Release Date: July 1, 2010
Catalog #: NV5831
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
East Asian
String Quartet

Forest Whispers

Selected Works for Japanese Instruments, Vol. 1

Marty Regan composer

FOREST WHISPERS features works by Marty Regan that combine Western classical with the instrumentation and theory of traditional Japanese music, where musical time relies on the natural patterns of human breath to create a free, airy rhythm. With instruments from the shakuhachi to the koto, FOREST WHISPERS delivers classical music with a distinctively Japanese aesthetic.


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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Song-Poem of the Eastern Clouds Marty Regan Reiko Kimura, Seizan Sakata 14:02
02 Evanescent Yearning: I. Quarter Note = 92 Marty Regan Sahoko Nozawa, Tetsuya Nozawa 4:55
03 Evanescent Yearning: II. Quarter Note = 74 Marty Regan Sahoko Nozawa, Tetsuya Nozawa 3:41
04 Evanescent Yearning: III. Quarter Note = 138 Marty Regan Sahoko Nozawa, Tetsuya Nozawa 5:03
05 In Remembrance… Marty Regan Asako Hisatake, Kioko Miki, Seizan Sakata, Yasuko Furuse 12:34
06 Fastpass! Marty Regan Kaho Tosha, Tetsuya Nozawa 7:14
07 Forest Whispers Marty Regan Asako Hisatake, Seizan Sakata 14:16

Producer Marty Regan

Recording engineer Hiroyuki Misaki, Shirakaba
Studio, Tokyo

Editing and mixing Seizan Sakata

Funding for this recording was generously provided
by The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts,
Texas A&M University Department of Performance
iberal L Studies, Texas A&M University College of
– Arts, and the Texas A&M University Office of International Outreach (IRTAG)

Special thanks to Yoko Sato, Seizan Sakata, Reiko
ioko K imura, Tetsuya Nozawa, Sahoko Nozawa, K
aho Tosha, K Miki, Asako Hisatake, Yasuko Furuse,
Hiroyuki Misaki, Minoru Miki, David Wheeler,
ieuwen, Alan L David Sawyer, Ben Dixon, Peter
Houtchens, Donald Reid Womack, and PARMA

All works were recorded at Shirakaba Studio,

Song-Poem of the Eastern Clouds 東雲の詩
was recorded on August 8, 2008

Evanescent Yearning… 細雪を想い…
was recorded on June 25, 2008

In Remembrance…
was recorded on June 19, 2008

was recorded on June 22, 2008

Forest Whispers… 森が囁いて…
was recorded on June 19, 2008

All works © by Marty Regan, ASCAP

Label Executive Producer Bob Lord

Production Manager Jeff LeRoy

Product Manager Chris Sink

Mastering Shaun Michaud

Art Director Leeann Leftwich Zajas

Publicity Heidi Campbell

Artist Information

Marty Regan


A composer of over 80 works for traditional Japanese instruments, Marty Regan is a Professor and Head of the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. Widely regarded as the authoritative source on the subject, his translation of Minoru Miki’s Composing for Japanese Instruments was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2008. His music has been broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today and NHK’s Hōgaku no hito toki/A Moment for Traditional Japanese Music. His chamber opera, titled The Memory Stone, was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera as part of the HGOco's Songs of Houston: East + West initiative and was premiered in 2013 at the Asia Society Texas Center.