Release Date: June 1, 2012
Catalog #: NV5876
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Chamber
East Asian

Magic Mirror

Selected Works for Japanese Instruments, Vol. 2

Marty Regan composer

MAGIC MIRROR, the second volume of composer Marty Regan’s series of Selected Works for Japanese Instruments, presents a collection of works composed for traditional Japanese instrumentation with a Western-trained ear. Through the combination of his traditional classical education and intensive studies of Japanese music and culture, Regan explores the cross-cultural exchange between Eastern and Western traditions, blending the two into a dynamic sound that pushes the Japanese instruments to the very brink of their musical boundaries.

MAGIC MIRROR features performances by Seizan Sakata, Tetsuya Nozawa, Erina Matsumara, Izumi Fujikawa, Kenji Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Wakatsuki, Ray Jin, Hitomi Nakamura, Kazue Tajima, Maya Sakai, Yuka Sawade, Shozan Tanabe, Gen Takeuchi, Etsuko Hirano, Saeko Wakiya, Masabumi Sekiguchi, and Akiko Sakura.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Flamefox Marty Regan Seizan Sakata 7:50
02 Dragoneyes Marty Regan Erina Matsumura, Seizan Sakata, Tetsuya Nozawa 13:03
03 In the Night Sky Marty Regan Erina Matsumura, Kenji Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Wakatsuki 13:49
04 Magic Mirror Marty Regan Hitomi Nakamura, Kazue Tajima, Maya Sakai, Ray Jin, Tetsuya Nozawa, Yuka Sawada 14:25
05 Voyage Marty Regan Etsuko Hirano, Gen Takeuchi, Masabumi Sekiguchi, Saeko Wakiya, Shozan Tanabe 10:49
06 Devil's Bridge Marty Regan Akiko Sakurai, Tetsuya Nozawa 9:36

Producer: Marty Regan

Recording engineer(s): Hiroyuki Misaki: Shirakaba
Studio, Tokyo (flamefox, Voyage, and Devil’s Bridge),
ichiro/RHODES Premier: Studio Dedé, Tokyo (In the
Night Sky ), Masanaka Matsuoka: Kameria Hall,
Tokyo (Magic Mirror), Dai Takemoto: Studio Rin, Tokyo
(dragoneyes)

Editing and mixing: Hiroyuki Misaki (flamefox,
Voyage, and Devil’s Bridge), ichiro/RHODES Premier
(In the Night Sky), Masanaka Matsuoka (Magic Mirror)
Dai Takemoto (dragoneyes)

Funding for this recording was generously
provided by: 2010 Program to Enhance Scholarly
and Creative Activities (PESCA) and the 2011 Academy
for the Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Enrichment
Program at Texas A&M University

Portrait photography by: k. Norwood Portraiture

English-Japanese translations A Few Words from
the Composer and Program Notes by Yoko Sato

Japanese-English translations Performer Biographies by Marty Regan

Special thanks to Seizan Sakata, Tetsuya Nozawa,
Erina Matsumura, Izumi Fujikawa, Kenji Yamaguchi,
Nobuhiro Wakatsuki, Ray Jin, Hitomi Nakamura, Kazue
Tajima, Maya Sakai, Yuka Sawada, Shōzan Tanabe,
Gen Takeuchi, Etsuko Hirano, Saeko Wakiya, Masabumi
Sekiguchi, Akiko Sakurai, Hiroyuki Misaki, ichiro/
RHODES Premier, Masanaka Matsuoka, Dai Takemoto,
Yoko Sato, Alan Houtchens, and PARMA Recordings

All works © by Marty Regan, ASCAP

Label Executive Producer Bob Lord

Product Manager Jeff LeRoy

Mastering Shaun Michaud

Art Direction and Production Brett Picknell

A&R Mike Juozokas

PR Coordinator Rory Cooper

Artist Information

Marty Regan

Composer

Marty Regan graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 with a B.M. in Composition and a B.A. in English and East Asian Studies. From 2000-2002 he studied composition and took applied lessons on traditional Japanese instruments as a Japanese government-sponsored research student at Tokyo College of Music.

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