Madi Sato

Return to the River
Posted on: March 11, 2011

Return to the River will be an album of traditional Japanese music mixed with original songs from world music singer and songwriter, Madi Sato. Compositions are based in part on Madi’s collaborations with world musicians and also drawn from Japanese mythology. The music will be recorded at a Japanese Zen Monastary with world-class Japanese musicians, including grammy-winning Taiko drummer, Koji Nakamura, celebrated Taiko master, Kenny Endo,master Koto player, Yukiko Matsuyama and Shakuhachi flute master, David Wheeler. Madi’s CD will also include the Santa Fe Women’s Sacred World Music choir (founded and directed by Madi Sato) and Madi’s mentored student, Clara Natonabah (a student at the Santa Fe Indian School), as well as local poet and teacher Timothy McLaughlin. Acclaimed musician, and local Santa Fe pianist, John Rangel, will produce the album. Two of the songs have already been adopted by Japanese spiritual organization, Shumei International Institute, as theme songs sung in numerous temples in Japan, one of which includes a 30 member Japanese children’s choir.

The funds would help pay for post-production elements of the CD, which includes mixing and mastering, graphics, and manufacturing costs (CD duplication).

The pre-production of all musical tracks and organization for live recording with the artists involved has been ongoing from October 2010. The recording at the Japanese Monastery is scheduled for January 2011 while post-production and manufacturing will occur from February-April 2011. The CD is projected to be released in June 2011.

For several years, I have been on a deep journey as a singer and songwriter and my voice and artistry have matured as I enter the next phase of my musical career. Through extensive studies of traditional Japanese Shigin music, I am reemerging with a collection of new songs– a fusion of sacred Japanese music and my original music. There is currently lots of excitement and interest around sacred music both locally in Santa Fe and globally, and I hope this new album (my third) will serve as a bridge between traditional Japanese music and modern American soundscapes.


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