Sōmei Satō

Japan *1947

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Sōmei Satō (jap. 佐藤 聰明, Satō Sōmei; * 19. January 1947 in Sendai, Japan) is a Japanese composer. His music is a fusion of Western and Japanese tradition (Gendai Hogaku) and inspired by Shintō and Zen Buddhism. (Wikipedia)

Somei Satoh, by Hilary Hahn

Compositions

Premiere: 1990 Wellington (New Zealand)
Commitioned by Victoria University of Wellington
RD:NEW ALBION/NA-099

Sōmei Satō creates a multi-track overtone choir with his own voice and uses vowel overtone singing as an effect. I have heard something similar from Roberto Laneri’s “Two views of the Amazon” from 1981. At the beginning of the 1980s, this probably sounded more like electronic music to most listeners, as overtone singing was still virtually unknown in the West.

Premiere 1982. Tokyo.
Commitioned by Japan Foundation
RD:ALM/AL-26, NEW ALBION/NA-099, NA-016

One of the very early compositions for western overtone singing. At that time overtone singing was hardly known.

23′
World premiere Tokyo 1986.
RD:NEW ALBION/NA-016, NA-099

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