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Stephan Micus
Life

Stephan Micus bagana, Balinese and Burmese gongs, Bavarian zither, bowed bagana, dilruba, dondon, kyeezee, maung, nay, sho, Thai singing bowls, Tibetan chimes, Tibetan cymbals, tin whistle, voice
 

Narration One And The Master's Question
The Temple
Narration Two
The Monk's Answer
Narration Three
The Master's Anger
Narration Four
The Monk's Question
The Sky
The Master's Answer


Recorded 2001-2004
ECM 1897
 
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Both a continuation and a departure from earlier work, “Life” sets to music an old Zen koan, or teaching story, on “the meaning of life”. Stephan Micus sings the text in Japanese and embodies the koan’s multi-layered meanings in his composition, scored for a characteristically wide range of ethnic/traditional instruments – from the Ethiopian bagana to the Irish tin whistle.