Japanese Notebooks

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Label. Stella Recordings
Cat. ID. SR07CD
Format. Limited edition handmade CD – 300 copies (sold out)
Release date. November 09th, 2017

01. New Day (Tokyo) (3:51)
02. ichi (Kumo) (3:00)
03. Temper (Yukio Mishima) (4:51)
04. Downfall (Junichiro Tanizaki) (4:05)
05. ni (Matsu) (3:00)
06. The Long Journey (Matsuo Basho) (5:23)
07. Flock (Abe Sada) (5:27)
08. san (Igoruto) (2:50)
09. Clouds (Ryounkaku no tō) (4:48)
10. Vanished (Yoshiharu Tsuge) (3:52)
11. shi (Tōku) (2:35)
12. Calm (Midori no yume) (5:06)
13. Thirteen Petals (Kiku) (2:48)

‘Japanese Notebooks’ is Stefano Guzzetti’s personal interpretation of Igort’s graphic novel bearing the same title. He started writing these tracks after meeting him and discovering his works and enchanting worlds… so this is the view of Japan through Guzzetti’s music and Igort’s beautiful drawings.

The music featured in this album is also the soundtrack to ‘Manga Do’, a documentary directed by Domenico Distilo about Igort’s trip to Japan in spring 2016, out in 2018 for Sciara Film Productions.

The CD edition of this album is a beautiful handmade deluxe edition featuring a four page booklet, a set of four postcards, a glass master cd, and a download code to all audio formats and the score to the string trio ‘Thirteen Petals (Kiku)’. Everything is then be tied up in a thick cardboard folded sleeve which will be lined by an external obi / fascia. All the package is then sealed in original Japanese vinyl-replica-cd pvc bags. All printed images are in a lovely glossy finish.

All music written, produced and mastered by Stefano Guzzetti

Stefano Guzzetti. piano, electronics, field recordings
Simone Soro. violin
Giulia Dessy. viola
Gianluca Pischedda. cello

All artwork by Igort and reproduced by kind permission of the author.
Sleeve design, packaging and manufacturing by Stefano Guzzetti for Stella Recordings.

All tracks copyright protected, all rights reserved
Published by Mute Song Ltd.

SR07. ℗ & © 2017 Stella Recordings.

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