This truely is a desert island disc to this contributor. It has been held a special place since I first heard it many years ago. One of an amazing collection of albums by the enigmatic Micus.
Unless you have heard him before, I can assure you that you have heard nothing like this before, mainly because his music comes from another place, literally.
Micus is a master of an ever increasing range of world instruments that he uses, not to play the music of the instruments origin, but rather to create something totally new. For example, the instrument he plays on the cover is a sho, a Japanese mouth pipe organ. The sounds he makes from it are truely modern. You can hear a little of it in the first sample.
Micus plays all the instruments, as he always does and overdubs to create his sonic pieces. He has been a long time artist for ECM Records, so the recording and production is second to none.
The centerpiece of this album is "As I Crossed The Bridge Of Dreams" and what a centrepiece it is. A long instrumental (all vocals are wordless things of beauty) which slowly builds to a beautiful climax and finale.
I cannot recommend this album too highly, it is an important and magnificant. Just listen.
For The Beautiful Chan
For M'schr And Djingi
Keep listening !!!