Track Listings 1. Far Away From Here (music by Hirokazu Hiraishi, Tomoko Yazawa) 3'36 2. Gyration (music by Masahiro Sugaya, Tomoko Yazawa)5'55 3. Tlapazola (music by Carl Stone) 7'12 4. Imaginary Dance 1 (music by William Duckworth)1'14 5. The Time Curve Preludes 2 (music by William Duckworth)2'05 6. The Time Curve Preludes 3 (music by William Duckworth)2'13 7. Imaginary Dance 7 (music by William Duckworth)1'51 8. The Time Curve Preludes 1 (music by William Duckworth)2'12 9. Imaginary Dance 8 (music by William Duckworth)1'32 10. Patterns of Plants : The Seventh Collection : Pattern A (music by Mamoru Fujieda) 4'27 11.Patterns of Plants : The Seventh Collection : Pattern B (music by Mamoru Fujieda) 3'24 12. Patterns of Plants : The Seventh Collection : Pattern C (music by Mamoru Fujieda) 3'27 13. Patterns of Plants : The Seventh Collection : Pattern D (music by Mamoru Fujieda) 3'33 14. Fire (music by Hirokazu Hiraishi, Tomoko Yazawa) 6'17 note The theme of Geisha Farm is stylish, sexy and futuristic. The second disc from the label, 'Transition'is by Tomoko Yazawa, a contemporary music specialist and the owner of the label. A silk screen print on the jewel case allows for a 'transition' from the cover design when the booklet is removed. The refrain of phrase calls to your imagination, heavy beats invite you into trance. It is a disc of simplicity and depth. 'First things first, you can't help but love the sexy packaging of this new Geisha Fram/Monroe Street Music release. Printed on the jewel case itself is a translucent square vertically divided in half, one side red, the other blue, creating an optical tessellation that causes the bold, contemporary color scheme of the 2-page booklet inside to pop. It's a delicious effect. Now as for the music, well, sometime you can judge a book by it's cover. The first two tracks 'Far Away From Here' by Hirokazu Hiraishi and 'Gyration' by Masahiro Sugaya are downright slick, combining angular Babbitt-like riffs on the piano with laptop accompaniments reminiscent of the louder side of lowercase sound à la trente oiseaux, or the minimalist dub associated with ~scape, and of course good ol' club electronica. Next comes Carl Stone's chorale-like Tlapazola which distributes similar material to both piano and electronics while they rhythmically phases in and out of synch with one another. William Duckworth goes completely unplugged with his Imaginary Dances and The Time Curve Preludes. Pianist Tomoko Yazawa chooses to alternate 3 pieces from each collection. This Cliffs Notes version reveals an obsessiveness within the music, which sort of sounds like a mix of Satie, Debussy-like figures, blues, and pop-inspired minimalism. Although Mamoru Fujieda's Patterns of Plants - The Seventh Collection is also acoustic, it's definitely affected by the techno vibe that permeates the entire CD-reinforced in part by the ready-for-radio length of each track. In what could have been an attempted crossover disaster, Yazawa excels, even proves some street cred by programming some mean beats for Hiraishi's rousing piece Fire which very nicely bookends the entire disc.' -RN ~ Music Box ~ Listener's response 'Transition' ? Pop and experimental! It changed the image I used to have about the piano. ( office worker 30s) ? It felt as if I had been to the future. ( college tutor 40s) ? This is feel good music - the delicate piano sound expands inside your head.( college student ) ? I feel it relaxes and energizes me at the same time.( freelancer 20s) This CD is a limited edition, silk screen print. It won't be available forever! If listed as out-of-stock, it should become available again shortly. About artist Connoisseurs of modern music would know pianist Tomoko Yazawa as a contemporary music specialist. To quote the artist,' I'm much more attracted to music that is being created than music of former times. She has appeared many times in major contemporary music festivals all over the world and she is highly praised for her accurate performances which is supported by a deep understanding of works and her tonal beauty. Ms. Yazawa was born in Tokyo and is a graduate of the Toho School of Music. She also holds an advanced diploma from l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She was a scholarship student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1990. She is a recipient of major prizes and numerous famous composers have written works for her. Most notably 'La Mandragore' by Tristan Murail. She founded a recording label 'Geisha Farm' for women artists, of which she is the producer and the director. For the first album 'Cabaret', she was also the arranger for the cabaret songs of Kurt Weill, Friedlich Hollander and others. Through the breadth and variety of her musical activities, Ms Yazawa goes far beyond the confines of a pianist.