Yes, Yes, Yasu!

Young Yasuaki Fukuhara, Leyland’s Japanese virtuoso percussionist completes the recording of his debut solo CD

 

Having completed a Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Yasuaki Fukuhara has fulfilled another of the goals he set when he came to England to study, completing the recording of his debut solo CD. The recording features Yasuaki playing a myriad of different percussion instruments and a mix of music including specially commissioned pieces.

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The items include four pieces with band accompaniment, and Yasuaki was delighted his long time mentor Richard Evans and Leyland Band were able to contribute brilliantly to the project.

The Golden Apples of the Sun” commissioned by Yasuaki and written by Rodney Newton is a major concerto for percussion and brass band in three movements, ‘Through hollow lands and hilly lands’, ‘The silver apples of the moon’, and ‘The golden apples of the sun’ evoking the Orient in a modern context.

Two pieces by David Danford followed with the brass band version of David’s wonderful “Marimba Concerto”, followed by another Yasuaki commission “Battlefield”.

James McFadyen is a young composer who is beginning to build an impressive portfolio of work , and his piece written for Yasuaki, “Anthracite Dances” provides another contrasting contribution written in what one described as a ragtime fusion with a large degree of quirkiness.

 

See recording details here

The Golden Apples of the Sun web3