The first album created by Satoshi Harada, Japanese Erhu player. This album includes Chinese traditional pieces, Western classic music and his original works. Erhu is one of the Chinese traditional music instruments, whose tone is thought to be closest to women's singing voice. Erhu is also called as Eastern violin and its beautiful sound is widely accepted in Japan too. Satoshi's Erhu has both Chinese traditional tone and Japanese delicate sound, appreciated by professionals and a large audience. For this album, Satoshi arranged the music, created accompanied sound sources and finished mixing and mastering all by himself, aiming for the perfectness only achieved by an Erhu player. This album also tried many performances which are not common to traditional Erhu music albums, including collaboration with Japanese instruments in traditional music, a trio without accompaniment, arrangement considering Japanese listeners' preference, technical works performed by deep sound Erhu etc. Not only Erhu but also Erquan-Erhu and Zhonghu were played a lot in this album, which made it more colorful. Satoshi has a career of Chinese interpreter and engaged in work related deeply to China for many years so that this album enables us to enjoy performances by a Japanese player who is familiar with the Chinese spiritual world.
Japanese Erhu player/composer/arranger. Born in Hokkaido, grown up in Fukuoka and currently living in Kanagawa. While working as an office worker, Satoshi has played Erhu around Kanto area and teaches Erhu in Ebina, Kanagawa. He spent more than half of his twenties in China and had a destined encounter with Erhu in his first year there. Before coming back to Japan, he was taught professionally by Huo Xiaojun, ex-Erhu-soloist of Chinese National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and studied in China Conservatory of Music. In that school, he belonged to Huaxia Folk Orchestra. He also visited Shandong, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and other farming villages of every province, communicated with people playing Erhu and was featured by local media. He learned composition and arrangement and released original and cover works on the Internet or other forms of media. He also specializes in Chinese language, looking for a new culture like blending Chinese poetry and Erhu.