12″ LP + CD
Please note that due to licensing restrictions, this release is not available on any digital format.
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12″ LP + CD
Black vinyl, 12″ letter-pressed sleeve, 2pp insert, glass-mastered CD housed in a 2-panel sleeve, offset printed on premium matt paper
20 Jan 2017
Entitled “CURTAIN CALL”, the new haruka nakamura special album will be Released worldwide on 20th January 2017 and for the first time on 12” LP + CD edition. First unveiled in the early spring of 2016, “CURTAIN CALL” was premiered via a NHK BS program “Gaudi’s Will – Sagrada Familia, the dream for 100 years” to a nationwide audience in Japan.
The title track “CURTAIN CALL” is recorded with the haruka nakamura PIANO ENSEMBLE formation, the same lineup from his last album “Ongaku No Aru Fuukei’ which consists of ARAKI Shin (Sax), Akira Uchida (Sax), Rie Nemoto (Violins) and Isao Saito (Drums). In addition, the recording features the angelic lead vocals of 14-year old prodigy Urara, who was discovered by haruka nakamura during his time as a producer for acclaimed Japanese artist Miu Sakamoto. Urara possesses a remarkable voice in the purest form, an instrument that expresses a range of fragile vocal textures and emotional shadings rare for her young age. The ensemble is also joined by 9-piece female choir CANTUS along with new members Norimasa Sakanoshita (Guitar) and Ami Misawa (Cello).
“CURTAIN CALL” looks back at a far-off past and long-lost landscapes; an elegiac mood showing a human spirit a sense of renewal which has displaced sorrow. In the quietest passage of the movement, the melody sung by Urara is the spiritual heart of the work. Consciously exercising restraint, haruka nakamura uses only a handful of musical elements (Acoustic Guitar, Solo Piano, Sampling and Horn arrangement by ARAKI Shin) in each subsequent renditions of the main track to allow the spotlight to shine on the melody. “CURTAIN CALL” is a journey, a transition and a continuity in sound in haruka nakamura’s rich and sonorous world.
This record is mixed and mastered by Gen Tanabe at Studio Camel House in Japan. “CURTAIN CALL” is available on a special LP + CD edition packaged in a customised foil stamped sleeve designed by KITCHEN. LABEL founder Ricks Ang. The package includes a double-sided 12 x 12 insert and a CD copy with an additional bonus track “Akuruhi”. This release is a joint release between NHK, Inpartmaint Inc. / p*dis and KITCHEN. LABEL. Total runtime: 24 mins (LP), 28 mins (CD).
*Due to licensing restriction, this release will not be available on all digital formats outside of Japan.
“世界中でもっとも印象的な教会のひとつ、サグラダ・ファミリアの天へと伸びていくその姿。NHK-BSプレミアム「ガウディの遺言～サグラダ・ファミリア100年の夢～」のためのテーマ曲を依頼されたharuka nakamuraが作り上げたのがこの「CURTAIN CALL」です。いつものPIANO ENSEMBLEのメンバーに坂ノ下典正（ギター）やCANTUS（コーラス）などが加わった壮麗な響きは、ソリストとしてフィーチャーされた14歳の少女うららの美声を借りて天上を舞い昇るが如く。”
— 雨と休日, Japan
— Disk Union, Japan
haruka nakamura is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Tokyo, Japan. While growing up in the snowy hills of Aomori, haruka learned to play piano and guitar on his own…