Photo of the day - 4 Feb 2016 - and some new music!

New music!  "Winter Solstice Procession", celebrating the return of longer days and looking forwards to Spring.

Audio previews available now at http://www.markjsmusic.com/music/.  Coming soon to iTunes/Apple Music and CDBaby.

This image was taken on the day of the Winter Solstice in December 2013 in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

This image was taken on the day of the Winter Solstice in December 2013 in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

New music [old style]

This one is called, "Arlindy Jay".  It uses some great sample libraries from Orchestral Tools in Berlin: violins, viola, cello, and bass viol from the string family, and flutes, oboe, English horn, clarinets, and bassoon from the woodwind section.

There are also trumpets, French horns and trombones in the mix.

Amagisan Doro - original music and photo compilation

"Amagisan Doro", written 天城山道路 in Japanese, means "Amagi Mountain Road".  "Amagi" itself is a place name written with the characters 天, meaning "sky" or "heaven", and 城, meaning "castle".  The place is on the backbone of the Izu Peninsula of Japan that lies between Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean just south of Mt. Fuji, and about 100 km from Tokyo.

When I lived in Japan, I spent many happy hours hiking among the tall cedars, and along the stone terraces where the famous Japanese radish "wasabi" has been cultivated for hundreds of years.  Wasabi requires plenty of cold, clean water, and the mountain streams that run down out of the highest points in Izu are diverted into cascading stone-walled beds.  The wasabi paste that accompanies sushi and other Japanese fare is made by simply rubbing the root on a rough surface.

The Amagi area is also well-known as the setting for what is commonly regarded as Japan's most famous short story, The Dancing Girl of Izu [伊豆の踊り子].

The music of Amagisan Doro is peaceful and contemplative.  It evokes the sounds of two classical Japanese instruments: the koto, a sort of wooden harp with strings that are plucked, and the shakuhachi, a wooden flute.

The music is accompanied by sequence of photos and videos I captured during my walks in those mountains.  Enjoy!