发行版本:Pacific Moon Records (CHCB-10020 / PMR-0020)
专辑风格:New Age, Ethnic Fusion
艺 术 家:Eri Sugai(菅井爱里)
《舞》,和月唯一一张以人声为主题的专辑，甚具特色，事实上菅井爱里也成功的把人的声音演绎到了令人抚掌惊叹的境地。竹田摇篮曲（即王杰“祈祷”原曲）在和月这里就有二胡、人声、古筝三个版本，菅井爱里的人声版是毋庸置疑的最佳演绎。苍井爱莉，尽管她的名字并不为多数人所知，但也许很多人都听过她的声音。对美国流行乐的憧憬及教堂音乐对她的薰陶，她步入了音乐的世界。她的音乐天赋和嗓音的清澈音质曾从事过两百多个电视广告，她在日本经营了一个牢固的地位，一个声乐家与广告创作者的地位。 她在Pop界很活跃，如，1994年她放出一张独唱专辑，此外，在其他活动中为多位艺人写了50多首歌。 苍井爱莉和Pacific Moon的第一次会师是在“月III”中。她在精选集中推出两首歌，分别是“竹田摇篮曲”和“A SONG OF BIRTH”。因为她嗓音的清晰，及使用独唱多重录音创造的合声的压倒力，她从各界获得极大的嘉奖。 人声具有打动人的力量。开元以来，能发声的动物只是把“嗓音”作为一种表达意图的方式，只有人类将其上升到音乐的高度（那就是“歌”）并成为“艺术”。也许“歌”是发展得最快的艺术，在音乐艺术中也是如此，所以它是这样的被人们所喜爱。在日本我们有各种各样的歌，如民歌，儿歌等等。不过看起来，在日本歌曲中“和谐”这概念并不是存在得很强烈，很多歌的风格是人声独唱，或是合唱。 在这张唱片中，苍井爱莉用源于教堂音乐的具有和谐特色的西方音乐融合日本民歌。这开创了一个独一无二的世界。专辑中八首是她原创的，所有的曲目都是她编曲的。合声（有时是由一百多个声道出演的）被制作得十分精细，一点又一点，就像是在细心织锦一般。听起来既精细又富于神思，就如同包裹住听者一样。音轨七，“舞”，同时也是专辑标题，插入了糅和打击节奏演唱的民族合声，而且合声听起来绝顶清晰。它让听者产生围着篝火起舞的神秘景象。在这支歌的过场中使用了“笙”（一种十七长短管簧乐器）来渲染。同时，尺八、Quena、中国笛、十三弦古筝和其他乐器也被引入不同的歌中，创出了神秘的东方世界。 苍井爱莉独自完成了这意识交错的工程，她谱想了旋律中的每一个音及支持音轨的每一个合声，然后创造了这些声音。据说她是这样一个人，值得授予“创作天才”称号的人。 当我听她由Pacific Moon出品的第一张唱片“舞”时，我再一次的感受到人声的感性引力、可能性的限度与深度感触。 而且这张唱片可以说是人声唱片中的一张精致杰作。它将人声的最大限度汲取了出来。 -----(转)
Japanese recording artist Eri Sugai's (pronounced 'Elli S-guy') debut solo album is entitled Mai (Pacific Moon Records (Japan) CHCB-10020, 2000). Even though her name is not well known, many have probably listened to her singing voice. With a strong affinity to both American pop music and the church, she went into the music world. With her extensive musical talent and a crystalline voice, Eri Sugai has provided music for more than two hundred television commercials; she is an established commercial creator and vocalist in Japan. Eri Sugai has contributed extensively to the Stella Mirus entitled Air that we will be reviewing here soon. Interested readers may also wish to begin exploring the latest recordings by Himekami that are performed in a similar style.
Mai is a new agey human voice album lightly accompanied by traditional percussion and other light instrumentation. The style is similar to Adiemus in many ways and will likely appeal to those that are enthusiastic over Miriam Stockley's vocal work. On Mai Eri Sugai provides layer upon layer of stunning crystal clear vocals except on "Honen Bushi" where Anna Sugar takes the lead. The album opens with the relaxing tune "Horizon"; layers of Eri's vocals are underscored by a light instrumental arrangement. From Eri's liner notes, "Mr Oh's Chinese flute blows the Asian continent's wind into my chorus of specially coined words." About "Honen Bushi," she wrote, "While I was listening to Anna Sugar singing, I noticed that this melody consists of only one chord, and I wondered how it would be if some harmony and Asian percussion was added to it. By the time she had finished I had perfectly imagined the style arrangements for this song." With obvious Oriental influences, like "A Lullaby of Takeda," it is lovely.
Eri's vocals are much lighter and sensual than Anna Sugar's and the contrast is everso evident in the opeing of "Konjaku Monogatari." Contemporary instrumentals and Chinese flute interplay with Eri's a capeppa vocalisations. The track most reminiscent of Adiemus' sound is "Aqua." Performed only with vocals, it is the long version of the TV commercial song for 'Nippon Kodo.' Eri wrote, "I created an arrangement in which I used two types of voice and united them, and I put this into the chorus." It is stunning. The album's title track, "Mai," is equally inspiring and performed in the same, albeit more adventurous, style.
On "First Love" Eri provides vocalise in the style of the Niko (a Chinese stringed instrument). Accompanied by piano alone before the orchestra joins, the song further illustrates her vocal virtuousity. Lovely vocalise by Eri Sugai and Anna Sugar blend with traditional Asian instrumentation on the everso sensual new age track "Rakuen." Layers of Eri's a capella vocals are supported only by light (hand clapping) percussion in the upbeat track "A Song Of Birth." The album concludes with the dynamic "China Rose." On the last two tracks we found the vocal harmonies and further effects as amazing as they were beautiful.
Eri Sugai told us, "I love singing and making songs! Mai's clear and ethnic voice is personal investment from my other studio work. Even though I use many styles of singing, my heart is one." She continued with a metaphor, "Like when we are in a room with a fireplace, like when we are in the body of our monther, this music will keep you warm, well, happy and in peace. I hope you enjoy them all."
Mai will be released outside of Japan in early 2001 and can be ordered from amazon.com here. The album is a stunning testament to Eri Sugai's songwriting and vocal talents. We were reminded instantly of Adiemus from first listen and are certain that the album will appeal to Karl Jenkins and Miriam Stockley enthusiasts. Certainly worth a trans-pacific or cross-country journey and today's import prices, this album is a must listen!
Eri Sugai. Even though her name is not known, many have probably listened to her singing voice. Longing for American pops and strongly affected by church music, she went into the music world. She has worked on the music for over two hundred television commercials because of the transparent quality of her voice and her musical talent, and she has built up a steady position as a commercial creator and vocalist in Japan.
She has been active in the pop field, for example, releasing her solo album in 1994, and also writing over fifty songs for many artists in addition to other activities.
The first meeting of Eri Sugai and 'PACIFIC MOON' was 'PACIFIC MOON VARIOUS ARTISTS III'. She presented two songs, 'A LULLABY OF TAKEDA' and, 'A SONG OF BIRTH' on this compilation album and she received great accolades from various fields because of the rare clarity of her voice and her overwhelming chorus sounds created by solo multiplex recording.
The human voice has the power to move people. Since the dawn of history, among all the animals which use 'voice' as a way to transfer intentions, only human beings have elevated music which uses 'voice' (that is, 'song') to become an 'Art'. Probably song is the fastest of all the arts to have developed, and it is the most musical art so it has always been loved by people. In Japan also we have a variety of songs such as folk songs, classic children's songs and so on. But it seems as if the concept of 'harmony' did not exist strongly in Japanese songs, and mostly songs have been sung in a solo vocal style, or with people singing in unison.
In this album, Eri Sugai harmonizes Japanese folk and other melodies with harmonies particular to western music derived from church music. This creates a unique world. Eight of the ten songs recorded on the album are her originals and she arranges all of the songs on the album. The chorus sound (which sometimes features more than a hundred channels) was created carefully, piece by piece, as though she has been carefully weaving silk into cloth. It sounds delicate and full of thoughtfulness, as if it is wrapping around the listener. The seventh track, 'MAI', which is also the title of the album, intertwines national chorus phrases which are sung with the percussion rhythm and a chorus that is full of clarity. It makes the listener imagine a mysterious scene like a dance around a bonfire. In this song a 'Shou' (a wind instrument with seventeen pipes of various lengths) is used in an effective interlude. Also Shakuhachi, Quena, Chinese flutes, Koto and other instruments are introduced in various songs, creating an oriental and mysterious world.
Eri Sugai has completed a mind-boggling project alone, in which she has imagined each sound from the melodies and choruses to the backing tracks, and then created those sounds. It can be said that she is one of those artists who deserves to be called a 'Creative Genius'. When I listen to her first album by PACIFIC MOON, 'MAI', I once again feel the emotional attractiveness, scales of possibility and depths of touch which are in the human voice. And it can be said that this album is the finest masterpiece of a 'human voice album' in the way it has drawn out the maximum depth a voice has.
《梦幻星夜》(Stella Mirus II) http://lib.VeryCD.com/2008/03/23/0000183882.html
《天空》(Stella Mirus I) http://lib.VeryCD.com/2008/01/04/0000176146.html
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02. Honen Bushi
03. Konjaku Monogatari
05. Lullaby of Takeda
06. First Love
09. A Song of Birth
10. China Rose