OKUTAMA STORY is...

I was born on the river side of "Tamagawa" river near Tokyo bay and raised by water from this river. The riverhead "Okuchichibu", "Okutama" are mother mountain for me. It was when I graduated high school - started mountain trekking toward upstream. It was 1980 when I headed for the riverhead consciously. Now I trek in the riverhead several times a year. The nature and people who I met gave much energy to my heart. Now I produce music inspired by nature,history,legend and incidents concerning the riverhead and this mountain area. There is a genre called Mountain Photograph (shoot by photographer who loves mountain). Is there a genre called Mountain Music ? (not so called American Mountain Music.) Sometimes I received a hospitality such kind of a homemade foods cooked by people who live in the mountain. I was very impressed that seasoning was kept by that family from long long ago, if it's delicious or not. I wish I could produce music just like such homemade foods. How do you taste it ? I hope you like this.
Isogawa, Shin-ich

Tamagawa river and it's riverhead

First drip of "Tamagawa" river drips from Mt. Kasatori (altitude 1953m) located in Ichinose Enzan city Yamanashi prf. 123.5 Km far from Haneda Otaku Tokyo (bay). Upper stream is called "Taba" river and root stream is called "Ichinose" river. Canyon is deep and beautiful. Riverhead area located in Yamanashi prf. but water forest is controlled under Tokyo metropolitan.


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Mountain Touring Music inspired by nature,history,legend and incidents concerning the riverhead of Tamagawa river-Okuchichibu,Okutama mountain area in japan.
Acoustic ensemble using various kind of strings with such kind of feeling-Joy,loneliness and pleasuretimes when people go through mountain trail.


OKUTAMA STORY

KON
A masterpiece of new acoustic music is established, using mandolin, banjo ,dulcimer etc. Amazing string sound you have never heard that couldn't realize by live performance.

Tunes

Skull-Sarekohbe-
Thousand Peck
Ancient Tree
Wishes For The Axe
Far Scratch
Trace Of The Bonfire
Ki-67 (Japanese army bomber World War ll wreck on the mountain)
Wind Plow The Grass
Sunbeam Slants Gently
Turning

Demo


Musical Instruments:

6&12 Strings Acoustic Guitar
Mandolin
5 Strings Banjo
Fiddle
Cello
Hammered Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
Pedal Steel Guitar
Piano
Harmonica
Ocarina
Pan Pipe
Huho
Suzu


Produced, Composition, Performing, Recording-Mixing, Cover Desing By Isogawa,Shin-ichi
Produced in 1990
GACD-001

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Demo or Buy on CD BABY Demo or Buy on CD BABY Isogawa Shin-ichi - Okutama Story "kon"





OKUTAMA STORY

ROTTEN WOOD
Records of the micro trace of human and wildlife lives in water forest . You may feel such micro trace are link to one page of history of the earth. Rich sound beyond the full orchestra.

Tunes

* Silver Canyon
Silent Feather
Blade
Hiroko's Cap Hanger
* Old man said
Sprang Tree
* Journey Of The Sands
Sirasawa Pass
* DODGE
Winch

*Demo


Musical Instruments:

6&12 Strings Acoustic Guitar
Mandolin
5 Strings Banjo
Fiddle
Cello
Hammered Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
ISO Type Dulcimer
Pedal Steel Guitar
Koto
Harmonica
Ocarina
Pan Pipe
Suzu


Produced, Composition, Performing, Recording-Mixing, Cover Desing By Isogawa,Shin-ichi
Produced in 1993
GACD-002

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OKUTAMA STORY

ATO
Mandolin and hammered dulcimer are pouring like a morning due and sunshine through the fresh green leaves. Simple ensemble, but delicate and rich taste of strings. Feeling just like you watch the old photo album.

Tunes

* Karamatsuo
Susumu's Bamboo Scale
Okohjinsama
Running Water
Someone Passed Here
Bone And Skin
Saiki's Trail
* Gisell
* GMC
* Breath Of The Mountain (Dedicate to Uemura Naomi sleep in Mt. Machinlee)

*Demo


Musical Instruments:

6&12 Strings Acoustic Guitar
Mandolin
Bouzuki
Fiddle
Cello
Hammered Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
Pedal Steel Guitar
ISO Type Koto
ISO Type Acordion
Harmonica
Ocarina
Pan Pipe
Yayoi Tutibue
Anma Fue
Singing Bowl
Suzu


Produced, Composition, Performing, Recording-Mixing, Cover Desing By Isogawa,Shin-ichi
Produced in 1996
GACD-003

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OKUTAMA STORY

LEGEND OF SIX GUYS
Conceptual album based on artist's thinking about defeated soldier and legend of "Six Guys" who serched for gold mine of riverhead area in japanese historical war period.

Tunes

* Scratch Of The Gods Nail
At Kizaemon Creek
Journey Of Nezumibarsan
* Edge Of The Feather
History Of Ice
Water Divide (Dedicate to defeated soldier who could not clear the pass.)
Smell Of Blood
Violet Time
* Mushiokuri
Castle Azami
* Golden Dream Was Like A Sand

*Demo


Musical Instruments:

6&12 Strings Acoustic Guitar
Mandolin
5 Strings Banjo
Fiddle
Cello
Hammered Dulcimer
Pedal Steel Guitar
Piano
ISO Type Acordion
Harmonica
Ocarina
Suzu
Wood Stick


Produced, Composition, Performing, Recording-Mixing, Cover Desing By Isogawa,Shin-ichi
Produced in 1989
GACD-004

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OKUTAMA STORY

KOKU
Newest album with japanese traditional instruments ex. Chikuzen-Biwa, 17 Strings-Koto, Shakuhachi, Hichiriki, Oo-Taiko.

Tunes

Inugiri Pass
Straw Horse
Eyes Of Hawk
Wind Knocks On The Door Of Soul
Yellow Dream
Frost On Sleeping Face
Soul Turns On The Pass
Kidnapper
Broken Tree
Eyes Of Deer

Demo


Musical Instruments:

6&12 Strings Acoustic Guitar
Mandolin
5 Strings Banjo
Fiddle
Cello
Hammered Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
Koto
17 Strings-Koto
Chikuzen-Biwa
ISO Type Acordion
Ocarina
Shakuhachi
Hichiriki
Den-Den-Taiko
Oo-Taiko
Suzu
Wood Stick


Produced, Composition, Performing, Recording-Mixing, Cover Desing By Isogawa,Shin-ichi
Produced in 2009




Available at following Music Shop and Place

"KAWASE GAKKI" / Kanda Tokyo
"B.O.M."service,ltd.
"DEN-EN CHOFU Gallery"/ Den-en chofu
"cafe DESPACIO"/ Den-en chofu
CD Shop "MINER-DOU"/ Ohme
Coffee And Gallery "YAMABATO"/ Okutama
Gallery "POPO" / Okutama
"YAMANO FURUSATO MURA"/Lake Okutama



Profile

Isogawa, Shin-ich was born in Tokyo 1956. In high school days, he was interesting in american folk,bluegrass and mountain music and started composing and performing. After school days, he absorved various kind of string instruments sounds include ethnic musical instruments through various kind of genre. He trek in the river head of "Tamagawa" river-"Okuchichibu", "Okutama" mountain area as hobby. In mid of 70's, he made a plan to produce music for strings ensemble. His idea was not so called classic strings ensembles, he wants a help from the ethnic musical instruments, furthermore he obtains "touch to the heart-strings" sounds by unique way. For example, unison performing with couple of different instruments, innovative performing or recording techniques and acoustic sound control e.t.c. . In order to this unique idea, he uses multi-track recording systems. In 1982, he started out to produce "OKUTAMA STORY" by himself through composing, arrangement, performing, recording, mixing to mastering.
Now, he join to the "Houkiboshi"-composing, performing and researching society using Japanese traditional instruments and produce it's ensembles.
He is researching "The Roots Of Sound For Japanese" as personal interesting and a member of "The Society For Research In Asiatic Music" and "The Acoustic Society Of Japan".
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Jerry Rockwell's Mountain Dulcimer Page

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