This piece of work is a collaboration between percussionists and composers Zands, Louise Anna Duggan and myself.

“Tokaido” is the name of the Shinkansen bullet train line from Kyoto to Tokyo and the piece was inspired by the feeling of hurtling through various landscapes, towns and cities.
It features a Nepalese singing bowl that remains constant throughout and a manipulated Turkish darabuka which opens the piece and reappears in various guises. The journey reaches its end as Mount Fuji enters the frame of the train window.

Tokaido was recorded at Real World Studios and released on the Deutsche Grammophon Label.

This is part of the Deutsche Grammophon’s project “12” representing today’s innovative and creative musicians.