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The Ponto-cho district in Kyoto is today an area where geisha and kabuki traditions rub elbows with expensive restaurants, but in earlier times its reputation was closer to that of the Storyville section of New Orleans in the early 20th century. Honshuku's PONTO brings a whiff of blues and the second line to this sultry xote.


from Racha Fora, released November 1, 2011
Composed and arranged by Hiroaki Honshuku
Hiroaki Honshuku - EWI
Rika Ikeda - violin
Mauricio Andrade - guitar
Rafael Russi - bass



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"Let's go!" is one of the many possible translations of Racha Fora (pronounced "hasha fora"), but the one most apropos to this ensemble might be "branch line"—in this case running from Brazil to Japan, a link older and deeper than you might imagine. Racha Fora's sound is, appropriately, at once delicate and propulsive, acoustic and electronic, and fleet of finger and mind. ... more

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