Sunday, September 14, 2014

Transcription: Coto - Kashiwa Daisuke

Requested by a student, below is a transcription for solo piano of Kashiwa Daisuke's recording of "Coto," presumably named after the Japanese instrument.  [Also, see a transcription of Daisuke's take on the jazz standard "My Favorite Things"  at ]

I almost knew I would be posting another not-quite-jazz transcription for piano given that it is:  
1. reminiscent of much of the music I lovingly recall from my month touring the Asian continent back in 2011,
2. from the same album as a previous transcription I posted
3. aurally similar to something you might find on a Studio Ghibli movie soundtrack -- movies I've been re-watching with my wife this summer.

Two transcriptions from the same album... Fate?  Maybe. A good idea? Always.

Kashiwa Daisuke was born in Hiroshima and started his music career in 2001 composing and playing guitar in the Japanese post-rock band Yodaka.  The sheet music below is playable by intermediate through advanced pianists + you don't have to be a jazz player!

Scroll down for a full transcription of Kashiwa Daisuke's solo piano recording from the album 88, to which you can listen via YouTube:

Kashiwa Daisuke's "Coto" (YouTube)


Kashiwa Daisuke: 88
(Virgin Babylon, 2011)

Ohka / Quartz / Coto / Swan Song / My Favorite Things (Rodgers/Hammerstein)/ the Night of the Kentaurus Festival /Albireo / Scorpion of Red Eyes / Good-bye / Travel Around Stars / in the Lake [VBR-005]



Austin Kimble is a professional jazz pianist, music director, educator, and composer based in Austin, Texas.

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  1. thank you so much. this is one of my favorite songs ever and i first heard it in about 2010 and now in 2017 i can finally learn it. thank you!

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