Seiji Endo, a poet at the piano, plays his original compositions for solo piano on his second solo album “Circle For Peace”. While he plays unaccompanied throughout, a children's choir also joins him briefly, reminding one of the childlike purity and hopefulness conceived in his music.
Through sincerity depicted on the album cover and title, the concept is peace and comfort. Accordingly, Endo's playing is full of emotion: tenderness and sensitivity ring throughout, with some melancholy mixed in, alternately romantic, classical, and soft pop at times. Melodic quotes from his previous album even make appearances. Overall, Endo conveys his personality through his soothing music filled with hope and beauty, calm and peace.
Seiji Endo: Circle For Peace
Seiji Endo - solo piano and compositions
Chorus: Zushi Iruka Jido Gasshoudan (tr. 1, 11)
Illustrations: Tatsuo Inoue
Released 2016 on Nippon Acoustic Records, Inc NARP-8009.
(Name in Japanese: Seiji Endo 遠藤征志)
Excerpt from the opening track on the album, "Circle For Peace":
Seiji Endo performing a solo piano piece from his previous album “Sakura Meditations” entitled “Bara No Sasayaki” (Whispers of a Rose) at the legendary Hot House jazz club in Tokyo:
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