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Donald WomackOff Balanceshamisen 三味線6:002008
Recorded on the album Breaking Heaven (Albany Records)

The title effectively characterizes the piece, which is constantly searching in vain for solid footing. From the opening gestures the music jerks back and forth unevenly, with frequent and sudden shifts of rhythm, dynamics, pitch, and register. The piece settles down a bit for a brief passage in the middle, before resuming its energized but teetering drive to the finish.