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Donald WomackBendshakuhachi, shamisen, 21-string koto 尺八、三味線, 二十絃箏12:002006
Recorded on the album Breaking Heaven (Albany Records)

Bend presents a new take on the traditional sankyoku trio of shakuhachi, shamisen and koto. The title refers both to the extensive use of pitch bending and to the form of the piece, which is slightly irregular or "bent" in its shape. Incorporating characteristics of rock music, the piece is angular, driving, and rhythmic, with a fast first section followed by a slow ending. Along the way there are cadenzas for each instrument, including an extended cadenza for 21-string koto just before the coda.