Looking at the word “liuto” would confuse most, as it’s not one of the more common instruments known round the world. Saying though it’s in the mandolin family starts to reveal the style and sound it can convey. A sound and style that Dohke, Atsuo learned to lve over time for a variety of reasons. Today his love has turned into quite the passion as he’s teamed up with pianist Yamao, Atsuko to form quite the musical duo. The two will present a show November 26, 2017 entitled Pleasure of Music No. 4. An attorney today, Dohke was once just a young man with music running through him. With that he was instructed in the late ’70s by celebrated mandolinist Mr. Hiramaya, Eizaburo.

The best way to go about describing the music about to be performed is to recommend listening to Dohke on the internet to hear live cuts of what this passionate performer is bringing to his performances. “Pilgrim March” being one of many choices to select from that I was impressed with the first time I went to listen to these masterful works. You’ll have to be really into it or might want to forget about even trying to focus on such music in the first place, but even if so, you can start by doing so here. It would be a wise choice, likely coming from any opinion.

“Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” is a performance of beauty and majesty all the way, as you could become hooked from the second you get wind of it. Guitar lovers can easily enjoy something like this, pianos lovers too. It doesn’t matter what variety of music you like, hoping you’re a music fan of any kind it will please even the youngest audiences looking for something they’ve never heard before. “Finlandia” has the same appeal written all over it. This is miles above the average musical partaking if you will, and that’s why it’s fun to hear. Anyone can agree if they just partake in some of it.

“Swan” begins with a piano motif to set it up before Dohke’s chops fly to the wind with the greatest of ease on this hypnotizing number. It’s absolutely-fascinating, and so is “Ma Dove Sei” for that matter. Both are equally captivating with all the bells and whistles to go with them. While the piano sweeps the arrangement in one direction, the liuto drives it back the other way and vice versa as they spa with much finesse and wonder, and without fuss and bother. There is a magical chemistry between them that holds it all down like nothing I’ve heard before, to its credit.

A whole lot can be said about very little when it comes to down to it. If “Adagietto” and the cosmic symphony that is “Bacchanale,” along with “Spartucs’s Adagio” aren’t enough to make fans out of you and ultimately get people to see performed, then it’s a loss and that’s an understatement. The only critical point to be had here is that it lacks major exposure and should not be doing that. It’s not going unheard from where I’m standing, it’s rather outstanding if you want something different but not hard to swallow.


Mike Tabor