James Lindsay's Sanbiki No Kashikoi Saru for three voices (SSA).
Duration: 5 minutes
Also published as part of UYMP's Songspin Songbook, ISMN M 57036 603 3.
Commissioned and first performed by Juice Vocal Ensemble at the York Spring Festival of New Music, 8th May 2003.
The text for this piece is taken from the Japanese myth of the Three Wise Monkeys (sanbiki no kashikoi saru): ‘mi zaru, kika zaru, iwa zaru’ literally translates as ‘nothing seen, nothing heard, nothing said’, but is more commonly known as ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’. The piece itself came before the text and takes as its core influence from the music of the Japanese hip hop/drum and bass star DJ Krush, centering around a sample from his track ‘Trihedron’ from his 2002 album The Message at the Depth.