Shiro Uneri [白容裔]
Composed by Shane Tysk
Suggested arrangement: 1 odaiko, 1 shime/okedo set (okejime), 3 chudaiko
A yokai (Japanese spirit) possessing tattered rags and nets, the Shiro Uneri resembles a small, ghostly dragon. It haunts the places where its old rag body once lay disused, causing mischief throughout the household. Shiro Uneri is considered to be the literary invention of Toriyama Sekien, a feudal era scholar, writer, and artist known for his fanciful depictions of Japanese folklore. Our version of Shiro Uneri makes use of a swing beat and strong rhythms to capture the essence of the dragon’s movements.
SHIRO UNERI SONG ORDER
Bridge 1, Bridge 2, Bridge 1
During Bridge 2, the okejime set player plays a set of kane. The kane we use are sizes #4.5 and #5, placed on a flat surface. Then during the second half of the song (ABBABBA), the okejime player should feel free to improvise using the kane as well as the set.