Albums
Produced by Bachido

The Shamisen, a timeless symbol of Japan's traditional musical arts is transformed in the hands of Kyle Abbott and "Monsters of Shamisen" into a symbol of Japan's spiritual connection through music to all of the world. Both online and in theaters all across the globe, this group of super charged virtuosos have been twanging their way into the hearts of world music fans as well as fans of almost every conceivable genre in existence.


Kyle Abbott
Frosty: A Retrospective Christmas (2016)

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It was a rainy Sunday in December, I was with my shamisen plucking away at what I thought would be a silly joke - Record 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', upload it to youtube and say it was part of an upcoming Christmas Album. Did I ever intend to actually make the album? Of course not. Despite intending the recording to be a silly joke, it had become a very intense, toe-tapping shamisen arrangement. "If a Christmas album was ever made, this arrangement would be SO album-worthy", I thought.

Two years later, that one song grew to twelve artful arrangements and became the very first shamisen-driven Christmas album - Frosty: A Retrospective Christmas. Personally, I am so delighted with the arrangements. I believe it's because the album's creative process began with feelings of silliness and whimsy, there was freedom to arrange these classic carols as far as my creative current took it. What's more, I have the great privilege to be joined by eight of my favorite talented musicians (shown below) who made these classic carols even more rocking!

Hang on to your wigs and keys, this Yule Tide is gonna be a wild one!
—Kyle Abbott, producer
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Frosty: A Retrospective Christmas

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The Complete Collection ($24.95)

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Includes:
Frosty: A Retrospective Christmas (Kyle Abbott)
The Cuckoo (Kyle Abbott)
Resonance (Monsters of Shamisen)
Stellar (Monsters of Shamisen)

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The Complete Collection

Special guests: Aki Takahashi - vocals (2); Masahiro Nitta - shamisen (5); Reigen Fujii - shamisen (6); Billy Pitrone - vocals (6)(11); Karl Young - shakuhachi (6); Kevin Kmetz - shamisen (7) Mike Penny - shamisen (11) Eien Hunter-Ishikawa - percussion (11)

Album art designed in France by the creative (yet tasteful) Samuel Mann! If you are making any project and would like solid, professional artwork, feel free to contact Samuel! Check out his Tumbler.


Kyle Abbott
The Cuckoo (2014)

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As you may or may not know, shamisen is not the only instrument I play. I started mandolin when I was 7, dabbled with banjo when I was 12, and then picked up shamisen when around 14~15 (as well as many other instruments in between). Not only did I love traditional Japanese music, but Tuvan throat singing, baroque and Appalachian old time were other musics I also dabbled in.

Practiced with these various genres, I always wanted to hear my favorite songs arranged with my instruments, but the limitations of being only one person made that quite difficult. However! When recording tracks for Monsters of Shamisen in 2012, I discovered I could easily record arrangements exactly how they sounded swimming in my head.

From this realization, I decided that whenever musical inspiration struck, I should run to the studio and record them. It was a very slow, organic process. Every few months for the next 1½ years, I recorded these songs whenever time and inspiration allowed. Before I knew it, there was enough material for my first solo album! Not only did I have a presentable collection of my musical works, but also, more importantly, I had the satisfaction that my brother wouldn't be the only Abbott with a solo album anymore! (Check out his album here!)
—Kyle Abbott, producer
Buy the set: Cuckoo set Download the album: CDBaby (MP3s and discs) iTunes Google Play Amazon MP3

Cuckoo Christmas Special!

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All instrumentation and vocals by Kyle Abbott.

Album art designed in France by the creative (yet tasteful) Samuel Mann! If you are making any project and would like solid, professional artwork, feel free to contact Samuel! Check out his Tumbler.


Monsters of Shamisen
Resonance (2014)

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Resonance continues the Monsters of Shamisen tradition of conscientiously fusing tsugaru shamisen with a variety of cultural styles. Similar to Stellar, the main focus is respecting the song’s heritage, and then feeling how the shamisen can be incorporated properly. This is not an ordinary album of a shamisen backed up with eclectic instruments. Resonance is about bringing all instruments together, giving their unique charms to each song, harmonizing like musical friends gathered to sing. The true feeling of resonance.
—Kyle Abbott, producer
Buy the CD: CDBaby (MP3s and discs) Download the album: iTunes Google Play Amazon MP3

Album art designed in France by the creative (yet tasteful) Samuel Mann! If you are making any project and would like solid, professional artwork, feel free to contact Samuel! (http://samuel-mann.tumblr.com/)

Artists

Kevin Kmetz (shamisen, gottan, guitar, vocals [04])
Masahiro Nitta (shamisen, gottan, vocals [04])
Kyle Abbott (shamisen, mandolin, ukulele, cello, igil, pan flute, taiko, percussion, throat-singing, vocals)

Special guests: Mason Hutchingson - bass (1)(4); Christopher Palermo - percussion (6)(9); Greg Weber - trumpet (6); Linus Tremaine - trombone (6); Hiroshi Nitta - shamisen (5); Jorge Jara - vocals (7); Luke Abbott - guitar, strings (3)(4)(9); Leslie Abbott - vocals (7); Carl Abbott - shakuhachi (10);


Monsters of Shamisen
Stellar (2013)

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Stellar is a unique creation. With an appreciation for all cultural styles, I made the primary goal to capture the song’s feeling and heritage, and then incorporate shamisen appropriately. Rather than just as a background ensemble to support a shredding shamisen, the feeling of Stellar is to incorporate the shamisen WITH all the instruments, as my dream for the future of shamisen is to be an instrument commonly played along with others.
—Kyle Abbott, producer
Buy the CD: CDBaby (MP3s and discs) Download the album: iTunes Google Play Amazon MP3

Artists

Kevin Kmetz (shamisen, gottan, guitar)
Masahiro Nitta (shamisen, gottan)
Kyle Abbott (shamisen, mandolin, cello, morin khuur, doshpuluur, pan flute, taiko, percussion, countertenor, throat-singing, vocals)

Special guests: Luke Abbott - guitar, vocals (4); Hiroshi Nitta - shamisen (5); Yoshie Nitta - vocals (5); Armando Alcaraz - vocals (3); Wendy Molin - vocals (3); The Great Morgani - accordion (1); Mason Hutchingson - bass (1)

Shout Outs!

Cheers to Samuel Mann in France for designing the amazing album art! If you're making an artsy project, this is the guy to contact! (http://samuel-mann.tumblr.com/)

A big THANK YOU to all of these supporters who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. You guys are awesome!

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