Not even many Japanese are aware anymore of shigin and its tonal colors.
Hagi, Xiè's sound creator, himself began knowing little of it.
But on first encountering the sigin recithed by Keisei,
his notion of shigin as drab and monotonous was completely turned on its head.
In fact, he was moved to tears by the power, beauty
and evocativeness of their very Japanese tones and echoes.
Keisei's desire is to bring the beauty of shigin to as many people as she can,
Hagi's desire is to bring this evocative art to people in new, exciting forms.
And from there, Xiè came into being.
The new sounds of Xiè will surprise home audiences, and stir those new to things Japanese.
In 2013, the shakuhachi player, Soh Tanomura, joined Xiè, further enriching the unit's sound.
And Xiè's sound is set to evolve further as more artists join, growing in beauty and power.