Date Composed:2009
Composer:Aki Takahashi
Arrangement:Aki Takahashi
Premiere Performance:November 27, 2009 – Al Green Theatre, Toronto
Recording Title:Iroha Live Concert DVD

Batta (Grasshoppers) are everywhere in Japan. They hide in the meadows. Look closely and you can see them jumping and enjoying themselves in the green.

Chappa is a percussion instrument and was traditionally used in Buddhist ceremonies. It is a multi-tone instrument.

It is hard to stop wiggling the body when struggling to create the variety of sounds. Like grasshoppers dancing in the field, we reach out and jump around.

Batta (new arrangement) – Fleck Dance Theatre, November 5, 2010