As the King of Pop, Michael Jackson has a discography that many have covered and sampled over the years, but this rendition by Yoshimi Tsujimoto might be the most unique yet. The Japanese musician is a professional shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player and, with the help of her backup koto intrumentalists, she’s reimagined the song Smooth Criminal using traditional Japanese instruments.
The melodic sounds start soft, but are soon recognizable as Jackson’s catchy tune. In an audiovisual recording of their performance, Tsujimoto and her band brilliantly play their instruments, their hands effortlessly floating across the strings and pipe. Check out the mesmerizing video below to see the women in action.
via [Twisted Sifter]