Mar 8, 2011

An Evening of Japanese Music

On March 21, Hikashu will appear at La Mama in Shibuya, Tokyo. The date is a triple bill program, and actually quite an interesting one, because the other two acts represent the musical tradition of Japan respectively.

Isso Yukihiro - Tsuboy Akihisa duo

Isso Yukihiro is a player of noh-kan, a sort of wind instrument. Noh-kan is used in Noh, a traditional play that has been performed since the 14th century (wikipedia). Isso was born in a family of long musical tradition in Noh and made his first public performance at age nine. Also he has been highly motivated and very active for exploring other fields, performed with musicians in various genres. For example, he has recorded an album with Peter Brötzmann, the free jazz giant from Germany.

For the Hikashu fans, he is known to be one of the guest musicians who took participated in "Kawatteru," the group's album released in 1996. In it, he played a radically rearranged version of "Ningen No Kao."

Isso Yukihiro official site (English)

Tsuboy Akihisa is an electric violin player, deeply rooted in western progressive rock of 1970s. Now mainly active in jazz field, he combines an electric violin with various effects and succeeded to establish a distinctive sound of his own. He is also a member of the Isso Yukihiro group.

Tsuboy Akihisa website (Japanese)

Oedo Sukeroku Taiko

Oedo Sukeroku Taiko is a Taiko (Japanese drum) ensemble formed in 1956. Their music was started as an accompaniment of Bon Odori - a traditional festive dancing in Summer, and later they established themselves an independent musical ensemble of high regard for themselves.

They have various formations, but for the event, it is a quartet, and all the four principle members get together for the date.

Oedo Sukeroku Taiko Official Site (English)
Facebook - Oedo Sukeroku Taiko (mainly Japanese)

March 21, 2011
@ La Mama
Shibuya, Tokyo
Supporting Acts: Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, Isso Yukihiro-Tsuboy Yoshihisa duo
open 18:30 - start 19:00
adv 2,500 yen - door 2,800 yen (one drink order minimum)

La Mama Official Site (Japanese)

La Mama, Shibuya

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