Beat & Wind from Japanasia

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MapThe Japan Foundation organizes performances of Ryu’s beat with Kano&Saga in Middle East (Qatar, Iran, Oman) and Africa (Mozambique, Angola, Tunisia).
The concerts will be built up with rhythm of Ryutaro KANEKO’s Wadaiko (Japanese drums), melody of Yasukazu KANO’s Japanese bamboo flutes (Shinobue, Nohkan), and Haruhiko SAGA’s Morin khuur (Mongolian Horse-head Fiddle) and Tovshuur which enrich the performance.  Through their unlimited musicianship, the sound of “Japanasia” will be presented to the audiences in each country.
Besides the concerts, the lecture demonstrations and the musical exchange program with Iranian musicians will also be scheduled.

Tour Schedule: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - Monday, March 8, 2010

Qatar [Concert]
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010
Venue: National Theatre
[Concert]
Date: Monday, February 15, 2010
Venue: Souq Waqif
Mozambique [Concert]
Dates: Wednesday, February 17 - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Venue: Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano
Angola [Concert]
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Venue: Cine Nacional
[Concert]
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Venue: Belas Shopping
Tunisia [Lecture Demonstration + Concert]
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Venue: Municipal Theater of Tunis
Iran [Concert]
Dates: Monday, March 1 - Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Venue: Farabi Hall of Tehran Art University
[Musical Exchange Program]
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Venue: unfixed
Oman [Lecture Demonstration]
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Venue: American British Academy Auditrium
[Concert]
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010
Venue: American British Academy Auditrium

A Partial List of Songs on the Program;

Title Composer
Chappa Solo Ryutaro Kaneko
KA! Yasukazu Kano
Chonlima Composed by Roetsu Tosha
Arranged by Ryutaro Kaneko
Tsugaru yamauta Yasukazu Kano
Six-five-four Bielgee Haruhiko Saga
Ao-ki Kaze (Wind from the Steppes) Ryutaro Kaneko
Beat & Wind from Japanasia Ryu's beat with Kano&Saga

Profiles

Ryutaro KANEKO

(Wadaiko (Japanese drums), Chappa)

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Ryutaro KANEKO

In 1987 Ryutaro Kaneko became a member of “KODO”.
While he was with KODO, he played as a central player in 32 countries  in the world, and also composed and arranged songs, directed music and produced.
What should be noted (about his achievement) is he not only created his original play but designed the instrument “cappa(Japanese small cymbals)” which he succeeded in establishing as a common musical instrument.
In 2007, he became independent.
He has been doing a great number of sessions with the artists from different genres.
At his workshops, the attendees succeeded don’t just learn technique, but they can experience the surprising change of their sound by approaching their body and mind.
Those workshops are highly praised internationally.

Yasukazu KANO

Yasukazu KANO (Shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute))

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Yasukazu KANO

Born in Tokyo in 1963, Kano started playing the drums at age 13. In 1984 he moved to NYC to pursue his career in business, and in 1987 he returned to Japan to pursue his passion for music. He moved to Sado island to join the internationally renowned Taiko drumming group, KODO. As a taiko drummer and bamboo flute player for KODO, Kano has performed in over a thousand venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Theatre de la Ville in Paris. In 1997, he left KODO to start his own career as a bamboo flute player.
Kano draws his musical inspiration from the beautiful nature of Sado Island. He can make the Japanese bamboo flute sing like the birds and sound like the ocean breeze and the forest wind. Kano’s melodies are simple and expressive, and his original compositions showcase the blend of traditional and modern, incorporating Japanese scales and rhythms, jazz improvisation, African rhythms and classical music. Kano is always eager to explore new possibilities in music, and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with artists across the musical spectrum.
Kano also shares his love for music through lectures, demonstrations and workshops for children, adults and educators worldwide. His lectures are conducted both in English and Japanese, and the topics include making bamboo whistles, drumming and improvisation.
Kano has produced several albums including his own debut album “Fish Dance” (2005/Yamaha), and “Kaze Utau (The wind sings)” (2006/Yamaha).
These albums feature Kano’s compositions written for Japanese flute, piano, guitar, double bass, percussion, strings, Guzheng (Chinese harp) and Tsugaru-Shamisen (Japanese Banjo).
Kano has given concerts in India, Italy ad USA, and continues to spread his music throughout the world.

Haruhiko SAGA

(Horse-head Fiddle(Morin khuur), Tovshuur, Throat-singing)

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Haruhiko SAGA

Japanese throat-singer and morin khuur (Mongolian fiddle) player. His music activities ranges from Mongolian traditional style to modern collaboration with pop music, classic, Japanese traditonal music, and Butoh with his Japanese sense of art. He learned not only recent stage performance of Mongolian music, but also nomadic style of music and technique of morinkhuur. He was designated to be a successor of his teacher Y. Nergui (Mongolian human cultural heritage), a famous nomadic morin khuur player in Gobi Desert.
His throat-singing duo Tarbagan with M.Todoriki won the guest division and placed second overall at UNESCO's throat-singing contest held in Tuva 1998. He joined many Japanese recordings including KODO, EPO, and Yumi Matsutoya.

[Contact Us]

Performing Arts Section, Arts and Culture Department, The Japan Foundation
Maeda, Konno
Tel: 03-5369-6063 Fax: 03-5369-6038

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