AUN&HIDE: Performance in South Asia

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The Japan Foundation organizes a hogaku [traditional Japanese music] concert tour in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka from November 30 to December 8, 2012.

The players, AUN&HIDE is a special unit of the talented wadaiko duo AUN and Narimono-shi [percussionist] HIDE with extensive work experience. In spring 2012, they were appointed as Special Advisors for Cultural Exchange by the Agency for Cultural Affairs to tour 4 South East Asian countries, and their performance was enthusiastically received in every place.

This time, they perform from classic to the latest original scores, and collaborate with local musicians, too. With the program consisting of a wide variety of musical scores, the event aims to give the impression of the valuable exchange activity between Japan and 3 South Asian countries and to demonstrate the great extent of Japanese music and its potential through their energetic performance which brings the fascination of Japanese musical instruments.

The performance takes place as a commemorative event to mark the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh, as well as the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and India, Sri Lanka.

Dates: Friday, November 30 - Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Date: Friday, November 30
Venue: Shilpakala Academy
Organized by: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh Date: Saturday, December 1
Venue: National Museum
Organized by: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh
Kolkata (India)
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Venue: Tollygunge Club Ltd. (Outdoor performance)
Organized by: The Japan Foundation, Consulate-General of Japan in Kolkata
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Date: Friday, December 7
Venue: The National Youth Services Council
Organized by: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka Date: Saturday, December 8
Venue: Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management
Organized by: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka

*In addition to the performances above, workshops for young local musicians will be conducted.

AUN&HIDE

AUN&HIDE is formed in 2011 by AUN (Ryohei and Kohei Inoue), former members of ONDEKOZA, a legendary wadaiko [Japanese taiko durm] troupe, and Narimono-shi [percussionist] HIDE, former member of the taiko group, KODO. They were appointed as Special Advisors for Cultural Exchange by the Agency for Cultural Affairs to tour in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia between January and February 2012. They gave 29 shows and attracted more than 10,000 audiences in total. In June 2012, they released their first album "ONE ASIA".

Photo of (From left to right): Kohei Inoue, Ryohei Inoue
(From left to right): Kohei Inoue, Ryohei Inoue

AUN

AUN was formed by twin brothers Ryohei and Kohei Inoue. Both brothers joined ONDEKOZA, a legendary wadaiko troupe at the age of 18. During their 12 years with the troupe, they performed more than 300 shows as its leading members, and appeared four times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2000 they launched AUN with the aim of developing a unique style of music, and have so far performed more than 1,000 shows in 35 countries. AUN has released two albums, "D.A.S.H." and "E.A.S.T." featuring TM Stevens as bassist and producer and Nuno Bettencourt as guitarist. In 2006 they produced a "Visit Japan" campaign song for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In 2008 they formed "AUN J-Classic Orchestra" consisting of players of Japanese traditional instruments only, such as koto, shakuhachi, taiko, shamisen, fue, and narimono. AUN is now known for their original style in promoting both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture throughout the world.

Official Website

HIDE

Photo of HIDE

HIDE (Hideyuki Saito) joined the leading taiko group KODO in 1987. During his 17 years of experience with KODO, He played on the soundtracks of many Hollywood movies such as "HERO", and gave a performance with Sir Paul McCartney at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo in 2001. Furthermore, he performed in over 150 cities around the world, and collaborated with various musicians and artists including Donal Lunny Band, Terumasa Hino, Seitaro Kuroda, Kiyohiko Senba, and Hitoshi Komuro. During KODO's two-day concert at the Acropolis in Athens, more than 10,000 people enjoyed their fabulous performance.
In 2004 he left KODO and started his solo career as "Narimono-shi HIDE". Currently, He is known for his live performances and workshops as the only one Chappa [Japanese cymbals] player in Japan.

Official Website

Staffs:

Yoshiaki Nagaya (Sound Design)
Kiyoshi Nagata (Production)

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Asia and Oceania section, Arts and Culture Dept.
Person in charge: Himiko Izumi
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6062

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