Cast Profile (Tour In Brunei)

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HORI TSUBASA

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Born in Kyoto, Hori started learning taiko (Japanese drum) at age 11 and studied Western percussion and music theory at Kyoto Horikawa Senior High School of Music. During high school, she also played drums in a rock band. She joined the taiko group Kodo in 1996 and was its member for 14 years. Now based in Antwerp, Hori collaborates with artists from different genres. Her unique music, created using Japanese rhythms and songs, is highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.

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ABE KAZUNARI

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Abe is a shinobue player. Shinobue is an ancient Japanese flute made from shino bamboo. After 14 years as a member of taiko group Kodo, Abe currently lives in his hometown, Niihama, Ehime Prefecture. While hosting “Shinobue Studio --- playing the flute by deep breathing and the heart,” a private lesson focusing on shinobue and breathing techniques, he also participates as a shinobue player and taiko drummer in contemporary dance performances, such as “PUZ/ZLE” and “BABEL(WORDS),” choreographed by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He spends half his time performing abroad. Abe has played the shinobue in 26 countries, holding solo performances as well as doing workshops and sharing the charms of shinobue.

Kazunari Abe’s website

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KITA YASUSHI

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Yasushi Kita performs in Japan, the U.S. and other countries as the singer/shamisen player/guitarist of NolenNiu-de-Ossi. He also does shows as a Tsugaru-jamisen performer, and teaches. In 10 years, he has been involved in teaching nearly 100 students.

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YUSRI

photo of YUSRIBorn in Bandar Seri Begawan, Yusri’s parents were both pop singers. At age 8, Yusri entered a music contest for the first time, after which he won numerous contents. As a student, he performed in a fusion band playing keyboard and alto saxophone. He continued his band while working as a flight attendant and also wrote songs for a radio station. In 2008, he joined the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as a musician. He had previously been involved in traditional music, but after joining the ministry, he took up performing traditional music seriously. He now teaches young people the importance of traditional music.

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The Japan Foundation
Arts and Culture Department, Asia and Oceania Section
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Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6062

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