European Tour of Hinokiya

Hinoki-ya, the traveling band in Europe

As part of the celebrations for the fifteenth anniversary of Japan-Belarus diplomatic relations, the taiko (drum) group Hinokiya will perform in Belarus and neighboring countries.

Dates: June 21 to July 5, 2007
Members: SOGA Naoto [Shinobue flute, Kenban-Harmonica]
SHIMADA Megumi [Taiko, Vocal]
AMEMIYA Makiko [Percussion, Kenban-Harmonoica]
WATANABE Hiroshi [Guitar, Taiko, Vocal]
France Date: Thursday, June 21, 21:00 
Venue: Place des Terreaux (Lyon) Date: Saturday, June 23, 21:00 
Venue: Parc Rambot (Aix-en-Provence)
Belarus Date: Tuesday, June 26, 19:00 
Venue: Respublikansky dvorets kul'tury profsoyuzov (Minsk) Date: Wednesday, June 27, 18:00 
Venue: Zal Mogilyovskoi filarmonii (Mogilev)
Croatia Date: Saturday, June 30 
Venue: Outdoor concert hall (Zadar) Date: Sunday, July 1
Venues: Clubhouse "Aquarius" (Zagreb)
Date: Tuesday, July 3, 16:00 
Venues: Music Academy (Sarajevo)

Date: Wednesday, July 4,
Venue: Narodno Pozoriste (Sarajevo)

Date: Thursday, July 5, 21:00
Venue: Bascarsijske Noci (Sarajevo)
*The Nights of Bascarsija

Hinoki-ya, the traveling band

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Hinokiya formed in Hakodate, Japan in 1998. The groups performances feature shinobue flute and guitar melodies on top of the distinctive rhythms of Japanese taiko. They travel the world as "Traveling band".
Hinokiya has participated in a number of music festivals overseas, including the 36th International Folklore Festival in Croatia in 2002, the 7th International Folk Festival in Brazil in 2004, the France Music Festival in France in 2005, and the Navplion International Festival in Greece also in 2005. They have been well received in each country for their universal, danceable music. Hinokiya's performance style is especially flexible. Hinokiya's compositions and arrangements are the product of research into Japanese music based on modern sensibility and global outlook. Their music tends to elicit straightforward emotions out of people.

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