Traditional Japanese Music Concert Delivering the Timbre of Japan in Appreciation of the Recovery Support in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

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The Japan Foundation presents the concert tour featuring three of Japan's foremost young hogaku [traditional Japanese music] players. This tour takes place in three Latin American countries: Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru from October 30 to November 8, 2012.

The performers are: Mikita Hase, a high-profile solo taiko drummer who is known as a leading figure of the next generation of his kind, continuously pursuing the potentiality of wadaiko, Akihito Obama, shakuhachi player who has extensive performing experiences by collaborating with numerous musicians from various genres throughout Japan and overseas, and Hiroe Morikawa who has received high acclaim not only as koto player, but also as a singer.

All of the performers use their innovative playing techniques to bring a contemporary aesthetic sensibility into a tradition harmoniously. At the concert, they perform from classic, original scores, to the minyo [Japanese folk music] songs medley, and also collaborate with local artists. While expressing a sincere gratitude for the recovery supports on the Great East Japan Earthquake, this extensive program invites Latin American audience to explore Japan's cultural attraction, tolerance, and diversity, and to embrace how Japanese traditions are inherited within the contemporary.

Dates: November 1 - 5, 2012

Bogotá (Colombia)
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Venue: Auditorio Jorge Enrique Molina at Universidad Central
Quito (Ecuador)
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Venue: Teatro Nacional at Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamín Carrión”
Lima (Peru)
Date: Monday, November 5, 2012
Venue: Teatro Peruano Japonés
*The concert is part of the commemorative project for the 40th anniversary of cultural week of Japan in Peru and the 45th anniversary of the Teatro Peruano Japonés.


Mikita Hase (Wadaiko)

Mikita Hase
Photo: Shin Nukano

Mikita Hase was born in Shizuoka Prefecture and began playing taiko at an early age. While studying at Shizuoka University, he formed the amateur taiko group, “RYU-IN DAIKO (Dragon-Sound Taiko Ensemble)”. He started his professional carrier in 1998, and formed the new taiko ensemble unit, “YO-SORO” in 2000. After joining “Eitetsu Hayashi Ensemble”, led by Eitetsu Hayashi, a pioneer of solo taiko performance, he regularly tours throughout Japan and overseas, and appears in various TV programs as a member of Eitetsu’s ensemble. In addition, he often collaborates with many artists working in various genres.

Official Website

Akihito Obama (Shakuhachi)

Akihito ObamaAkihito Obama was born in Kagawa Prefecture, and studied several styles of shakuhachi performance, such as koten [classic] under Toshimitsu Ishikawa and minyo under Satoshi Yoneya. After graduating from the NHK Hogaku Gino-sha Ikusei-kai, the premier one year course for hogaku players aspiring to be professional performers, he won the Second Annual Shakuhachi Newcomer Competition. In 2004, he released his first solo album “Fukoku [Wind Carvings]”.He often appears in overseas concerts, and has previously performed in a total of 28 countries. In 2012, he stayed in New York for six months as a grantee of Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Currently, he participates in various ensembles and groups including “TAKiOBAND” led by Takio Ito, a minyo singer.

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Hiroe Morikawa (Koto / Minyo)

Hiroe MorikawaHiroe Morikawa was born in Hyogo Prefecture, and began studying koto under her mother at the age of 3 and shakuhachi under his father at the age of 6. She previously won numerous koto contests. She was invited to the commemorative event for the 400th anniversary of Japan-Netherlands friendship, together with other prize winners of Japanese music, and performed in six cities in the Netherland. She appeared with the Orchestra of the State Hermitage Museum. In 2002, she released her debut album with sales of more than 10,000 copies, an exceptional hit for hogaku. As a singer, she covers a wide variety of songs from minyo to popular.

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