Azuma returns with yet another premier event as we draw close to the end of the year. To celebrate what 2017 offered, please join us with this exclusive concert in collaboration with two extinguished artists, Jaechol Choi and Yosuke!
Formed by Rai Tateishi (former member of the renowned taiko group KODO), Azuma is a Japanese traditional music ensemble utilizing taiko (Japanese drums), shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute), koto and shamisen (Japanese strings) in their repertoire. Their debut concert in May 2017 received great acclamation and has been highly sought after since their acknowledgement. Azuma has performed at the Shorin-in Temple in Kyoto, the place known as where Buddhist music was born, and has been offering many school programs at local schools in the Kansai region. In August 2017, Azuma was invited as the first taiko group to perform at Burning Man, an art festival held every year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada which left a great impression to the participants. Besides performing, Azuma also leads taiko workshops in Kyoto for tourists from overseas and actively involves its members with the community.
Yosuke became an apprentice at KODO in 1999 and was selected as one of the official members in 2003. He worked his way into becoming one of the leading members specializing in Miyake taiko and odaiko. In 2012, he began producing KODO concerts as well as composing many of the pieces. In 2013 and 2015 he starred in Kabuki Actor Tamasaburo Bando’s production, “Amaterasu”, and played the role of Susanoo to which he was highly praised for his performance and acting skills. In another production, “Konton”, the audience was drawn into the show with his newly acquired skill of western drumming. Yosuke has since then left KODO in September of 2017 in pursuit to explore new sounds and expression to create an even more dynamic performance.
チェ ジェチョル Jaechol Choi | Korean Drum Artist Korean drum (chango) musician, 韓国太鼓(チャング)演奏家。五穀豊穣、豊年を祈る韓国の民俗芸能「農楽」の囃子を基に、伝統音楽と現代音楽の垣根を越えて様々な場面で活躍。仙波清彦＆カルガモーズ、琴鼓'n管、わたらに所属。
Jaechol, has been studying Nong-Ak (traditional Korean farmers music and dance) and creating hybrid music utilizing Nong-Ak and contemporary music. Jaechol is currently a member of the following groups--Kiyohiko Semba & Karugamos, Kinkonkan, and Watara.
In 2009, Jaechol began a tour called “Chango Walk”, in purpose to learning both Japanese and Korean cultures. Seeking for “Walking Life, Walking Rhythm”, Jaechol hiked 2,000 kilometers from Tokyo~South Korea (in 2009, 2010, 2015) and Tokyo~Mt. Fuji~ Tokyo (in 2016) whilst playing the chango.
In 2015, Jaechol delved deeper into understanding Japanese and Korean cultural relations through his music. He performed at the Sanriku International Arts Festival as a member of the Toburong Nong-Ak group. Jaechol started a project called Matsuri Crossing collaborating with Iwate Shishiodori, and has also worked with Masahiro Sayama and Kiyohiko Semba at Kawasaki JAZZ in a project called Nougaku x JAZZ.
チラシ掲載情報： 企画・演出：立石雷 主催：和楽器集団 東 Hosted by Azuma Artistic Director:Rai Tateishi
入場料 大人:3500円（当日4000円）高校生以上 子供:2000円（当日2500円）中学生以下
Ticket Prices: Adults: 3,500 yen (4,000 yen at the door) Children under age 15: 2,000 yen (2,500 yen at the door) * Children under age 7 not permitted