和楽器バンド wagakkibando

WagakkiBand is a musical group from Japan. The shigin lead singer Yuko Suzuhana and seven musicians fuse Vocaloid songs with wagakki (traditional Japanese musical instruments) and Western rock.Their music video Tengaku (天樂) was seen more than 200,000 times in four days. Moreover, the music video of the song Senbonzakura (千本桜) has received more than 50 million views…

吉田兄弟 Yoshida Kyōdai : Storm

The Yoshida Brothers are Japanese musicians who have released several albums on the Domo Records label. The two brothers are performers of the traditional Japanese music style of Tsugaru-jamisen which originated in northern Japan. They debuted in 1999 in Japan as a duo playing the shamisen. Their first album sold over 100,000 copies and made…

Japanese melodies by Yo-Yo Ma

    01. Matsushima-Ondo 3:02 02. Kojo-No-Tsuki 4:37 03. Zui-Zui-Zukkorobashi 2:28 04. Defune 5:02 05. Nara-Yama 5:02 06. Chin-Chin-Chidori 4:43 07. Sakura, Sakura 4:22 08. Oroku-Musume 3:18 09. Chugoku-Chiho-No-Komoriuta 4:12 10. Chiran-Bushi 4:31   Arranged By Conductor – Michio Mamiya Artwork [Cover Art], Design – Christopher Lione Bass – Hiroaki Naka Cello – Yo-Yo Ma…

Shinobue by Yoko Deva

Born in 1956, she first learned the flute at the age of 15. Graduated from Kunitachi Music University, majored in the flute course. When she was 23, she met shinobue (one of the Japanese traditional cross flutes) for the first time. She found it so relaxing and familiar, as if she was coming home. She…

Ainu Mukkuri

Mukkuri is a traditional Japanese plucked idiophone indigenous to the Ainu. The Mukkuri is made from bamboo and is 10 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Similar to a jaw harp, sound is made by pulling the string and vibrating the reed as it is placed in the performer’s mouth.

Hotchiku

  Hotchiku ( k. 法竹 h. ほっちく, “bamboo of [the] dharma”; lit. “dharma bamboo”), sometimes romanized as hocchiku or hochiku, is a Japanese end-blown flute (a fue), crafted from root sections of bamboo. After cleaning and sanding, the heavy root end of the bamboo stalk reveals many small circular knots where the roots formerly joined…