Gagaku 中村 香奈子 Nakamura Kanako
Performs in variety of stages inside and outside Japan as a performer of flute, Gagaku, and reproduction instruments of Shosoin Treasure Repository. Studied Gagaku under Shiba Sukeyasu, studied ancient songs and Umai under Bunno Hideaki. Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music, department of traditional Japanese music. Leader of “Kofusha Gagakunokai.” Joint leader of “Kabuchoka Fuyugekkyo Gagakudan” and “Gagaku Zanmai Nakamurasan-chi.” Appeared in many CDs such as “Music For Onmyoji/Reigakusha.” Performed flute in the Toho movie “Onmyoji Ⅱ.” https://kofusha.amebaownd.com/
Gagaku 中村 華子 Nakamura Hanako
Masters degree from the Kunitachi College of Music, faculty of music. Studied Sho under Miyata Mayumi and Oono Tadaaki, Gakubiwa under Nakamura Kahoru, Gagaku ensemble under Shiba Sukeyasu. Chosen as the trainee under the domestic program for upcoming artists of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of 2006. As a member of “Reigakusha,” plays in National Theaters, elementary and middle schools, and overseas performances. Formed “Shogirls,” a trio only by Sho players, and carries out activities to spread the fascination of Gagaku. https://b-sheet.jp/
Gagaku 中村 仁美 Nakamura Hitomi
While studying at the Tokyo University of the Arts, studied Gagaku under Shiba Sukeyasu, and Hichiriki under Okubo Nagao. Plays both classic and modern pieces, acts jointly with performers of various genres. Often performs in overseas such as New York and Paris. Recorded her commissioned premiere Hichiriki solo pieces and ensemble pieces in the CD titled “Hichiriki Mangekyo” and “Koka no Koe” (ALM). Received the new face award of Matsuo Prize of Entertainment in 2010. A member of the “Reigakusha.” A part-time professor of the Kunitachi College of Music. https://hitomi3.jp
Shamisen 杵屋 勝司郎 Kineya Katsujiro
Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music, department of traditional Japanese music. In 2011 and 2012, won the 1st prize in the National Competition of Tsugaru-jamisen in the junior class, and in the middle and high school section. Played in the opening ceremony of 2017 World Baseball Classics. Studied Nagauta-shamisen and in 2019 succeeded the professional name Kineya Katsujiro. Participated in recording of the TV animation “ONE PIECE” Wanokuni series as the person in charge of shamisen music. Member of the ”Seikyokai,” an orchestra of young expected Nagauta players. Won the Touonkai Prize and Mitsubishi Chisho Prize.
Shamisen 杵屋 五三吉雄 Kineya Gosakichio
Born in Tokyo on 1979. Son of Kashiwagi Minoru, the head of traditional folk song Kashiwagi school. Started training nagauta shamisen at the age of 8, hence spanning a career of 31years! His honest and traditional style is based on his firm technique; performs not only in Kabukiza, but dance performances and televisions as well.
Shamisen 杵屋 裕太郎 Kineya Hirotarou
Born in Tokyo. Studied Nagauta under Kineya Hitomitsu, Kineya Katsumatsu, and Kineya Toshimitsu. Studied musical instruments under Katada Kisaburo, and Japanese dance under his father Fujima Toshizo, and his mother Fujima Makiko. He now performs not only in Kabuki performances but also in varieties of other events.
Shamisen 稀音家 六四郎 Kineya Rokushiro
Born in 1986. Started playing shamisen since early age, and became a disciple of Kineya Yusuke at the age of 16. At the age of 17, made his debut as a Kineya Ichiro, shamisen player. Performs in Kabuki performances, concerts, and televisions. Last year he succeeded his father and became Rokushiro Kineya (Ⅵ). He is the head of “Nagauta Kenseikai.”
Shamisen 東音 南谷舞 Touon Minamidani Mai
Born in Okazaki city, Aichi prefecture. Started Japanese dance from the age of 3, and Nagauta-shamisen from the age of 10. As a student of the Tokyo University of the Arts, received the Jokan Prize and the Ataka Prize. She now dedicates in training the young, still performs vigorously in many stages inside and outside Japan, and also composes music.
After graduating from the International Christian University, worked at an advertising agency for 7years, and in 2007 became the trainee of National Theater Daikagura (street performance of a lion dance and jugglery). After training, became a pupil of Kagami Yujiro and made her stage debut in 2011. Performs in storytellers’ theater, schools, and in parties by way of entertainment. Is expanding the range of activities by using her linguistic ability, such as performing Daikagura in English and overseas performances.
Maruichi Kosuke & Kotoki
A Daikagura (street performance of a lion dance and jugglery) duo by Harumoto Kosuke and Kagami Kotoki. To inherit “Daikagura,” Japanese traditional performing arts, they became disciples of Kagami Yujiro. After finishing the training under National Theater Daikagura, they formed a duo in 2015. They perform acrobatics and Shishimai (lion dance) mainly in storytellers’ theater around Tokyo. Member of Rakugo Art Association and Daikagura Kyokugei Kyokai group.
Tsugaru Shamisen 吉田 健一 Yoshida Kenichi
Since his debut in 1999, composed many of the Yoshida Brothers’ pieces and collaboration pieces, reaching the 20th anniversary as Yoshida Brothers this year. As well as domestic and foreign concert activities, produces a Tsugaru-jamisen group “Shippu,” a group of young top-class players. As the 2015 cultural ambassador of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, gave lectures and demonstrations in Europe. As his range of activities is expanding, he is expected to be a prominent world-wide artist. https://yoshida-brothers.jp
Japanese classical dance 花柳 源九郎 Hanayagi Genkuro
Born on 1981 in Nara. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2003. Is known for his colorful and powerful performance style which fascinates people. Won the Incentive Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2017. Received the new face award from Association of Dance Critics in 2013.
Nohgaku 野村 万禄 Nomura Manroku
Izumi style Kyogen (Noh comedy) performer. Born in 1966 and studied under his uncle, Nomura Man, a living national treasure. In 2000, succeeded the name of Nomura Manroku Ⅱ. The representative of Man Noh comedy Kyushu Branch. While performing in many stages based in Kyushu, he instructs Noh comedy and gives commentary in training halls by the connection with school education, serving for the spread and the development of Noh comedy. Won the 2010 Fukuoka Culture Prize, encouragement section. A part-time teacher of Chikushi Jogakuen University, Fukuoka University of Education, and Oita University. The holder of Important Intangible Cultural Asset.
Nohgaku 山井 綱雄 Yamai Tsunao
A Komparu school Noh player. Engages in the Noh spread and the enlightenment of “the heart of Japan” under the faith, “Noh is the world's best art.” Holds many workshops for beginners and performances in schools. Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Asset. Director of Nonprofit foundation “Association of Noh”, the 2014 cultural ambassador of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, lecturer at NHK Cultural Center Aoyama principal school & JR East “Holiday club of Adults”. Performs overseas and costars and make original works with other genres artists. Challenges new possibilities of Noh.
Classical percussions 堅田 新十郎 Katada Shinjuro
Born in 1967, Tokyo. The second son of Katada Kisaku, a Living National Treasure. Started performance activity since 1990 and succeeded the professional name Katada Shinjuro Ⅳ in 1998. As a musical accompanist, works on dancing, Kabuki performances, TV & radio appearances, recordings, and performances in foreign countries. Lecturer at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, and at Yokohama Asahi Culture.
Classical percussions 澄川 武史 Sumikawa Takeshi
Born in Masuda city, Shimane prefecture. His origin stems from folk art “Iwami Kagura (noh dance).” He appears not only in traditional Japanese music concerts, but in Rakugo parties, NHK Taiga Drama Series “Gunshi Kanbei,” and dedication drama “Korin” performed in Kamigamo Shrine directed by Miyamoto Amon. Like the performance of the music during the movie of “Wakaokamiwa Shogakusei!” his activities span over many fields.
Classical percussions 住田 福十郎 Sumida Fukujuro
Born in 1992. Trained traditional Japanese music musical accompaniment to under Sumida Chojuro, his father, from early childhood. Now performs in traditional Japanese music concerts and balls around Japan. Moreover, acts as a voice actor in the name of Kayatama Fukujuro, and is expanding the scope of his activities.
Classical percussions 福原 百貴 Fukuhara Hyakutaka
Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music, department of traditional Japanese music. As a Nagauta musical accompaniment flute player, appears in traditional Japanese music concerts, TVs, radios, and Ustream. Performed in the Europe live of RockBand [AKARA]. Played drum session with Shinya in LUNA SEA 30th anniversary concert. As a member of the Wakajishikai, classic musical accompaniment performance group, received the Japanese Traditional Culture Promotion Foundation’s Nakajima Katsusuke Creation Award and Japan Arts Foundation’s Creating Tradition Prize.
Classical percussions 藤田 和也 Fujita Kazuya
Born in 1989. Began playing festival music from 11 years old, Edo festival music and Kabuki musical accompaniment from 16 years old. Other than performing in Kabuki and Japanese dance performances, appears in festivals. Appears in many performances including elementary school visits and voluntary performances in the traditional arts company called [Wazawogi] to spread Japanese dance, shamisen music, and traditional Japanese music musical accompaniment.
Classical percussions 望月 左太助 Mochizuki Satasuke
Started playing Japanese drum since early childhood. Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music, department of traditional Japanese music in 2019. While in college, won the Jokan Prize, the Ataka Prize, and the Acanthus Music Prize. Performs in both inside and outside Japan as the musical accompanist such as the performance in “Heisei Nakamura-za Spain performance”, “Modern Noh Abeno Seimei starring Nomura Mansai,” and a lot more. Appeared also in NHK Taiga Drama Series “Naotora” and “Pythagora Switch.”
Classical percussions 望月 大貴 Mochizuki Daiki
Born in 1999. The son of Mochizuki Tazaemon Ⅻ. Learned festival music and Noh play drum from early age, and made his Noh drum debut in “Hinaduru Sanbasou” at the age of 3. Appeared in the autumn concert of the Toyama Traditional Japanese Music Association in 2009. Is currently a student of Meiji University and performs in traditional Japanese music concerts and Japanese dance performances as traditional Japanese music accompanist.
Classical percussions 望月 晴美 Mochizuki Harumi
Made her debut at age 6. Her mother and grandmother are both Mochizuki style woman musical accompaniment. Her father is a Tayu, a Joruri narrator. In 2007, released a CD, “Hayashi-no-Otodama,” as a record section participation piece of the Agency for Cultural Affairs art festival. Won the Agency for Cultural Affairs art festival music section rookie of the year title by “The third Mochizuki Harumi musical accompaniment concert” in 2009. Completed Aoyama Gakuin University society information department WSD23 period.
Classical percussions 望月 秀幸 Mochizuki Hideyuki
Born in 1983 in Tokyo. Learned Ohayashi (musical accompaniment) since early age, has 30 years of history as a performer! Appears in Kabuki performances at Nakamuraza and many other dance performances. Recently has produced “Ohayashi project,” a project aiming for the coexistence of Eastern and Western music.
Guitar 定塚 洋平 Jozuka Yohei
After graduating from music school, studied under guitarist Koga Kazunori. Participates in support and the recording of performances of various artists as a guitarist. Appears on television programs such as “Love music”, “Premiere Melodix!”, besides, acts as the accompaniment of the musical such as “Ambition of Nobunaga” and “Fu-un Shinsengumi”. Also does compositions and arrangements.
Actor 斉藤 祐一 Saito Yuichi
Born in Chiba. Entered Bungakuza institute in 2001 and has been its member since 2006. Other than stages, appears on TV dramas such as “Aibou”, “Iryuu Sousa”, “Rinjo”, and advertisements. Participated also in the dubbing of Studio Ghibli's “From Up On Poppy Hill” and “The Wind Rises”, thus acts widely.
Actor 助川 嘉隆 Sukegawa Yoshitaka
Born in Hokkaido. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen Junior College, entered Bungakuza institute in 1997. Since 2002, acts as a stage actor of Bungakuza, appearing in TV and movies such as “Great War of Archimedes” and “Yokogao”. Instructed Hokkaido dialect in NHK morning drama “Natsuzora”.
Piano 木原 健太郎 Kihara Kentaro
A composer and a pianist. Born in Hokkaido. After graduating from Berkeley College of Music, pursued on the piano solo activity mainly on simple melodies. Performs collaboration contests with artists such as Susan Osborn, Oshio Kotaro, and does many recordings. Develops the activity with “Enishi,” a unit with Noh and “CoRai,” a unit with Tsugaru shamisen. Plays an active part in many scenes including stages and TVs as a composer, a musical director, and an arranger. http://kentarokihara.net/
Art 髙橋 匡太 Takahashi Kyota
Born in Kyoto on 1970. Graduated with a masters degree on sculpture from the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School of Arts. Works on public projections, installations, and performances with lights and pictures, performs widely both inside and outside Japan. Worked on the lighting projects of large-scale buildings such as Tokyo Station 100th anniversary light up, Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto, and Towada Art Center, creating dynamic, molding-like pictures and works of the light. Deals with a large-scale participation type art projects much, including “Hikari-no-mi” and “Glow with City Project.” www.kyota.jp