Thursday, June 24, 2010

Duo to feature the shamisen at Sarawak Rainforest fest

TRADITIONAL Japanese music will be played in exciting new styles by innovative musicians Shusunke Kimura and Etsuro Ono at the Rainforest World Music Festival next month.

The musicians, who formed Kimura-Ono-Duo in 2008, play the shamisen, a traditional three-stringed Japanese instrument.

Their improvisations and fresh interpretations of Tsugaru Shamisen, a genre of shamisen music originating from northern Japan, have received recognition and respect in the world music circuit.

Last year, the duo were awarded the Golden Prize for their original piece Cross Road at the third Japan Traditional Music Contest.

Kimura is a renowned composer and performer of Japanese traditional instruments while Etsuro has been a member of the folk theatre company Warabiza.

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