My music, ten ten music, is the result of me being affected very much by people I know and my cultural tradition. I can’t say my music is traditional Japanese music.
I express natural sounds and space which I believe are more meaningful than techniques or the song itself. When I play the shamisen , I use a different musical scale than the one in the West. It can be strange or boring. The notes sound off-key, and the melody might become lost in a jumble of meaningless notes and words for some ears. But that's me.
That's my music.
"ODORI NI TEN" promo video
Music, dance and CD release concert: directed by Aki Takahashi. Saturday, April 6 2013
'Rokudenashi' composed and performed by Aki Takahashi (from the 2nd album KO-BANASHI)
Nagata Shachu 15th Anniversary DVD
Nagata Shachu is a professional Japanese taiko drumming and music group based in Toronto, Canada.
While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the group’s principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko.
Ten Ten is also a Japanese music ensemble that performs traditional and original works inspired by Japanese folk songs known as Min'yosongs known as Min'yo
Japanese folk songs often reflect the time and place of their origin. However, they are not dead and dusty relics from the past. Through improvisation, you can make them your own, breathing new life into them, creating a unique and dynamic link which extends through time and space. That's one of the reasons why I love singing them.
When I first began learning Min'yo, Japanese folk songs, I also took up the shamisen. The shamisen is a versatile instrument which perfectly complements folk sound. It lends itself well to improvisation. Slow and haunting, or fast and furious, it is capable of the same intricacies and emotional depth as the human voice.
The marriage of the two, a perfect union!
There are three primary tunings for shamisen: HONCHOSHI, NIAGARI and SANSAGRI
ア ホッチョセ ホッチョセ
CHUGOKU CHIHO NO KOMORI UTA
KOCHI MACHI DUKUSHI
高知の松ヶ鼻 番所を西へ行く 農人町 菜園場
新堀 魚の棚 紺屋町 種崎町うちこして
本町 八丁通します そこらで升形
TOKUSHIMA MUGI UCHI UTA
阿波の藍ならヨ ヨホホーヤ 昔を今に
ヨホホーヤ トヨエ サー ウットケ ウットケ