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Japan Creative Centre

The Spirit of Japan: The Sound of Traditional Instruments


Registration is closed due to overwhelming response. Thank you for your support!

Celebrating 40 years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore is pleased to present a one night only music concert by WASABI, helmed by Ryōichirō Yoshida, the elder of the world famous Tsugaru-Jamisen duo Yoshida Brothers.

Ryōichirō Yoshida, the elder of the two Yoshida brothers, has consistently pursued his ideal of appealing to the young generation by emphasising how cool and stylish Japanese traditional culture can be through the medium of music that makes exclusive use of Japanese instruments. It was in this context that he embarked on a project entitled ‘The Spirit of Japan: The Sound of Traditional Instruments’ that involved giving performances mainly at primary, junior high and senior high schools in Japan.

This project got under way in 2008 as a collaboration between Yoshida and Hiromu Motonaga on shakuhachi and Naosaburō Bihō on drums and percussion. The group was supplemented by Shin Ichikawa on koto and bass koto in 2010.

The group was given its name WASABI in 2011, combining the two elements wa, meaning ‘Japan’ or ‘harmony’, and sabi in its meaning of ‘the catchy part of a song’. The group’s debut album, also entitled WASABI, was released on March 21 this year and features compositions by all the group’s members with the focus on original numbers using phrases associated with folk music and from the classical repertory. Release of the album was followed by a series of concerts open to the general public.

The group is taking part together with the Yoshida Brothers in concerts such as Wa no Saiten and in a performance of Macbeth. They have also provided the music for the historical drama Murakumo. WASABI are gradually expanding the scope of their activities and are beginning to make a strong impact on the music scene.

DATE:              Tuesday, 22nd October 2013
TIME:                8:00 pm (Doors open from 7:30 pm)
DURATION:    90 Minutes
VENUE:           Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis, 1 Fusionopolis Way S(138632)
                         *Located just above One-North MRT Station
ADMISSION:    FREE (by email registration only)

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Registration is closed due to overwhelming response. Thank you for your support!

Performance at Esplanade Concourse

In addition to the main concert, WASABI will also be holding a free performance at the Esplanade Concourse

DATE:     Monday, 21st October 2013
TIME:      ① 7:15pm - 7:45pm
                ②8:15pm – 8:45pm
VENUE: Esplanade Concourse
                1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

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