Concert "Fuku No Ne Ensemble - Japanese Music Tradition and Innovation"

  "The Fuku No Ne Ensemble - Japanese Music Tradition and Innovation -" was held at Victorial Concert Hall on 29th March 2009 as a pre-opening event of the Japan Creative Centre, hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and the Japan Foundation.

HE Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts participated in this event as Guest of Honour. Based on "Fuku No Ne (Sound of Happiness) Trio", composed of UENO Koshuzan (Singapore-based Shakuhachi Master), UEHARA Junnosuke (Shamisen) and ISOGAWA Mako (Koto), joined by SUGIURA Mitsuru (17-strings Koto), MATSUO Kei (Yokobue: Japanese traditional flute), NAGATA Shinichiro, TOMITA Shinpei (Japanese percussions) and SAKAI Namiko (Taiko drums: guest player), the "Fuku No Ne Ensemble" entertained the audience with contemporarily arranged Japanese forklore (Minyo), Japanese festival tunes and Anime songs medley.

At a private reception with Guest of Honour, Dr. Lee Boon Yang (Second row, fourth from left)