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We have kept challenging global wide and we truly believe that being a part of this project will bring a revolution to Japanese traditional music industry. Beyond generations and genres, the integration of all different kinds of ‘wa’(Japanese culture) will be the key to the prosperous future of culture as well as the beginning of a brand new history.
Yoshida Brothers, the foremost figure among Tsugaru shamisen artists, are going to celebrate their 20th debut anniversary in 2019.
Originally from Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, the brothers started learning shamisen at the tender age of 5. Later they apprenticed themselves to Takashi Sasaki the First, the Tsugaru shamisen artist in 1990.
Came to fame through the Tsugaru-Shamisen National Competition and released the debut album ‘Ibuki’ in 1999. They hold numerous hit records, which is unprecedented in Japanese traditional music industry. They have released 13 albums and other works so far.
Since their official debut in the U.S. in 2003, they have been engaged in performances and collaborations with various artists around the world (MONKEY MAJIK, DAISHI DANCE, Momoiro Clover Z, EXILE and Takao Osawa and so on).
In 2015, they released <PRANA> in collaboration with ‘Naruto Exhibition - Masashi Kishimoto - Celebration of the Completion of Serialization’which became a hot topic among the audience later.
In recent years, Ryoichiro initiated a new Japanese traditional music group WASABI that focus on the performance at schools with Japanese instruments of shamisen, shakuhachi, koto and taiko.
Kenichi gathered some of the greatest young shamisen artists, and launched his Tsugaru shamisen group HAYATE. He was designated as the culture communication ambassador by the Agency of Cultural Affairs and went to Barcelona, Spain for activities in 2015.
They have also expanded their individual activities as solo artists and broken through the traditional boundry of music, which has made them highly anticipated by the world.
In 2017,they recorded ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, the theme song for Japanese-dubbed version of the film ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’.
Besides, they produced‘Cool Spiral’, a video BGM for Jason Paul, the free runner with 4 million video clicks and sponsored by RedBull.
Collaboration with GinyuforcE, the pioneer in Cyalume Dance / Wotagei is one of their recent works. The lessons and qualifiers for World Battle were held in 10 countries and the final was held at Kanda Myojin Hall in Akihabara the holy ground of the dancers. They provided IKAZUCHI as the theme song for Yoshida Brothers×Tom-H@ck CYALUME DANCE WORLD BATTLE. The new release is available online.