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Newest Best - Sui

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Newest Best - Sui

Ref: FSD7041


Price: 29.99

New 'best of' from one of Japan's leading Tsugaru Shamisen players. This album includes his collaboration with kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa on Tsukiyo No Kage- Ishikawa Goemon No Theme and with Ska Paradise Orchestra on Paradise Has no Border, used on a TV commercial. Watch the amusing video with comedian Ken Shimura.

1. Yuu 2. Shishi No Kaze 3. Tsukiyo No Kage- Ishikawa Goemon No Theme- 4. Fun 5. Kaze (2015 version) 6. Tabaruzaka 7. Tsugaru Ji Yo N Kara Bushi 8. Ara Jishi 9. Etsu Ten Raku Gen Sou Kyoku 10. Paradise Has No Border 11. Yosare 12. Shamisen To Orchestra No Tame No Gensoukyoku<Actinic:Variable Name = 'Hien'/> 13. Tsugaru Yosa Re Bushi

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A Women Called En

HARUE MOMOYAMA

A Women Called En

Ref: FSD7003


Price: 19.99

Recorded in 1986, a modern joruri, narrative tradtional music, sung to the accompaniment of the shamisen by the late and wonderful Harue Momoyama. The piece is based on the novel, A Women Called En, written by Tomie Ohara, published in 1960 and won many literary prizes.It tells the story of a girl in 17th century Japan, forced to live in confinement with her family after her father lost political power. Ohara identified with En, held as a political prisoner for forty years, as she was hospitalized for many years from a young age for tuberculosis. 20 tracks, 44 mins. Watch a documentary featuring interivews with Harue Momoyama and Tomie Ohara.

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Uminari

TETSUYA NOZAWA

Uminari

Ref: FSD6946


Price: 23.99

Born in 1974, Tetsuya Nozawa is one of the current leading players of the shamisen. He has won numerous awards and has performed in Germany, Austria, and the USA. He has played with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, broadcast by NHK and released as a CD. On this album he is joined by 17 stringed koto (Sahoko Nozawa) shakuhachi and other instruments and musicians.

1. Uminari 2. Shakuhachi to Shamisen no Serenade 3. Jongara 4. Hoten Mai 5. Sorin 6. Yukage no Uta

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Ohayashi Jazz - Otogibanashi

EIKA UTSUMI WITH HIROSHI MUNEKIYO & SUI-I-TEST SOUND

Ohayashi Jazz - Otogibanashi

Ref: FSD6830


Price: 20.99

Utsumi Eika and Munekiyo Hiroshi & Sui-i-test Sound was formed as an experimental project in Osaka in 2005. The idea, as the album title suggests, was to mix jazz with ohayashi (musical accompaniment for traditional performing arts such as noh). Four musicians from the ohayashi side led by Utsumi (shamisen, taiko, fue (flute), vocals) and four from the jazz side under Munekiyo (trombone, bass, piano, drums) have recorded their first album after ten years of playing together. Trombone plays Japanese traditional tunes and shamisen plays George Gershwin. It's quite a mix; interesting, entertaining, suprising, invigorating. Take a look at the album sampler.

Hiroshi Munekiyo- trombone, Eika Utsumi - shamisen, vocal, trombone, Masakazu Sawa- durms, Shimeta Katsura - taiko, Toshiya Kasamatsu - bass, Kyojyaku Syofukutei- fue, Hiroko Ishida - piano, Akashi Katsura- natimono.

1. 12th Street Rag 2. Tea For Two 3. Don-Don-Bushi 4. In The Mood 5. 'S Wonderful 6. Diamond Head 7. The Tennessee Waltz 8. Fukagawa 9. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree 10. Brazil 11. Kawata Bushi for Eika- Medley- Chikyuno Ueni Asaga Kuru, Get Out and Get Under the Moon, Dinah, My Blue Heaven 12. Otemoyan

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Sachi

YUKINO YAMAMOTO

Sachi

Ref: FSD6711


Price: 21.99

Lovely album by dextrous shamisen player Yukino Yamamoto, together with other shamisen players, koto, fue and percussion. Varied selection of original tunes, some fairly traidtional sounding, other fairly experimental, all beautifully played and performed. Yukiko Yamamoto is known for playing various genres, from nagauta to western influenced music.

Yukino Yamamoto, Junnosuke Uehara, Nenoiro (shamisen), Mihoko Ono (koto, 17 stringed koto) Kei Matsuo (fue), Seika Shimamura (Japanese percussion)

1. Hanabi 2. Sachi 3. Kyoshu 4. Sky 5. Kamen 6. Hana



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Colorful

CHIE HANAWA

Colorful

Ref: FSD6494


Price: 23.99

Second album, following on from her highly regarded first album 10 years ago. Chie Hanawa, born in 1982, is a Tsugaru Shamisen player, who was the youngest ever national women's champion aged 17. Tsugaru shamisen mixed with jazz, shakuhachi, marimba and other instruments and styles.

1. Opening 2. Yoru Omofu Kimi No Yume 3. Honey 4. Asian Blue 5. Pavilion 6. Waltz For Debbie 7. Ito 8. Senjou No Merry Christmas 9. Fuuka 10. Iso Bushi 11. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 12. Xperiance 13. Kanata



Oyama Yutaka I

YUTAKA OYAMA

Oyama Yutaka I

Ref: FSD6442


Price: 16.99

Yutaka Oyama is a third generation tsugaru shamisen player of the Oyama school, and started learning shamisen from his grandfather. He has developed his own sound, that incorporates electronic sounds with guitar, violin and other instruments, into a cool, oriental mix.

1. Chouda Kokon 2. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi Solo 3. Akita Nikata Bushi 4. Koyal 5. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi Solo 6. Kokiriko Bushi 7.Tsugaru Jongara Bushi Solo 8. Komorebi No Uta



Tsugaru Shamisen Nadaba

KOZAN OYAMA

Tsugaru Shamisen Nadaba

Ref: FSD6354


Price: 27.99

New album by Kozan Oyama whose Tsugaru Shamisen DVD/book/score guide have been very popular in Japan. On this album he plays four traditional tunes, five contemporary and one original tune. Hikaru Sawai's 'Shakei' originally a koto solo, is arranged as a koto and shamisen duet.

1. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Kyusetsu) 2. Tsugru Shamisen Kyokudan (Rokudan) 3. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Shinsetsu Kyokudan) 4. Akita Nikata Bushi 5. Kodo (Kenichi Yoshida) 6. Storm (Kenichi Yoshida, Koki Yajima) 7. Yu (Hiromitsu Agatsuma) 8. Hi no Tori (Osamu Okada) 9. Shakei (Hikaru Sawai) 10. Na, Nadaba (Kozan Oyama, Hiroki Matsumoto)


Hechima

ETSUKO TAKEZAWA

Hechima

Ref: FSD6251


Price: 26.99

Currently, making a big splash in the world of traditional music. First solo album by koto and shamisen player. Original material with a variety of influences and instruments. The title track is a collaboration with violinist Yuriko Mukoujima, Mimi Hamu Sakana is based on Javanese dance, while Kaze ga Omote de Yondeiru, was written by well known composer Yuji Takahashi. Etsuko Takezawa plays koto, shamisen and 17 stringed koto. Guest musicians are Akira Sakata (sax, vocal), Fumio Itabashi (piano), Yuriko Mukoujima (violin) and Natsumi Sagusa (kumana).

1. Han 2. Hi.ka.ri 2. Hechima 4. Kaze ga Omotede Yondeiru 5. Mimi Hamu Sakana 6. Ano Hi eno Michinori


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Ame Nimo Makezu (Not Losing To The Rain)

URANUS

Ame Nimo Makezu (Not Losing To The Rain)

Ref: FSD6176


Price: 24.99

New album of the unit by Tomoya Nakai (25 stringed koto) and Takuya Iwata (shakuhachi) playing their original and traditional lyrical tunes.

1. Kiyotsune 2. Sumidagawa 3. Fuji Daiko 4. Oboro Zukiyo 5. Chin Chin CHidori 6. Okinawa no Uta 7. Ohkina Furudokei


Kaze Nimo Makezu (Not Losing To The Wind)

URANUS

Kaze Nimo Makezu (Not Losing To The Wind)

Ref: FSD6177


Price: 24.99

Companion album of koto and shakuachi unit Uranus playing their original and Japanese lyrical tunes.

1. Hana no Yoni 2. Sakuragawa 3. Atsumori Saigo 4. Shabon-dama 5. Yuyake Koyake


Kusabi

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Kusabi

Ref: FSD6175


Price: 26.99

Latest album from Tsugaru Shamisen player Hiromitsu Agatsuma. Various collaborations with top musicians from J-pop, tango, gagaku, flamenco, classical music worlds including Kazufumi Miyazawa (vocals), Ryota Komatsu (bandoneon), Hideki Tojo (hichiriki, sho), Jin Oki (guitar), Iwao Furusawa (violin).

1. Wonder 2. Tsukikage 3. Afro Blue 4. Midare Zakura 5. Segovia no Yoru 6. Fragile 7. TMW - Tsugaru Meets Waltz 8. J-E-N-O-V-A 9. Trinity 10. Kaso no Kioku 11. To Zanarkand 12. Midori no Uta



One Asia

AUN & HIDE

One Asia

Ref: FSD6146


Price: 25.99

Fantastic album of shamisen, taiko and fue (flute) performed by three relatively young, yet veterans of the Japanese traditional music world. Aun comprise of twin brothers Ryohei and Kohei Inoue, previously of the taiko group Onekoza. On this project they are joined by Hide, taiko drummer and percussionist with another taiko group, the world famous Kodo. Pulsating, exciting and good variety of music. Listen to samples of most tracks.

1. Victory 2. Travelers 3. Sea Devil 4. To the South 5. Be Free 6. Bon Voyage 2 7. Nagaisa 8. One Asia 9. Sanpato 10. The Chappa 11. Earth, Water and Sky 12. Canon 2



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Ichimen no Nano Hana

AKIKO NISHIGATA AND OTHERS

Ichimen no Nano Hana

Ref: FSD6047


Price: 27.99

Various artists including acclaimed shamisen player Akiko Nishigata, on compositions written by Hiroki Tamaki. Aside to Akiko Nishigata other musicians include Hiroki Tamaki (violin) Chieko Fukunaga (koto), Kiyomi Ishigaki (koto, 17 stringed koto, shamisen) Kifu Mihashi (shakuhachi) and Tetsuya Nozawa (shamisen)

1. Ichimen no Nano Hana. 2. Sakura Fantasy 3. Hamabe no Uta 4. Jawari 5. Tango-Akiko 6. Shiki no Uta 7. Meikyu 8. Neko?


Geido Mugai

YUJI HASEGAWA

Geido Mugai

Ref: FSD6043


Price: 20.99

Tsugaru shamisen player Yuji Hasegawa's first album released in 1979 including collaboration with blues guitar player Tsuneaki Shibuya.

1. Jonkara Kudoki 2. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi (Kyu Bushi, Chu Bushi, Shinkyu Bushi, Kyu Bushi) 3. Tsugaru Yosare Bushi 4. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi 5. Tsugaru Bayashi 6. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi 7. Tsugaru Mikudari 8. Tsugaru Shamisen Kyokubiki


Impressions

HAYATE

Impressions

Ref: FSD5970


Price: 19.99

Hayate is a group consisting of eight young Tsugaru Shamisen players, put together by Kenichi Yoshida, the younger one of the Yoshida Brothers, in 2005. Under Yoshida's guidance, the group have apparently followed his philosophy to create opportunities for young musicians to look beyond styles and seek their own true sounds through creativity and learning from each other. This album is produced by Kenichi Yoshida. You can listen to samples of all the tracks.

1. Move On 2. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi ( Koji Nagamura) 3. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi Gasso (Yuri Shibata, Ai Shibata) 4. Kakusei 5. Message 6. Yasashii Kaze 7. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Kaoru Osanai) 8. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Masato Shibata) 9. Fubuki



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Karma

OYAMA X NITTA

Karma

Ref: FSD5794


Price: 24.99

First album fromTsugaru shamisen duo Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta. Oyama and Nitta are two of Japan's foremost shamisen players. They play classic and original compositions with great skill. Oyama, from Aomori and Nitta from Hokkaido both began playing Tsugaru shamisen from a young age and have performed extensively around the world. Their latest tour in the US included a date at the Carnegie Hall.

1. Shunrai, Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 2. Karma 3. Yaiba 4. Kaerimichi 5. El Sol 6. Tomodachi no Tori 7. Ape Kamuy 8. Libertango



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Duo

ETSURO ONO X SHUNSUKE KIMURA

Duo

Ref: FSD5786


Price: 16.99

Tsugaru Shamisen duo who performed at WOMAD UK July 2011 and in London in March 2011. Tsugaru shamisen accompanied by occasional fue (flute) and percussion. Dynamic performance, from originals to Tsugaru Shamisen standards and even Okinawan shima uta.Comes in slim line case.

1. Ninja 2. Dancing in the North Wind 3. Asadoya Yunta-Tsuki no Kaisha 4. Sunayama 5. Azemichi 6. Paennorae - Soran Bushi 7. Rawing Under the Moonlight 8. The East Wind 9 Crossroads 10. Danny Boy



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Puzzle

HAYATAE

Puzzle

Ref: FSD5773


Price: 25.99

Tsugaru Shamisen is still the hottest genre of traditional music in Japan right now. Within Japan, Yoshida Brothers are at the forefront of this movement. Kenichi Yoshida, one of the shamisen twins, is the producer of this album that features eight Tsugaru shamisen players in the first Tsugaru Shamisen orchestra.

CD1

1. Shissou 2. Nami 3. Shizuku 4. Drive 5. Setsu Gekka 6. Swing By 7. Rekka

CD2

Tsugaru Jongara Bushi

1. Ai Shibata 2. Yuri Shibata 3. Kaoru Osanai 4. Daichi Hikida 5. Yoriyuki Kasai 6. Koji Nagamura 7. Michiaki Shirota 8. Masato Shibata


Kuromaru

HIROSHI YAMAGUCHI

Kuromaru

Ref: FSD5704


Price: 25.99

To be honest, what the world doesn't need is another young Tsugaru shamisen player mixing in a bit of western music into the folk music of Aomori. On the other hand, to get noticed in this overcrowded genre, you've got to be pretty good, and Hiroshi Yamaguchi (nothing to do with the rock band Heatwave by the way) to be fair, is not only talented but has cut his teeth in all the right places. He's performed in kabuki, Japanese traditional dance, has collaborated with a host of other artists, played several solo concerts, appeared on TV,done radio, various recordings and workshops. On Kuromaru, Yamaguchi's shamisen is played alongside various western instruments on an album still steeped in tradition.

1. Kuro Senpu 2. Arcadia 3. Kujira no Jomon 4. Yuki 5. Jigokudayu no Yume 6. Gensokyoku, Shofu 7. Planetary Core 8. Gama 9. Uminari o Tsubaki 10. Hi no Koya


Michi - Road - J Classic 1

AUN J-Classic Orchestra

Michi - Road - J Classic 1

Ref: FSD5658


Price: 25.99

Aun, are the twin brother duo of Ryohei Inoue (oh-daiko, shamisen, okedoh-daiko) and Kohei Inoue (shinobue, shamisen, okedoh-daiko). For many years they were members of the renowned taiko group Ondekoza, with whom they toured the world. This album features six other musicians in the J Classic Orchestra on which they play rock, jazz and pop arrangements of mostly original songs on Japanese instruments.

1. Michi 2. Tabidachi 3. Sunset 4.So - Blue 5. Umino Michi 6. Zangetsu 7. Fugetsu 8. Aoi Bara 9, Playback 10. 1969-11 10. 74J


Hibikiau Neiro Karamiau Kansei

MICHIHIRO SATO & MICHIYOSHI SATO

Hibikiau Neiro Karamiau Kansei

Ref: FSD5664


Price: 25.99

Tsugaru Shamisen album by father and son, Michihiro Sato and Michiyoshi Sato. Michihiro is one of the great shamisen players of the last 30 years, and has collaborated with many Western artists too, such as John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith and many others. His son, Michiyoshi is continuing the family tradition.

1. Tsugaru Shamisen Kakeai 2. Tosa No Sunayama 3. Dodarebachi 4. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi Shin Bushi 5. Tsugaru Ondo 6. Appalachian Shamisen 7. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi Kyuu Bushi 8. Kachikachiyama 9. Ima Ha Mukashi 10. Mukashi.mukashi 11. Natsu.yoimatsuri 12. Akita Jinku 13. Kawachi Ondo 14. Shamisen Polka 15. Nikata Bushi



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In My Life

HANAMAS

In My Life

Ref: FSD5604


Price: 25.99

Duo formed in 2009 by Tsugaru shamisen player Chie Hanawa and violin player Natsumi Okimasu who both studied at Tokyo University of The Arts.

1. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 2. Life 3. Mogamigawa Funauta 4. Homura 5. Mozart's Turkish March 6. In My Life 7. John Ryan's Polka


The Best of Hiromitsu Agatsuma - Freedom

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

The Best of Hiromitsu Agatsuma - Freedom

Ref: FSD5523


Price: 24.99

Best of from the acclaimed tsugaru shamisen player celebrating his 10th year as a professional musician. As well as some of his best known tunes, is a new composition, Hana, together with shakuhachi player Dozan Fujiwara.

1. Kaze 2. Yuu 3. Beams 4. Solitude 5. Tsugaru Jongara-bushi 6. Dawnlight 7. Paper In The Air [Kami No Mai] 8. Time Traveler 9. Tabaru-zaka 10. En 11. Gafuu 12. Furin Kazan -tsuki Sayu Yoru- 13. Takeda No Komoriuta 14. Sono Otoko 15. Hana-Sora Wo Mau Kaze No Gotoku


Jukki

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Jukki

Ref: FSD5524


Price: 23.99

Agatsuma's 10th album in his 10th year goes back to his roots in tsugaru shamisen, playing some classic tunes of the Tsugaru repertoire. The first and last tracks however are his own new tunes. Expertly played superbly recorded.

1. Jukki Joshou 2. Tsugaru Jongarabushi 3. Ajigasawa Jinku 4. Waihabushi 5. Tsugaru Aiyabushi 6. Tosa No Sunayama 7. Tsugaru Yosarebushi 8. Akita Nikatabushi 9. Tsugaru Jongarabushi 10. Jukki Shuushou



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Nostalgia

HIDE-HIDE

Nostalgia

Ref: FSD5454


Price: 25.99

Hide-Hide are the duo of shakuhachi player Hideki Ishigaki and shamisen player Hideki Onoue. This is their second album, a selection of twelve tracks with a nostalgic theme, chosen from Georgian composer Mikael Tariverdiev's film music. Includes tracks accompanied by orchestra recorded in Moscow and with other Japanese instruments such as koto and taiko. Winners of the 2010 Russian Terem Crossover International Music Competition, this album has also been released in Russia.

1. Nostalgia 2. Angela no Ballad 3. Joker no Namida 4. Itoshii Hito wa Dokoe 5. 6. Tada Munashii dake 7. Japanese Vocalise 8. Story Teller 9. Actress of Circus 10. Motsu mono Motazaru mono 11. Take ni Yuki, Kinu nu Tsuyu 12. 1000 no Candle


Believe

SHO ASANO

Believe

Ref: FSD5262


Price: 26.99

Third album from brilliant tsugaru shamisen player, now twenty years old. Produced by Michiru Oshima, best known as a composer of music for several best selling video games. Recorded in France with local guest musicians, from jazz to classical to original tunes.

1.My Favorite Things 2.Believe 3.Sakura-sakura 4.Recontre A Limoges 5.Flow My Tears 6. K 7. Summertime 8. Spain 9.Tsugaru-jonkara-bushi 10. Waiha-bushi


Aga-Shio

AGA-SHIO

Aga-Shio

Ref: FSD5223


Price: 26.99

Fantastic album by pianist Tetsu Shioya and tsugaru shamisen player Hiromitsu Agatsuma. There have been many tsugaru shamisen collaborations but probably nothing quite as good as this, mainly because pianist Shioya has an understanding of Japanese folk music, his piano enhancing the shamisen not competing with it.

1. Raphsody 2. Akita Magouta 3. Baroc Style Capricio - For Shamisen and Piano 4. Sado Okesa 5. Twarazaka 6. Jonkara 7. Shufflin' City 8. Namida no Kioku 9. Sayo Shigure


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Hikiyomigusa (SHM-CD)

HARUE MOMOYAMA

Hikiyomigusa (SHM-CD)

Ref: FSD5125


Price: 24.99

First album from Momoyama, on which she sings and plays shamisen on tracks inspired by modern literature. Ryuichi Sakamoto plays synthesizer on Koku no Funauta, produced by founder of Music Magazine and journalist Toyo Nakamura.

1. Sora mo Nagareru 2. Yugure 3. Hi no Nagasa 4. Aki no Hi no 5. Shigure 6. Naion 7. Koku no Funauta


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Oni no Onna no Komoriuta (SHM-CD)

HARUE MOMOYAMA

Oni no Onna no Komoriuta (SHM-CD)

Ref: FSD5126


Price: 25.99

Third album, includes a collaboration with the late Syrian oud player Hamza El Din on tracks 7 and 12.

1. Ise no Koman 2. Nawa 3. Oni no Onna no Komoriuta 4. Itsutsugi no Komoriuta 5. Futanobori Sangenkyoku 6. Aki no Iro 7. Lamma Bada Yatasanna 8. Hitorigurashi 9. Moriya Orin 10. Tono no Kappabuchi 11. Yama no Shunju 12. Uraura Tsubaki 13. Yoshinoyama



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Rhapsody

NAMI KINEIE

Rhapsody

Ref: FSD5112


Price: 25.99

Nami Kineie is a shamisen player who has mainly performed for musicals and as a session player with bands, sometimes playing electric shamisen. This is her first solo album, accomapnied by Makoto Takei (shakuhachi, fue, flute), Akemi Yamada (20 string koto), Masae Handa (vocal), and Isami Kineie (shamisen).

1. Shamisen Kyousoukyoku 1 (Band Version) 2. Nanami Rhapsody 1 3. Nanami Rhapsody 2 4. Nanami Rhapsody 3 5. Nagauta Miyakokaze Ryu 6. Shamisen Kyousoukyoku 2 7. Russia Classic Medley 8. Jo ni Saosasu 9. Shamisen Kyousoukyoku 3 (Band Version)



Sangen - Yoino Utage

TETSUYA NOZAWA

Sangen - Yoino Utage

Ref: FSD5076


Price: 26.99

Tetsuya Nozawa was born in Kyoto in 1974 and started shamisen at the age of 19 when he was a university student. Later he entered the Research Centre for Contemporary-Traditional Japanese Music in Tokyo and studied shamisen from Akiko Nishigata. He has been the recipient of many awards at traditional music competitions and became a lecturer at a music university in Tokyo in 2005. This is his fifth album of sangen (shamisen) this time teamed up with koto, sho, hichiriki, shakuhachi and other instruments. Six contemporary songs written by among others Tadao Sawai and Masakuni Kineya.

1. Sho - for Shamisen Solo 2. Tsubasa 3. Flower Meditation Dance 4. Warebakari 5. Hanakanzashi 6. Yoi no Utage


Monsters of Shamisen 2009

MONSTERS OF SHAMISEN

Monsters of Shamisen 2009

Ref: FSD5077


Price: 19.99

Monsters of Shamisen are California based musicians Kevin Kmetz and Mike Penny, with Japanese shamisen player Masahiro Nitta. Mix of styles from these virtuosos, from Balkan to bluegrass, from rock to baroque.



Kaze o Tsukamu Tsukame (CD + DVD)

KOU TAKAHASHI

Kaze o Tsukamu Tsukame (CD + DVD)

Ref: FSD4938


Price: 22.99

Tsugaru shamisen player born to Tsugaru shamisen minyo singing parents. This is his second album that comes with a DVD of two songs.

CD : 1. Kaze o Tsukame 2. Tsuki wa Dokoda 3. Kuchibiru no Kioku 4. Nemu no Koiuta 5. Nanja Monja no Ki 6. Tbaruzaka

DVD : 1. Kaze o Tsukame 2. Hatsukoisou


Utage

SHO ASANO

Utage

Ref: FSD4594


Price: 25.99

Born in 1990, Sho Asano is one of the young stars of tsugaru shamisen, winning the national tsugaru shamisen competition for under fifteens when aged eight. He won the same competition for all-comers of all ages for 3 years between 2004-2006. This is his second album and features Christopher Hardy (percussion,drums), Katsumi Usui (drums), Kiyohide Ura (piano), Akinori Yamada (bass).

1. Utage 2. Miss my home 3.Tsuki no Kagayaku Yoruni 4. Heavens Dust 5. Rakuen 6. Itsuki no Komoriuta 7. Al Cantala 8. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi (Kyusetsu/Shinsetsu) 9.Chamba



Shamisen Nagashi Uta

VARIOUS

Shamisen Nagashi Uta

Ref: FSD4546


Price: 36.99

2 CD compilation of various nagashi uta performed by shamisen with orchestra. Nagashi is a particularly dramatic of playing. 30 tracks. Artists include Toyohisa, Shizuko, Toyoshizu, Toyofumi, Kikusaburo Fujimatsu, Kikujiro Fujimastu, Kikuko Fujimatsu, Shutaro Honjo and Columbia Orchestra.



Chikyu - Nihon

HIROMITSU KINEYA

Chikyu - Nihon

Ref: FSD3949


Price: 25.99

Hiromitsu Kineya was born into a famous family of Nagauta shamisen players. His great-grandfather probably turned in his grave as Hiromitsu donned an outfit straight out of Star Trek and started playing shamisen with rock and rap. Well, he seems to have calmed down a bit and on his latest album is playing a jazz funk traditional fusion. Kineya wrote all the tunes and got on board well known J-pop arranger Takao Konishi to help out with arrangements, keyboards and programming. They then employed the talents of some great traditional musicians including National Treasures such as Hozan Yamamoto (shakuhachi), Bokusei Mochizuki (kozutsumi), Kisaku Katada (taiko), Wakasa Tsuruga (shinnuchi) and Tetsuo Miyata Tohon (nagauta). The J-pop/trad mix is an interesting concept and this albums brings together some of Japan's finest traditional musicians with one of the leading arrangers working behind the scenes in the J-pop world.



Samurai

KEISHO ONO WITH SHOGUN

Samurai

Ref: FSD3950


Price: 25.99

Keisho Ono is one of the new breed of shamisen players. Lightning fast, technically excellent and attracting a younger crowd to this traditional instrument. He started playing at the age of 8 and by the age of 14 was recognized by Chikuzan Takahashi as his successor. He performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas in 2006 and in 2008 is back with a new album and a new project that teams Ono up with two younger shamisen players. Shamisen riffs are accompanied by programmed beats and swirling synthesizer sounds. 11 tracks.



God of Shamisen

KEVIN KMETZ

God of Shamisen

Ref: FSD4660


Price: 25.99

Kevin Kmetz is an American tsugaru shamisen player and leader of the group God of Shamisen. He's won various shamisen competitions in Japan, and on this album he combines tsugaru shamisen with heavy metal, surf, rock and funk. Kevin's shamisen is accompanied by drums, guitar and bass. It's all delivered with a large degree of humour as well as great musicianship.

1. Shamisen Monster - Science fiction of Ray Bradbury 2. Tar Bomb Attack 3. Dragon Quest Medley 4. Metal Jongara 5. Bad Dog Attack 6. Star Wars Theme 7. Final Fantasy Medley 8. Sushi Furusato 9. Castles of Sand 10. Dragon String Attack 11. Last Shamisen Master 12. Black Dog


Appalachian Shamisen

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO & THE LAST FRONTIER

Appalachian Shamisen

Ref: FSD3444


Price: 25.99

Takeharu is a wonderful shamisen player and rokyoku (storytelling) singer. He developed a highly musical and entertaining style of rock 'n' roll shamisen and in 2003 went to East Tennessee State University for a year to study American traditional culture especially bluegrass. Aged 14 Takeharu had first heard bluegrass and the following year met Bill Monroe in Japan. In Tennessee he started playing his shamisen with a bluegrass band, which led to the formation of the group The Last Frontier. They toured in Japan and the US and recorded this album together. Appalachian Shamisen feels like an entirely natural combination, the result of years of absorbing bluegrass into rokyoku and shamisen. Brilliantly played, with loads of humour. Fantastic stuff.



Takeharu Kunimoto Koten Rokyoku Kessaku-Sen Vol. 3

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO

Takeharu Kunimoto Koten Rokyoku Kessaku-Sen Vol. 3

Ref: FSD3789


Price: 22.99

Classic rokyoku storytelling from the shamisen playing and singing Takeharu Kunimoto. Third volume of five of his Koten Rokyoku series. Two parts of Chusingura, the revenge of the 47 ronin for the death of their master. 1.Murakami Kiken-Chushingura, Honden 2.Eikoku Mikkou



Dai Chushingura

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO

Dai Chushingura

Ref: FSD3791


Price: 23.99

Three tracks of Chushingura done in Kunimoto's unique rokyoku rock 'n' roll style plus two karaoke, including one with commentary by Kunimoto.



Ichimaru no Subete

ICHIMARU

Ichimaru no Subete

Ref: FSD3699


Price: 21.99

Ichimaru (1906-1997) was one of the greatest Japanese female singers. She helped to update traditional singing (hauta, kouta) into a modern style combined with American jazz and boogie woogie. She trained as a geisha, specialising in shamisen playing and singing under some of the great masters, inclduing Eijudaiyu Kiyomoto. She started recording in 1931, and performing for Japanese troops before the war. Following the war and the US occupation she became interested in jazz which she combined with the traditional music she had become well known for, including the hit song 'Shamisen Boogie-Woogie'. This CD compiles songs from her post-war period. 1.Tenryu Kudareba 2.Chakkiri Bushi 3.Ina Bushi 4.Ryukyo Kouta 5.Tokamachi Kouta 6.Yuki no Blues 7.Yuki no Hamamachigashi 8.Sumidagawa Zomeki 9.Shamisen Boogie Woogie 10.Hatsude Miyotote 11.Oedo Nihonbashi 12.Harukaze ga soyosoyo to 13.Ami wa Johi 14.Kasui 15.Kujo Hachiman Matsuri 16.Kirigirisu



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Passion!

SHINICHI KINOSHITA

Passion!

Ref: FSD3623


Price: 25.99

Latest album from the excellent tsugaru shamisen player, who has been around a lot longer than Yoshida Brothers, Agatsuma etc..but is still ahead of the game in terms of genuine talent and creativity. Seven tracks.



Sofu

AGATSUMA

Sofu

Ref: FSD3619


Price: 25.99

Yet another new album from the much hyped tsugaru shamisen player. This one includes tracks inspired by Japanese folk tales, children's songs as well as a tune for a TV drama and original tracks. The usual mix of shamisen and modern western backing.



Nippon : Neo Japanesque

HIDEHIDE

Nippon : Neo Japanesque

Ref: FSD3547


Price: 26.99

Hidehide are the two Hideki's, Ishigaki on shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Onoe on shamisen. They have all the right credentials. Ishigaki studied under the great shakuhachi master Hozan Yamamoto while Onoe comes from a long line of shamisen players. Pop, rock and jazzy sounds played on Japanese instruments on a mixture of original tunes and covers including a version of YMO's Rydeen and the classic minyo Soran Bushi. Comes with DVD containing one tune.



Shami Spirits

KEISHO OHNO

Shami Spirits

Ref: FSD3439


Price: 25.99

Born in 1975, yet another young tsugaru shamisen player following the likes of Yoshida Brothers and Agatsuma. Keisho Ono's main claim to fame is he learnt from a student of the late, great Chikuzan Takahashi and at age 14 became the offical successor of Chikuzan Bushi. He plays his shamisen in a psuedo rock style and is accompanied by synthesizer and drum machine, the traditional tunes evolving into a sort of rock jazz fusion. Ten tracks including traditional tunes such as Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi, (3 versions) Aiya Hensokyoku, Tsugaru Jinku and original ones, Storming Blue, Umi and Spiral Loop.



Syofu

SYO ASANO

Syofu

Ref: FSD3426


Price: 25.99

First album from sixteen year old shamisen player who became the youngest ever Tsugaru Shamisen national championships when he was aged eight! Nine tracks, mostly traditional, including the standard Jonkara Bushi, and a version of 'My Favourite Things'.



Japan Tour 2006 - Hisho Live

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Japan Tour 2006 - Hisho Live

Ref: FSD3403


Price: 29.99

Over hyped shamisen playing brothers. 2 CD set of live recordings from their Japan tour November and December 2006. They are fairly popular (don't believe all the hype, they're not superstars in Japan) yet behind the image, ill advised collaborations and over produced studio albums are two great musicians which shines through here. 15 tracks.



Hishou - Shamisen dake no Sekai Vol.1

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Hishou - Shamisen dake no Sekai Vol.1

Ref: FSD3240


Price: 25.99

Yoshida Brothers are still, probably, tsugaru shamisen's biggest act and the CDs keep on comin'. This one features re-recorded versions from their early period together with a few new tunes and a few old minyo ones. Fourteen tracks.1.Prologue:Hishou 2.Ibuki 3.Kodo 4.Ringo Bushi 5.Ajigasawa Jinku 6.Yasaburo Bushi 7.Panorama 8.Tsugaru Yosare Bushi 9.Toki no Suna 10.Tsugaru Aiya Bushi 11.Modern 12.Dual 13.Tsugaru Jongara Bushi (Hishou Version) 14.Epilogue:Hishou



Tohoku Roman

MICHIHIRO SATO

Tohoku Roman

Ref: FSD2409


Price: 25.99

Michihiro Sato is one of the original new generation of tsugaru shamisen players along with Shinichi Kinoshita and is one of the featured artists on the Rough Guide to Japan CD. On this album he plays tsugaru shamisen standards along with original tunes. Guest musicians include Shozan Tanabe on shakuhachi (also featured on the Rough Guide Japan CD) Shigeri Kitsu (taiko) and Masaki Yoshimi (tabla).



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Another Side of Yoshida Brothers

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Another Side of Yoshida Brothers

Ref: FSD4656


Price: 25.99

To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, this is a CD of various remixes, collaborations and unreleased track by the tsugaru shamisen playing duo.

1. Yume - Laurent Wolf & Yoshida Brothers 2. Centrifugal Focus 3. Le Aquil Non Volano a Stormi - Franco Battiato 4. Intelligentactile 101 - Jessica Hoop 5. Not Like Me - Choir Boy feat Yoshida Brothers 6. 7. Change - Monkey Majik + Yoshida Brothers 8. 9. 10. 11. Parallel Feelings 12. Storm 13. 14. Rising (Complete Mix) 15. Kodo- Inside the Sun Remix



Prism

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Prism

Ref: FSD4462


Price: 26.99

New album from the dynamic shamisen playing brothers, touted as their major debut 10 year anniversay album. Recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Tony Berg, more of their blend of shamisen with rock, blues, jazz and other genres.

1. The National Anthem 2. Seven 3. Mr Nagano's Foolish Proposal 4. Akai Tori - Red Bird 5. One Long River 6. Fujin 7. Akita Obako 8. Summer Day 9. Tsutaerareyuku Michi 10. Aiya 11. End of the World


Yoshida Brothers

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Yoshida Brothers

Ref: FSD2778


Price: 26.99

The tsugaru shamisen playing brothers of Ryoichiro and Kenichi follow on quickly with another new album. The 12 tracks include 5 original new songs, traditional folk tunes, a collaboration with a Japanese singer and covers of tunes by John Lennon and Brian Eno. There is something that smacks of quantity over quality. Nevertheless, even though they are marketed heavily and have trendy haircuts they're also excellent musicians.



Yoshida Brothers (with DVD)

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Yoshida Brothers (with DVD)

Ref: FSD2778a


Price: 30.99

Same CD as above except this limited edition has a DVD with video clip of the latest single 'Rising'.



Renaissance

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Renaissance

Ref: FSD2357


Price: 26.99

The tsugaru shamisen twins are back with a great new album, combining their traditional instruments with Irish uillean pipes are a host of other western instrumentation. Nevertheless, they manage to keep their own identity with some skillful production. 10 tracks, new and old including a version of the famous lullaby Takeda no Komori uta.



Frontier

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Frontier

Ref: FSD2137


Price: 26.99

The tsugaru shamisen brothers latest album is their most experimental, and possibly best yet. There are some duets including the ever present standards, such as Jonkara Bushi, but what really sets this album apart is the wide range of collaborators, instruments and different types of music. Bass, drums, guitars, percussion, organ, violin, piano, even tablas and flamenco guitar, make for some original new mixtures on pieces that range from uptempo to gentle. Elsewhere, taiko drums and shakuhachi add a Japanese flavour. Stunning and stirring stuff.

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Soulful

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Soulful

Ref: FSD1778


Price: 26.99

For their third album, the award winning tsugaru shamisen playing brothers perform original tunes, accompanied by wadaiko drums, bass, guitar and violin. A new and welcome departure that they carry off well.



Ibuki

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Ibuki

Ref: FSD1395


Price: 23.99

Still in their early 20s, the Yoshida brothers are the new sensations of the Japanese traditional music world, achieving pin-up status with a new legion of fans. The brothers play Tsugaru shamisen, the style from the north of Japan with intricate and fast picking. This is their first album, excellent, but a little short at just over 30 minutes.



Move

YOSHIDA BROTHERS

Move

Ref: FSD1396


Price: 23.99

Following the runaway success of their first album, Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida release their second album. Including some percussion, this is every bit as good as the first, and is substantially longer at over 50 minutes. Despite the image and marketing (the CD comes with a calendar!) their talent as musicians is undisputed. For anyone who wants to hear the hottest act in Japanese traditional music.



Sho

SHINICHI KINOSHITA

Sho

Ref: FSD1784


Price: 25.99

Excellent recordings of traditional tsugaru shamisen tunes. Superb playing by one of the originators of the new tsugaru sound.

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Den - King of Tsugaru

SHINICHI KINOSHITA

Den - King of Tsugaru

Ref: FSD1505


Price: 26.99

Shinichi Kinoshita although still young, is considered the first of the new breed of exciting tsugaru shamisen players. He has played with Takio Ito and many more musicians. Rock in attitude and pose, traditional and brilliant in technique, and still making excellent albums. This is a re-release, no doubt in the wake of the latest tsugaru shamisen boom.



Kai - Tsugaru Fusion

SHINICHI KINOSHITA

Kai - Tsugaru Fusion

Ref: FSD1506


Price: 26.99

Another recent release by Kinoshita, fast plucking tsugaru shamisen. Includes, shakuhachi (flute) and other instrument concoctions on an album of modern tsugaru shamisen.



Sougu

SHINICHI KINOSHITA VS ROBY LAKATOS

Sougu

Ref: FSD1783


Price: 26.99

Tsugaru shamisen master plays with Hungarian gypsy violin maestro Roby Lakatos. Interesting and effective collaboration.



Eien No Shi

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Eien No Shi

Ref: FSD2536


Price: 26.99

Along with Shinichi Kinoshita and the Yoshida Brothers, Hiromitsu Agatsuma is the third musician to have made a name for himself overseas as well as in Japan performing the exciting tsugaru shamisen style from the north of Japan. On this latest album he plays his own compositions that take their inspiration from various minyo (local folk) tunes and styles as well as his own versions of minyo classics. His shamisen is accompanied by mainly taiko drums on an acoustic, largely traditional sounding album.



Beyond

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Beyond

Ref: FSD2259


Price: 24.99

One of the young tsugaru shamisen players currently making a splash on the scene, with various guest artists including Coba on accordion, best known outside Japan for playing with Bjork and Korean percussionist Kim Doksu of the world famous Samul Nori.



En

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

En

Ref: FSD3078


Price: 26.99

Agatsuma is one of the new generation of tsugaru shamisen players, who combines the fast plucking of the three stringed lute with rock, jazz, dance and other styles of music. It's a formula that has its limitations and shelf-life, but Agatusuma has consistently made interesting albums and this one, his sixth, is no exception. It's based around the theme of 'matsuri', local festivals, his shamisen accompanied by great percussion playing plus shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and other instruments. Ten tracks of both original and traditional tunes.



Agatsuma Plays Standards

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Agatsuma Plays Standards

Ref: FSD4448


Price: 26.99

Agatsuma is one of the young breed of tsugaru shamisen players who has been updating the tradition by mixing the instrument with other styles of music, and collaborating with other musicians. The steam however has been beginning to run out when it comes to fresh ideas, perhaps encapsulated by the concept of this album, Agatsuma plays 'standards' - a hogwash of various tunes most of which you've probably heard before. Tsugaru shamisen versions of the following.

1. Sunayama 2. Beat It 3. Scarborough Fair 4. Spain 5. Technopolis 6. Fragile 7. Takeda no Komoriuta 8. One Note Samba 9. Mission Impossible Theme 10. Polovtsian Dance 11. Canon


Beams - Agatsuma 2

HIROMITSU AGATSUMA

Beams - Agatsuma 2

Ref: FSD1779


Price: 26.99

At fourteen Agatsuma won the 1988 All-Japan Tsugaru-Shamisen Competition. On his second release, Agatsuma blends his many musical influences of jazz, rock fusion and Latin based grooves with traditional Japanese folk music.



Classics - Agatsuma 3

HIROMITSU AGATUSMA

Classics - Agatsuma 3

Ref: FSD1780


Price: 21.99

Recorded at a New York church, an album of classic traditional tunes.



Agatsuma

AGATSUMA

Agatsuma

Ref: FSD1507


Price: 26.99

Another young tsugaru shamisen player, although not from the tsugaru region. Great technique, some traditional and some more modern interpretations.



Shamisen Kid

MASAHIRO NITTA

Shamisen Kid

Ref: FSD1503


Price: 25.99

Tsugaru shamisen, a fast style of lute playing from northen Japan, is going through a renaissance at the moment, mainly due to the excellent Yoshida Brothers. Not surprisingly, there have been a few other young tsugaru shamisen players recorded, most notbaly 16 year old Masahiro Nitta. He won the All-Japan shamisen competition, and is probably better than the Yoshida Brothers, with some fantastic playing and a more diverse range of influences and guests, including from Mongolia. Brilliantly recorded and performed. Recommended.



Yuki

MASAHIRO NITTA

Yuki

Ref: FSD1781


Price: 26.99

Second album from one of the best of the young Tsugaru shamisen players. Eleven varied and interesting tracks.



Sou

MASAHIRO NITTA

Sou

Ref: FSD1504


Price: 26.99

Latest album and first major release by shamisen kid. Not quite the impact and energy of the first, but still an excellent release, slightly more refined.



Midarebiki

KAZUHIRO & TENBI FUKUI

Midarebiki

Ref: FSD3121


Price: 26.99

Kazuhiro and Tenbi Fukui are a brother / sister tsugaru shamisen duo. This excellent album features eight of their best tracks of classic material plus the unreleased 'Yatsugatake - Midarebiki'.



Xrossing View

RA

Xrossing View

Ref: FSD2707


Price: 26.99

RA is Toru Yonaha on Okinawan sanshin and Masahiro Nitta on tsugaru shamisen, probably Japan's two most popular folk traditions. Both are young innovators on their instruments, and on this album they perform their own original tunes.



1/f

KAZUHIRO AND TENBI FUKUI

1/f

Ref: FSD1785


Price: 26.99

Another family duo- this time brother and sister combination on tsugaru shamisen. Great playing, the CD differentiates itself through interesting choice of material including a Russian folk song, 'Polyushko Pole' and an English folk song, 'Scarborough Fair' as well as more standard fare.



Dash

AUN

Dash

Ref: FSD1787


Price: 26.99

The two shamisen playing, taiko drumming twins formerly of Ondekoza. They begin with an ill advised, horrendous heavy metal collaboration with an American band, but things improve after that with drumming duets, an Okinawan collaboration wtth Rikki, shinobue flute playing and what they are best known for; tsugaru shamisen duets.



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