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Haru Baru

TOMORO

Haru Baru

Ref: FSD6850


Price: 19.99

Third album from the duo of taiko player Tetsuro Naito and shinobue flute player Tomoko Takeda. Tetsuro Naito spent 12 years as one of the leading players with the world's leading taiko group, Kodo. As well performing on many albums he was also director of the acclaimed Earth Celebration festival held annually on Sado island collaborating with artists from around the world. Tomoko Takeda studied taiko and shinobue flute from an early age, developing an interest in rakugo (story telling) kabuki and noh. Together they play an updated version of Edo Bayashi, hundreds of year old festival music from the Tokyo area. They add western elements and flavours and other world influences to create a dynamic sound, inherently Japanese, with a modern twist. Guests musicians play accordion, bass and sax.

1. Hanamichi 2. Taiyofu 3. Unzen Ondo 4. Renge no Gotoku 5. Aran no Oka 6. Harukage 7. Haru Baru 8. Yugure Toki 9. Picnic

17th June 2015, Japanese duo Tomoro live in the studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

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Tyconist (SACD)

TAKUYA (TANIGUCHI)

Tyconist (SACD)

Ref: FSD6878


Price: 23.99

First album from taiko drummer, a disciple of Eitetsu Hayashi, one of the most celebrated taiko drummers, one of the founders of Kodo. Born in 1983, Takuya was born in 1983 in Fukui and started learning taiko from the age of three. After founding the taiko group Tenryu Daiko, he performed with overseas musicians including German pianist Walter Lang. He eventually moved to Germany, playing with the German drum group Drumaturgia, the World Percussion Ensemble and Walter Lang. Takuya takes taiko in new directions, by singing and playing taiko in a rock setting.

1. Prologue 2. Hayase 3. Over Kei 4. Saryu 5. Yamagami 6. Kami-toki 7. Homura-keitou 8. Epilogue

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Hoshizora no Wataru

TOMORO

Hoshizora no Wataru

Ref: FSD6851


Price: 19.99

Second album that came out in 2008 from the taiko / flute duo of Tetsuro Naito and Tomoko Takeda. Ex-Kodo drummer Naito and wonderful shinobue (flute) player Tomoko Takeda combine with great effect on this groundbreaking album. Features guest player on accordion, plus harmonica and djembe from Tomoro.

1. Hoshizora no Wataru 2. Daikokai 3. Shichi Mi 4. Gekkoka 5. Tanjobi 6. Obayashi Musume 7. Sazin 8. Midori Michi 9. Hoshizora no Wataru

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Mystery

KODO

Mystery

Ref: FSD6721


Price: 25.99

Recorded at Kodo Village, this new studio recording compliments the stage production 'Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery' directed by Kabuki legend Tamasaburo Bando. The seeds for this album and production were planted in 2003, when Kodo asked Tamasaburo Bando to direct one their shows. In 2012, Bando was appointed Kodo's artistic director. There is less (although still plenty) of the trademark energetic beating of drums, and a more subtle, greater variety of sounds, rhythms and styles.

1. Yomichi 2. Ake no Myojo 3. Harewataru 4. Kusa-wake 5. Kei Kei 6. Yuyami 7. Hekireki 8. Sasurai



Ondekoza Collection (6 SACDs Box Set)

ONDEKOZA

Ondekoza Collection (6 SACDs Box Set)

Ref: FSD6694


Price: 189.99

Single layer SACDs (not compatible with regular CD players) remastered versions of six Ondekoza albums. Ondekoza are the original taiko drummers group, the forerunners of Kodo, founded by Tagayasu Den.

1. Za Ondekoza (1976)

1. Odaiko 2. Ajikan 3. Tsugarujamisen 4. Yataibayashi

2. New (1989)

1. Ondekobayashi 2. Hachijo 3. Shimauta Gensokyoku 4. Battle SHip Yamato 5. Komoriuta 6. Yataibayashi

3. Legend (1994)

1. Odaiko 2. Mikuni Gensokyoku 3. Itsuki no Komoriuta 4. Yataibayashi 5. Chindonya 6. Utsu Hachijo

4. Fujiyama (1997)

1. Ondekobayashi 2. Yumigahama 3. Fujiyama 4. Hana ya Koyoi no 5. Mikuni 6. Toto 7. Aun-Jamisen 8. Myoan 9. Monochrome II

5. Doto Banri (1998)

1. Toto 2. Monochrome II 3. Hi no Mai 4. Sakiyama Bushi 5. Yuki no Ashita 6. Doto Banri

6. Kyoten Dochi (2004).

1. Taiyo no Uma 2. Kyoten Dochi 3. Ondekobayashi '04- Chikurai 4. Iru I Taketoihime II Tsukie 5. Yataibayashi '04 Soten 6. Kurenai Hachijo 7. Inori-Odaiko 8. Kawaki no Umi Part IV


Otodama

MIKITA HASE

Otodama

Ref: FSD6533


Price: 20.99

From Shizuoka, Mikita Hase began playing taiko aged eight. After forming and playing in the Taiko ensemble Yo-Soro, he went on to join taiko pioneer Eitetsu Hayashi's ensemble in 2000 touring around the world. He has collaborated with various artists such as Kisei Okura (kyogen), Hiromitsu Agatsuma (Tsugaru shamisen), Masaki Hayashi (jazz piano) and others. On this album guests include Nobuto Yamanaka (shamisen), Akito Kohama (shakuhachi), Michiko Yamada (shinobue), Masaki Hayashi (piano) and Hiroyuki Okada from Yo-Soro (taiko).

1. Ruten 2. Tobiuo 3. Kizashi 4. Kaze o Yuku 5. Makurayama Uta - Interlude 6. Sora Ochite Michi Hiraku 7. Kaze Hashiru 8. Kiyome 9. Sai Bayashi


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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Ichitaro #2

ICHITARO

Ichitaro #2

Ref: FSD6046


Price: 25.99

Ichitaro is a taiko player who used to play with Ondekoza, running the 15,000km across the USA over three years, while giving some 500 concerts. He turned solo in 2004. On his second album he is accompanied by piano and shakuhachi. The seven tracks include five originals.

1. Kintoun 2. Persia 3. St. Thomas 4. Taiyo no Uma 2011. 5. Bridge 2011. 6. Hamabe no Uta 7. Kaze no Gakudan


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Ageha

BONTEN

Ageha

Ref: FSD5474


Price: 25.99

Bonten are one of the best taiko groups in Japan. Under Masataka Kobayashi, consisting of seven male and female players, the sound of the taiko drums is augmented by koto, shinobue flute and piano. They made their debut in 2000 and this new album is billed as their 10th anniversary release.

1.Kagome 2. Ageha 3. Echo 4. Red Hill 5. Sirius 6. Hero 7. Bazara 8. Seijaku no Mori ni Utau


Hachijo Taiko Rokuninkai

HACHIJO TAIKO ROKUNINKAI

Hachijo Taiko Rokuninkai

Ref: FSD5174


Price: 26.99

While the island of Sado, home to the Kodo drummers might be the island in Japan most associated with taiko drumming, the island of Hachijo is a lot more historically the island with drumming at the centre of its local culture. Hachijodaiko (or Hachijotaiko) is a unique, improvisational style in which the drum is placed horizontally to allow two players to hit it at the same time. One player provides the shitabiyoshi or underlying beat, while the other plays the improvised, more musical, part (uebiyoshi). Hachijo Taiko Rokuninkai were formed in 1981, and have been performing all over Japan and abroad ever since, while the hachijodaiko style has influenced taiko groups in Japan and around the world.

1. Syabataki 2. Yukichi 3. Honbataki 4. Yukichi 5. Yukichi 6. Honbataki 7. Yukichi 8. Honbataki 9. Yukichi 10. Honbataki 11. Honbataki 12. Honbataki 13. Syabataki


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Hiryu

WADAIKO HIRYU

Hiryu

Ref: FSD5113


Price: 16.99

First album from the nine member wadaiko (taiko) group from Kansai. Since they formed in 1998, the seven male and two female Wadaiko-Hiryu have steadily been building a reputation for their contemporay compositions played in a distinctly Japanese style on taiko. They have played with Konono No. 1 and various opening events and ceremonies, including a video of their performance at the Athletic World Championships in Helsinki in 2005. 7 tracks.



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Great Encounter - Eitetsu Hayashi with Orchestra - (SACD Hybrid)

EITETSU HAYASHI

Great Encounter - Eitetsu Hayashi with Orchestra - (SACD Hybrid)

Ref: FSD4434


Price: 26.99

Recording of a concert that celebrated the 25th anniversary as a taiko player of the remarkable Eitetsu Hayashi, performed at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo in December 2007, under the subtitle 'Sora o Tateite Hikari Hajimete Shiroshi'. He performed four pieces by contemporary Japanese composers, together with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. They were also backed by various other instruments such as timpani and a pipe organ. On the last track, Monoprism, written in 1976 by Maki Ishii, Hayashi performed with six other taiko players plus the orchestra on what has been called the first ever taiko concerto. Groundbreaking stuff.



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25 Year Annivesary- Sora o Tateite Hikari Hajimite Shiroshi (3CDs + DVD)

EITETSU HAYASHI

25 Year Annivesary- Sora o Tateite Hikari Hajimite Shiroshi (3CDs + DVD)

Ref: FSV4020


Price: 64.99

It's been 25 years since the wonderful Eitetsu Hayashi first performed solo, after being a member of the big two taiko groups, Ondekoza and Kodo. 3 CDs and 1 DVD of material from throughout his career compiled from albums he released with various record companies. 22 tracks on the 3 CDs. The DVD is of previously unreleased live footage from a concert in Tokyo from the 2004/5 Japan tour including special features and interview.



Konen no Uta - (Voices Beyond) SACD Hybrid

EITETSU HAYASHI

Konen no Uta - (Voices Beyond) SACD Hybrid

Ref: FSD3861


Price: 26.99

Taiko drumming groups of varying quality have now sprung up in many countries around the world. Contrary to popular conception, groups of taiko drummers in loin cloths is not some ancient Japanese tradition. One man, more responsible than any other, for creating this so-called 'tradition' is Eitetsu Hayashi, the best musician in the original Ondekoza, lead drummer with their off-shoot Kodo and for many years now, a solo musician. Unlike some of the groups he helped spawn, Hayashi is not style over substance, instead he continues to push the boundaries of taiko music with collaborations and innovations as well as being just about the best of the taiko players. On this album he is joined by a chorus group and guest vocalists and tackles some Middle Eastern rhythms and songs written by one time collaborator, the late Hamza El Din. 12 tracks. SACD Haybrid gives a fantastic sound quality.



MatsuRhythm Vol. 1 Earth Beat

GOCOO + GoRo

MatsuRhythm Vol. 1 Earth Beat

Ref: FSD3706


Price: 25.99

If you've been to a festival in Europe these last few years, you might have stumbled upon this Japanese taiko group, who have become regular performers in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The group are seven female and four male drummers, under the leadership of female taiko drummer Kaoly Asano. They also have developed a following in Japan, with their crossover style that encompasses rock and other styles into a global tribal groove. This is the group's first album for five years and features regular collaborator and didgeridoo player GoRo. 8 tracks. 1. Introduction 2. Taiowa 3. Samadhi 4. Desert Rose 5. Dassera 6. Na-Ga 7.Gekko 8. TakeMax.



Gaifu

BONTEN

Gaifu

Ref: FSD3602


Price: 26.99

Bonten are a taiko group who are always pushing the limits, searching for new possibilities and collaborating with various artists and dj's. They combine the taiko drums with shakuhachi and other traditional instruments with keyboards in a kind of new age setting.



Pratanas no Ki (Breeze of the Tree)

HINOKI-YA

Pratanas no Ki (Breeze of the Tree)

Ref: FSD3550


Price: 25.99

Hinoki-ya describe themselves as the 'happiest taiko in the world'. From Hakodate in Hokkaido, the taiko drums are augmented by shinobue flute, acoustic guitar and vocals into a Japanese roots mixture with western influences. Also call themselves 'the travelling band' having played in the US, Croatia, Brazil, France and Greece.



Heartbeat - Best of Kodo 25th Anniversary

KODO

Heartbeat - Best of Kodo 25th Anniversary

Ref: FSD3242


Price: 26.99

Kodo celebrate a quarter century of drumming on Sado island with a new best of. 14 tracks featuring old classics, and a few new arrangements of other favourites. The album is culled from tracks from 1989 - 2005, and is a great intoduction to the group that has helped spawn several other drumming troupes around the world. 1.Lion (from Irodori, 1990) 2.Aya (from Irodori, 1990) 3.Zoku (from Blessing of the Earth, 1989) 4.Ibuki (from Ibuki, 1996) 5.Shake (from Tsutsumi, 1999) 6.Miyake (from Tsutsumi, 1999) 7.Kyosui(Oodaiko) (from Tsutsumi, 1999) 8.Yataibayashi (from Blessing of the Earth, 1989) 9.Berimbau Jam (from Mondo Head, 2001) 10.Strobe's Nanafushi(Satori Mix) (from Sai-so, 1999) 11.Floor (from Prism Rhythm, 2005) 12.Biei (from Warabe, 1999) 13.Chonlima (from Prism Rhythm, 2005) 14.Kuyurage (from Prism Rhythm, 2005).



Prism Rhythm

KODO

Prism Rhythm

Ref: FSD2751


Price: 26.99

It's been four years since Kodo released a new album. Prism Rhythm is their 20th offering, and doesn't disappoint. Recorded on Sado island in Kodo village, the 13 tracks include 4 featuring the women performers of Kodo (Yoko Fujimoto, Tsubasa Hori, Yoshie Sunahata and Ayako Onizawa). Also included is the theme music to the succesful film Hero, directed by the Chinese director Zhang Yimou, and a special bonus track mixed by dj and producer of Jazztronik, Ryota Nozaki. The opening track 'Floor' was even written by one of Kodo's staff members, on this richly varied and highly recommended CD.



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Best of Kodo

KODO

Best of Kodo

Ref: FSD2680


Price: 24.99

Re-release from 1993, of the best of the early years of the spectacular drummers group. 8 classic tracks including Lion, Sai, Yumigahama, Monochrome and Yatai Bayashi. Thundering explosive stuff.



Kyouten Douchi

ONDEKOZA

Kyouten Douchi

Ref: FSD2305


Price: 26.99

Third in a trilogy of albums following on from Fujiyama and Doutou Banri, probably the best two by Japan's original taiko group. New arrangements of five of their most highly regarded tunes, plus three new compositions. Ondekoza have recently been through several personel changes, so this album is considered as a new start for Japan's demon drummers.



Fujiyama

ONDEKOZA

Fujiyama

Ref: FSD1115


Price: 26.99

Japan's demon drummers return with more power than ever! Wonderful album, including shakuhachi and other instruments.



One Earth Tour Special

KODO

One Earth Tour Special

Ref: FSD2353


Price: 26.99

Recorded live, the world's most famous taiko drumming group's latest album produced by Kabuki actor, Tamasaburo Bando. Nine tracks, great sound on this super hybrid audio CD.



Mondo Head

KODO

Mondo Head

Ref: FSD1508


Price: 26.99

The latest from Japan's premier drummers group. This time produced by Mickey Hart. Includes global percussion (Bahia) and guest Indian tabla maestro, Zakir Hussain. Excellent release.



Blessing of The Earth

KODO

Blessing of The Earth

Ref: FSD037


Price: 26.99

Taiko drummers group from Sado, in top quality recording that includes many traditional instruments in addition to the huge taiko drums.



Kenkon

EITETSU HAYASHI MEETS YOSUKE YAMASHITA

Kenkon

Ref: FSD1788


Price: 26.99

Eitetsu Hayashi used to be in Ondekoza and the top drummer in Kodo. On this album, he plays with top jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita.



Haru

EITETSU HAYASHI

Haru

Ref: FSD1205


Price: 26.99

Superb album by taiko drummer, with shamisen and Chinese erhu.



Solo-Live In Warehouse

EITETSU HAYASHI

Solo-Live In Warehouse

Ref: FSD1402


Price: 25.99

Eitetsu Hayashi is the former leader of drummers group Ondekoza, and the acknowledged best taiko drummer in Japan. He often plays within a western context and is constantly interested in progressing his music. This CD is of his composition in three parts, Ring-Jo, Ring-Ha, and Ring-Kyu, recorded live.



Duo-Live In Warehouse

EITETSU HAYASHI

Duo-Live In Warehouse

Ref: FSD1403


Price: 25.99

Eitetsu Hayashi is joined by pianist Yoshuke Yamashita on this recording. Three tracks, Bolero-Shu-Ri-Ha, Round About Midnight and Etai Bridge. An experimental music that definitely works. Recommended.



Debut Concert

EITETSU HAYASHI

Debut Concert

Ref: FSD1404


Price: 25.99

Recorded together with a group including Korean percussion, synthesizer and percussion. Experimental, but highly effective.



Taiko Drumming

SHUICHI HIDANO

Taiko Drumming

Ref: FSD2193


Price: 25.99

Hidano is a former member of Kodo, who turned solo in 1990. He is known as a 'futuristic' taiko drummer for his experimental style. Played the huge dadaiko at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Japan/Korea 2002, and closing ceremony in France four years earlier. Hidano has played in 15 countries around the world, including the "Rhythm Sticks" festival in London 2002. This varied CD includes piano and electric guitar and tracks include 'Amazing Grace' and 'Home Sweet Home', with five solo drumming passages. Richly entertaining.



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Gratitude

LEONARD ETO

Gratitude

Ref: FSD4463


Price: 23.99

A best of album from the superb taiko player Leonard Eto. Born in New York, Eto was the principle player in Kodo, before leaving to persue a solo career. His compositions have been featured in films including JFK, The Lion King and The Thin Red Line. He is also known as a great collaborator having performed or recorded with Bob Dylan, The Chieftains, Max Roach and many more. Taken from albums released between 1997 and 2006 most tracks are collaborations. Collaborators include Aja Addy (percussion) track 5, Zakir Hussain (tabla) track 6, Steve Eto (percussion) tracks 7 and 9, Kaz Kumagai (tap dance) track 9, Keisuke Ota (violin) tracks 2 and 4, Yuji Katsui (violin) track 8, Natsuki Kido (guitar) tracks 3 and 11, Stephen Kent (didjeridu) track 1, Leopro (taiko ensemble) tracks 9 and 10.

1. Revival (from 2002 Duets) 2. Okaimono (from 1997) 3. Sai (from 2003 DVD Presence) 4. Another Planet (from 2005 Blend) 5. Story Teller (from 2002 Duets) 6. Elephant Gate (from 2002 Duets) 7. Bittat 24 (from 2005 Blend) 8. Daibutsu (from 1997 Leo) 9. Zoku (from 2005 Blend) 10. Anaconda III (from 2006 Ocean) 11. Waterdrops (from 2006 Ocean. Collaborators include Aja Addy (percussion) track 5, Zakir Hussain (tabla) track 6, Steve Eto (percussion) tracks 7 and 9, Kaz Kumagai (tap dance) track 9, Keisuke Ota (violin) tracks 2 and 4, Yuji Katsui (violin) track 8, Natsuki Kido (guitar) tracks 3 and 11, Stephen Kent (didjeridu) track 1, Leopro (taiko ensemble) tracks 9 and 10.


Aoi Tsuki (Blue Moon)

LEONARD ETO

Aoi Tsuki (Blue Moon)

Ref: FSD3712


Price: 23.99

The excellent taiko drummer Leonard Eto teams up with a string quartet (violin, viola, cello) and piano, bass, trombone and percussion players on his latest album. Leonard Eto has for 15 years now, been one of the world's leading solo taiko and percussion players, together with Eitetsu Hayashi, both of whom were once leading players with the world famous taiko group Kodo. He has always been an innovative collaborator especially with musicians from the US, where Eto was born and raised. 6 tracks. 1. Aoi Tsuki 2. Kickback 3. Aya Rhapsody 4. Omoide 5. Fireball 6. Wander



Blendrums

LEONARD ETO

Blendrums

Ref: FSD3406


Price: 23.99

Fifth album from the brilliant taiko drummer Leonard Eto. Rock, jazz, Asian, African rhythms and more are combined into his own original blend. 1. Black Diamond 2. No Elephant 3. Lion x Lion 4. Pankomelon Theatre 5. Mitsuno Joke 6. Hawaiian 7. Toi Taiko 8. No Elephant Live Version.



Leo + 1

LEONARD ETO

Leo + 1

Ref: FSD2138


Price: 25.99

Re-release of Eto's first album from 1998 with a bonus track. Eto is a spectacular taiko drummer who was born in New York. A former member of the world famous Kodo drummers, and after leaving has collaborated with a variety of musicians including Zakir Hussein, live with Bob Dylan, and is featured on various film soundtracks such as JFK, Lion King and The Thin Red Line.



Blend

LEONARD ETO

Blend

Ref: FSD2509


Price: 23.99

Since leaving Kodo in 1992, brilliant taiko drummer Leonard Eto has become known for his many collaborations, (Zakir Hussein, Creatures, Samul Nori) and contributions to soundtracks (Lion King, JFK, Thin Red Line). This new album was partly recorded live in Japan with backing musicians Keisuke Ohta (Violin), Kaz Kumagai (tap dance) Steve Eto (percussion) and Leopro, Leonard's new taiko ensemble.



Duets

LEONARD ETO

Duets

Ref: FSD1774


Price: 25.99

World reknowned American born Japanese percussion player, is best known for appearing on various soundtracks (JFK, Lion King, Thin Red Line) and for collaborations with a variety of artists. On this album of duets, participating are Stephen Kent (didgeridoo) Aja Addy (conga, talking drum) and Zakir Hussain (tabla).



Ocean

LEONARD ETO

Ocean

Ref: FSD3100


Price: 23.99

The brilliant Leonard Eto was one of the prime movers of the world renowned taiko group Kodo, before going solo in 1992. As a solo taiko player he's probably best known as a collaborator with various musicians from around the world. On this album, Leonard Eto's taiko accompanies Kifu Mitsuhashi on shakuhachi, Natsuki Kido on guitar, Hiroshi Motofuji, taiko plus the Leopro/Taiko Ensemble of Hide, Miho Uesugi and Masaru Kondo. 11 tracks: 1. Planet 7 2. Transit Part 1 3. Anaconda 4. Transit Par 2 5. Kiyoki Mizutama no Shirabe 6. Ocean 7. Chappacity 8. Scenery 9. Waterdrops on the theme of "Kiyoki Mizutama no Shirabe" 10. Transit Par 3 11. Ocean Blue.



Bonten

BONTEN

Bonten

Ref: FSD2794


Price: 25.99

Bonten is a seven piece male and female taiko group who have been making waves in Japan and the US with their dynamic performances. Excellent new album that captures the energy of their live shows.



Daruma San Ga Koronda

HINOKI-YA, THE TRAVELLING BAND

Daruma San Ga Koronda

Ref: FSD5607


Price: 20.99

Hinokiya Travelling Band's album of songs for both children and adults. Vocals by Hiroshi Watanabe, guitarist and vocalist of the band. Other members are Naoto Soga (shinobue, harmonica), Megumi Shimada (taiko, vocal), Makiko Amemiya (percussion).

1. Mata Atono Matsuri 2. Zuttsuki Bushi 3. Darumasan ga Koronda 4. Atono Matsuri 5. Shupopo 6. Zeikin Ondo 7. Anata Hyaku made Watasha Kyu-ju-kyu made 8. Tokkan Koji 9. Buffalo 10. Ano Hi


Traveling Taiko in Europe

HINOKI-YA

Traveling Taiko in Europe

Ref: FSD2999


Price: 27.99

CD+ DVD of Japanese taiko group's performances in France and Greece in 2005. The DVD last 60 mins and the CD has 10 tracks. Hinokiya are from Hakodate in Hokkaido, and aside to the large taiko drums, play shinobue flute, guitar, bass and accordion. For long spells they sound more like an Irish group than Japanese. When the Japanese elements come to the fore is when they are at their best.



Dakara Konya

GEVIL

Dakara Konya

Ref: FSD3482


Price: 14.99

Gevil mix Japanese taiko drums with punk rock, backed by 'hayashi' festival chants and even elements of enka. The group have been causing a bit of a stir in Japan and the US. Led by the charismatic and powerful taiko drummer and vocalist (and well known tattoo artist) Waka, the group dress in 'happy coats' worn at Japanese festivals, the audience at their explosive gigs join in the moves, matsuri or Japanese festival style. This is their first major single, released November 2006, 4 tracks including a pretty incredible taiko meets hard rock version of Mission Impossible.



Matsuri Tengoku

GEVIL

Matsuri Tengoku

Ref: FSD3483


Price: 21.99

Released 2005, Matsuri Tengoku features seven tracks of taiko/punk mayhem. From Tokyo, Waka's (aka Hirozumi Jadoh) taiko drums and vocals are augmented by guitar, bass and drums. The group spent some time in New York where they played at S.O.B's and CBGB's among other live venues in the city. The tracks include a version of the Japanese minyo classic Soran Bushi, (titled Haikei Zipang Soran Bushi) and Gevil Samba.



Tenchi Musou

GEVIL

Tenchi Musou

Ref: FSD3484


Price: 22.99

Taiko meets punk rock in the hands of this explosive band from Tokyo. Their material is a mixture of original tunes and outrageous arrangements of traditional folk tunes. This album is of 10 tracks, including Kokoro Bushi, Love Lotion, Dream Catcher and Koko ni Saku Hana.



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