Takeharu Kunimoto Shamisen Paradise Kunimoto Style Shamisen Nyumon
DVD on how to play Kunimoto style shamisen includes rock, blues and ballads.
1. Hajimeni 2. Kannin Boogie 3. Keiroy Rock'n Roll 4. Eeja Naika 5. Usagi to Kame 6. Shikekomi no Blues 7. Asia no Inori 8. Kiwametsuke Chushingura 9. Humberger Kids 10. Hobo 11. Oira to Omae no Balad 12. Itsukushima Uta Emaki 13. Kourei no Kakegoe Kyoshitsu 14. Goumon Night 15. Talk - Kunimoto Style Kansei madeto Shamisen no Hanashi 16. Blueglass Medlay 17. Dream of a Geisha 18. Tabigarasu no Blues 19. Hobo
Kato Kiyomasa Den
Rokyokyu storyteller and singer Takeharu Kunimoto plays shamisen and tells the story of the samurai lord and warrior, Kiyomasa Kato.
1. Kato Kiyomasa Den - Yokoto Gorou 2. Kato Kiyomasa Den - Nijoujou Kaiken 3.Kato Kiyomasa Den - Yokoto Gorou <Actinic:Variable Name = 'karaoke'/> 4. Kato Kiyomasa Den - Nijoujou Kaiken <Actinic:Variable Name = 'karaoke'/>
TOYOKO SAWAMURA, TAKEHARU
Rokyoku Shamisen - Toyoko Sawamura no Sekai
DVD of how to play rokyoku shamisen, perfomed by Toyoko Sawamura with guidance by Takeharu Kunimoto.
1. Goaisatsu 2. Chogen 3. Hikidashi 4. Kikkake kara Kizami Bushi 5. Dochu-zuke 6. Kourei Bushi 7. Seme 'Genzo Akagaki Tokkuri no Wakare' 8. Ukare Bushi 9. Sosetsu from 'Eikoku Mikko' 10. Tanka no Jokei Byosha 11. Rokyoku Meijin Sawari Shu [Kansai version] 12. Utairi Kannon-kyo 13. Kazutoyo Yamanouchi no Tsuma 14. Kanto Bushi Hen 15.Taidan 16. Shimizu Jirocho Den 17. Kiriba 18. Tenpo Suikyo Den 19. Konya Takao [Special Feature]
Tapuri Best (3 CDs)
Takeharu Kunimoto is one of Japan's great entertainers. Both his parents were rokyoku storytellers, a tradition Kunimoto continues until today, although its his other set of inspirations and talents that set him apart. A fantastic shamisen player, he is also a big fan of bluegrass music, rock 'n' roll, blues and other types of music that he plays on the shamisen. This 3 CD best of album contains 28 tracks, 21 from 7 albums, - Asia no Inori, Kunimoto, Takeharu, Miracle Chushingura, Ganryu Jima Uta Emaki, Appalachian Shamisen and the US only released Sushi & Gravy - plus 3 new tracks and 4 tracks on CD 3 recorded live.
TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO WITH THE LAST FRONTIER
Dokaan! Takeharu Gekijo Tour 2007
One of our favourite albums of 2007 was Appalachian Shamisen by shamisen player Takeharu Kunimoto and his group of American bluegrass musicians, The Last Frontier. In July 2007 they performed live in Yokohama and now the DVD of that concert is released. Part 1 features Takeharu performing solo in his usual shamisen and rokyoku storytelling role. Part 2 features Takeharu with the Last Frontier playing banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. 21 tracks.
TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO & THE LAST FRONTIER
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
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
Takeharu Kunimoto Koten Rokyoku Kessaku-Sen Vol. 4
Part 4 of Kunimoto's Chushingura, Rokyoku series. 1.Genzo Akagaki Tokuri no Wakare-Chushingura, Gishi Meimeiden 2.Kei Hara no Yujo
Three tracks of Chushingura done in Kunimoto's unique rokyoku rock 'n' roll style plus two karaoke, including one with commentary by Kunimoto.
Asia no Inori
Original master pieces plus one story telling rokyoku. 9 tracks including Asia no Inori, Hamburger Kid's, Keirou Rock'n Roll, Shinning Tomorrow, Saiaku no Ashita ni, Arkansas Traveller, Matsuyama-kyo (story telling), Go-Go
Excellent album of shamisen plus mandolin and guitar playing rokyoku with blueglass and blues. 13 tracks including Waraou, Hobo, Shikekomi no Blues, Yorokobu, Goumon Night, Sally Goodin and Odore Odore.
Takeharu Kunimoto is known for his excellent shamisen playing, strong singing, mixing of musical styles and sense of humour that shines throughout his songs. This CD features various rokyoku style songs including the most popular songs at his live shows. 14 tracks including Hitounari, Daibutsu, Oira to Omae no Ballard, Mabuta no Haha, Fight Ippatsu, Sugaru Shamisen, Eeja-naika and Kannin Boogie
Live CD from 2002 in Tokyo of Kunimoto in excellent form together with three other artists. The full story of the famous Chushingura from part 1 to 10.
Ganryu-Jima Uta Emaki
The story telling of 'Ganryu-jima' in shamisen rock 'n' roll style. 4 tracks Ganryu-jima Uta Emaki and Kaikyo Ondo plus their karaoke versions.