New Vision Arts Festival 2006
Contact Us
Photo: Naoto Ohkawa
Flash Video
Send to Friend
Buy Ticket
You may also like

  28 - 29.10.2006 (Sat-Sun) 8pm $320 $220
  Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium $120  

  • Programme duraction is about 1 hour and 30 minutes

Sole Sponsor of Yoshida Brothers' Concert in Hong Kong



Yoshida Brothers (Japan)

It was music of pure sinew.
V The New York Times

the Brothers play the age-old Tsugaru-shamisen... with the fervor of Jimi Hendrix.
V World Music Central

  Where traditional shamisen music meets punk x rock x jazz...
A pair of cool dudes who set centuries-old tradition on fire...
Yoshida Brothers V a dynamic Tsugaru-shamisen duo that really rocks
Who would have thought one could play the shamisen the way the Yoshida Brothers do? Born in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida both started learning the traditional instrument at a young age under Tsugaru-shamisen master The First Takashi Sasaki and have won numerous awards in recent years for combining traditional and contemporary music into dynamic new works with a rock & roll edge.

The talented Yoshida Brothers coax vivid sounds from their classical instruments and have reinvented shamisen music for a new generation by incorporating elements of jazz, American folk, pop, Latin music, blues, and more, into their musical tapestry. Sporting dyed brown hair, the stylish brothers have been a huge hit among young trend-setters in Japan and internationally.

The pair have performed at the Kohaku Uta Gassen and their albums Soulful, Frontier, Renaissance, and Yoshida Brothers I-III have all been best-sellers in Japan and the US. A highly successful example of pop-classical crossover.

Originating in China, this three-string musical instrument was further developed in the Tsugaru district of Aomori Prefecture at the northern tip of Honshu. It evolved into one of the most important instruments for Japan's folk singers in the 18th century, and a solo instrument in the mid-19th century. Its bluesy tone and powerful sound, which is produced with the use of a large pick called a bachi, have been poetically described as the howling of one's soul, symbolising the vast strength Northerners have had to develop in order to survive the harsh climate of the region.