Fumiyoshi’s Profile

Fumiyoshi is a shamisen player based in his hometown Niigata, and performs inside and outside of the country. He is good at “Hiki-shamisen” rendition which values resonance of sound. He not only plays standard number of Tsugaru shamisen, but also tries to create new musical pieces of shamisen with Mr. Seikou Nagaoka who is a composer/arranger. Although a classical music is used as an important base, he is working in recent years aiming at the music of new Nippon beyond the frame of traditional performing arts.
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Fumiyoshi’s Biography

Nov, 2012 Kamakura The great Buddha and Kotoku-in The Tsugaru shamisen recital
Jul, 2012 120th anniversary event of the New Caledonia Japanese settlement The Conservatory of Music and Dance in Noumea for 2days
Dec, 2011 Louvre Museum LED Lighting Ceremony in Paris, France Napoleon court reception party Commemorative performance
Oct, 2010 The APEC Niigata reception party Opening performance
Nov, 2009 Nantes, France Opera house concert
Mar, 2008 Concert in Los Angeles, USA
Feb, 2007 Barcelona, Spain Casa Asia Exchange performance
Dec, 2006 Tokyo Ikegami Honmonji temple 1 million people’s candle night Main stage performance
Nov, 2005 U.S. Hawaii public performance Waikiki shell (1500-person mobilization)
Mar, 2004 U.S. Hawaii public performance Maui Arts&Cultural Center
May, 2002 Paris, France Public performance Embassy of Japan in France official residence, French cultural center

Fumiyoshi’s Discography

2001 1st album “shinpu”This album was released in the name of the Chikushu Takahashi.
2003 2nd album “ROOTS TABIBITO” This album was a new start with his real-name Fumiyoshi Kobayashi.
2006 3rd album “Ballade”This album was an achievement of collaboration with a string quartet.
2010 4th album “Kazeno Kotozute”This album was left as a sound source of the precious Tsugaru folk song recorded live with the first Sudo Kumoei who went around the country on tour with the legend Chikuzan Takahashi.
2012 5th album “-Zoku- Kazeno Kotozute”With the large popularity of 4th album, this album was recorded live in port-of-call ogi-cho in Sado island of the Kitamaebune which was cargo ships that sailed the Japan Sea during the Edo period.He also announced original tunes as the artist name Fumiyoshi.
2013 6th alubum “Uchu to daichi no uta”This album was released from an independence label“penetrate”with a producer Seiko Nagaoka. All songs are original pieces.