The Embassy of Japan in collaboration with Japan Foundation is going to organise a two day "Japanese Music Concert' on December 11 and 12 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum respectively at 6.30pm.
Hiroaki Sasaki and Kuniko Obina are coming to Bangladesh to enchant Bangladeshi music lovers with their magical fusion music of two different stringed instruments namely acoustic guitar and traditional Koto (Japanese sitar).
The duos' tireless effort to banish the stereotype of traditional instruments and create new instinctive sounds gives the audience a heart touching inspiration.
Kuniko is one of the most sought after koto players at the present time. She holds the title of Grand Master of Miyagi Kai named after Michiyo Miyagi (1884-1956), the most respected koto performer and composer of modern koto music. Taught by her mother, Kuniko started playing koto when she was three. Then, from the age of ten, Kuniko also learnt Jiuta Sangen (singing with three-string). Kuniko has studied with many renowned teachers, including the late Kiyoko Miyagi, who was a Living National Treasure of Japan, and she has completed a masters degree in Japanese traditional music at Tokyo University of the Arts. She frequently performs abroad in venues ranging from intimate clubs to large concert halls and she is in demand for official engagements.
Sasaki's music career started when he was a boy opera singer in the famous Japanese opera Yuzuru composed by Dan Ikuma. Sasaki went on to study film at Nihon University College of the Arts. In 1998, his rare talent was discovered by Peter Finger, the legendary German acoustic guitarist, who invited Aki to perform and record in Europe.
Aki is particularly known for his creation of new works and his collaboration with different genres of musicians in Japan and abroad. In 2009, his original piece "How I feel Now" was ranked No1 in the US music portal MP3.com Jazz section. As well as his busy concert schedule with Kuniko, he performs in the duo "YUGEN" with Hideki Ishima, a Sitarla, sitar, and guitar player, and ex-member of the Flower Travellin' Band.
Both shows will be open for all and no prior registration is needed.