Posts Tagged ‘natori’

Yobu article in Cultural News

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The October issue of Cultural News has come out and has an advertisement for our upcoming concert and an article about my shamisen stuff.  I can’t remember when that picture was taken… :)

Natori: What’s in a name?

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Kris w/ Iemoto Katsaburo and teacher, Katsuyukie Sensei

Kris w/ Iemoto Katsusaburo and teacher, Katsuyukie Sensei

Maz and I have finished the bulk of our lessons here in Japan. Negotiating the etiquette of the Japanese traditional music world and living up to my teacher’s high expectations is always a bit nerve wracking. But this time in Japan has been particularly useful and a major step for me as a player.

This has to be the most work I’ve ever done for a single piece of music. But it’s looking like we’ll be ready for Yobu on November 8!

First a word on Maz…

Lost in Translation

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Anyone ever see that movie?  Pretty fun movie if you’ve ever lived in Tokyo.  I’m not really that lost in translation, but it’s always a challenge being in Japan.

I got here on Sunday and now it’s Wednesday evening in Japan.  We’re leaving tomorrow already!  Crazy…

I miss Japan!  Wish I could be here longer, but it’s soooo expensive!  The food is damn good here as well… hard to go back to the Japanese food in LA…

I’m going to leave most of the posting for Kris to do since I’m basically here for him.  I came here to take a lesson from Kikuyu-sensei who has her natori in the taiko realm of nagauta.  I learned the piece  “Taiko No Kyoku” that we’re going to perform for On Ensemble ’08 : Yobu, but I don’t know the form very well, so I needed some guidance.  As you all know, Kris is getting his natori (stage name) for shamisen (Japanese banjo-type instrument), and is here to continue his studies.  We’re going to bring his sensei over for our concert and present this piece and his natori.  Please come support his cause.  This is a huge deal.

I watched Kris’ lesson with the iemoto (head teacher of his school).  A great man.  Here’s a pic of us after Kris’ lesson.

Check back for Kris’ update!

I caught up with some good friends on this trip too!  Thanks for coming out and seeing us/me!

On Ensemble International

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

While I’m here gigging with Hiroshima, Maz is in Mexico performing with Taikoproject and Kris is in Japan preparing for his natori debut at ON Ensemble ’08: YOBU. After Mexico Maz will join Kris in Japan for more preparation. We’re really proud of Kris as he accomplishes something only a few people outside of Japan have done. Receiving a professional stage name (natori) from a traditional school is no small matter and very rare in nagauta for someone outside of Japan. Here in Los Angeles there are several high quality Nihon Buyo (Japanese dance) schools, like the Azuma-ryu led by Madame Sumako Azuma, that have strong ties to their parent school in Japan and regularly see dancers receive their natori but there aren’t strong nagauta schools where someone can get high quality training in Los Angeles.

If you want a natori in nagauta you really have to go to Japan and make contacts there. That’s what Kenny Endo did, he spent ten years in Japan studying nagauta and receiving his natori and became the first non-Japanese national to receive his natori in nagauta percussion. Kris is going to receive his natori in nagauta shamisen and we don’t know if he’s the first but he will definitely be one of a very very few non-Japanese nationals to have done so.

Tickets now available for ON Ensemble ’08: YOBU

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Tickets for ON ’08: YOBU, our fifth annual home concert are now on sale! This year’s concert will be held at the Aratani/Japan America Theater in downtown Los Angeles, on Saturday November 8th.

YOBU is extra special for us because Kris will be receiving his natori for nagauta shamisen! Kris’ sensei Kineya Katsuyukie will be flying from Japan to perform with Kris in his natori debut. Getting a natori (professional stage name) from a nagauta school is a big deal. There are only few artists in the United States with a natori in nagauta and the only taiko player in the United States with a natori is the legendary taiko pioneer Kenny Endo. We’re very proud of Kris as he makes a bit of taiko history and hope you’ll be there to celebrate with us!

ON ’08 : YOBU
Saturday, November 8th, 8pm
Aratani/Japan America Theater
244 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles CA 90012

Box Office: (213) 680-3700
$30 Orchestra/$25 Balcony
$25/$20 for JACCC Members, Seniors, Students, and Groups of 10+


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