Ja­panese mu­sic war­riors

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THE Ry­oma Quar­tet (pic) likens it­self to “mod­ern-day mu­sic sa­mu­rai” (war­riors) who will “show the world the spirit of Ja­panese through mu­sic.”

The group – Ry­oma on vi­olin, Masakatsu on tsug­aru shamisen, Sui on shi­nobue and Zin on tsuzumi – brings the sounds of tra­di­tional in­stru­ments in new ways.

The group’s brand of mu­sic goes be­yond gen­res. It of­fers a new “ori­en­tal sound” by mix­ing pop, elec­tronic dance mu­sic and other mod­ern gen­res into a clas­si­cal mu­sic set­ting.

The Ry­oma Quar­tet will be among the Ja­panese artistes com­ing to Malaysia to per­form at Ja­pan Expo Malaysia 2017 (July 28-30) at Pav­il­ion and Fahren­heit 88 in Kuala Lumpur.

Ry­oma Quar­tet’s slot is sched­uled on July 29 and 30 at Pav­il­ion.

The group has a huge fol­low­ing across the globe and each mem­ber is a lead­ing mu­si­cian in Ja­pan.

Ry­oma has recorded mu­sic for over 300 movies, TV shows and com­mer­cials.

Masakatsu has re­ceived awards in sev­eral tsug­aru shamisen com­pe­ti­tions and has per­formed for TV pro­grammes pro­duced by NHK, com­mer­cial sound­tracks and pro­vided mu­sic for stage plays.

Sui comes from a fam­ily of kabuki ac­tors and flute play­ers.

He has per­formed in var­i­ous over­seas per­for­mances and par­tic­i­pated in jazz ses­sions, films and mu­sic for com­mer­cials.

Zin is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion tra­di­tional mu­si­cian. He is mainly ac­tive as a kabuki and Ja­panese dance per­former un­der the stage name Ro Tosha.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Ry­oma Quar­tet’s up­com­ing shows in KL, go to www.japan­ex­po­ma­laysia.com – Ma­jorie Chiew

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