Japanese music warriors
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