AGA-SHIO in Concert
Friday August 23, 2019 @7:30 PM
Kobayashi Hall, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto
Tickets: $25.00 / JCCC members: $22.00– HST included. General Seating. Tickets are non-refundable.Click here to purchase tickets online or call JCCC here: 416.441.2345
The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents AGA-SHIO, a Piano and Tsugaru Shamisen duo that blend the passionate energy of Japanese folk music together with contemporary music, creating an entirely new form of Japanese music.
The unit “AGA-SHIO” was formed by Hiromitsu Agatsuma and Satoru Shionoya aiming at fusing eastern and western instruments; Tsugaru Shamisen -a Japanese traditional 3 strings’ lute- and piano.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Hiromitsu Agatsuma - Shamisen Player
Hiromitsu Agatsuma began playing the Tsugaru-shamisen at age six. He won in numerous competitions, becoming a renowned performer in the traditional Japanese music scene since his youth. His reputation grew as he incorporated genres such as jazz and rock into his music, and made his major debut in 2001.
More on Hiromitsu Agatsuma here
Satoru Shionoya - Pianist/Composer/Producer
Satoru Shionoya studied music composition at Tokyo University of the Arts. While he was still a student he started his 10 year career as the pianist of the Japanese salsa band Orquesta De La Luz (1986-1996). The group won the United Nations Peace Medal in 1993 and was a U.S. Grammy Award nominee in 1995. During this time, he performed with Tito Puente, Dave Valentin and Santana.
More on Satoru Shionoya here
AGA-SHIO Videos below >
AGA-SHIO performing Jon-Kara Kan here >
AGA-SHIO performing Rhapsody Kan here >
AGA-SHIO performing Shuffincity here >
The two musicians met in 2004. The music and sound expressed in their first album “AGA-SHIO” (Avex, 2009) are a completely new style of Japan-originated contemporary music which entails strong energy that Japanese folk music produces as well as the consistency performed by piano.
AGA-SHIO has toured not only in Japan but also in Europe and Africa in 2010 (Germany, Czech, Egypt, France, Spain, Congo, South Africa) and in Europe in 2014 (Czech, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary).
Generously Supported By: YAMAHA CANADA
Media Sponsors: TORJA & JAPAN in CANADA.COM
MORE DETAILS HERE HERE > https://jftor.org/aga-shio/
August 23 @ 7:30pm
where:Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5 map