Paul Fisher is in Tokyo where he meets some of the country’s top folk musicians, including the Minyo singers Shigeri Kitsu and Takio Ito and the most famous exponent of the ubiquitous Taiko drum.
Paul Fisher presents the first of two programmes recorded on location in Japan.
This week he’s in Tokyo where he meets some of the country’s top folk musicians, including the Minyo singers Shigeri Kitsu and Takio Ito. Plus he records Cicala Muta’s take on Klezmer, meets the most famous exponent of the ubiquitous Taiko drum, and hires a Karaoke booth.
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Paul Fisher introduces the programme from hectic downtown Tokyo.
Paul in the Victor studios.
Paul in the Victor studios with Japanese roots musicians Shigeri Kitsu & Katsuaki Sawada.
Paul meets one of the best Chindon (Japanese original street music) groups in Japan.
Traditional Taiko drums.
Paul discovers traditional Taiko drums in a game centre and meets Eitetsu Hayashi.
Ondekoza drummers group.
We hear Ondekoza, the original Japanese ‘demon drummers’ group on Taiko drums.
A Shinto shrine.
Paul Fisher in a Shinto shrine right in the heart of Tokyo.
Paul with Takio Ito who modernises Minyo music.
Paul meets a member of Koto Vortex, an innovative modern Koto ensemble.
Musician Takashi Hirayasu.
Paul meets traditional Okinawa musician Takashi Hirayasu.
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