Oki (オキ) was born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. He was raised in an environment that tried to "assimilate away" the cultural roots of its indigenous Ainu populace.
A collaboration of two Ainu artists, Oki (オキ) and Umeko Ando (安東ウメ子). Born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father, Oki was raised in an environment that tried to "assimilate away" the cultural roots of its indigenous Ainu populace. In 1992, and was presented with his first tonkori - the traditional, elongated five-stringed instrument of the Karafuto Ainu.
Seijin Noborikawa (NOBORIKAWA Seijin 登川誠仁) is a traditional Okinawan sanshin player. The sanshin is a three stringed shamisen with a snakeskin drum. Born in Hyogo Prefecture (Kansai) in Japan in 1930, he moved back to Okinawa as a child. At aged sixteen Noborikawa joined the Matsuda Gekidan Theatre Group as a singer and backing musician.
ヤン富田 (Yann Tomita) was born in Tokyo in 1952. Presidency of AUDIO SCIENCE LAB. He is the one of pioneer of the various music fields (Hip Hop, Dub, Acid Jazz, Monde, Exotic, Electronic music, etc.) in Japan.
Ikue Asazaki (朝崎郁恵) (born 11 November 1935) is a Japanese folk singer from Kagoshima. She was born in Kedomi, Amami Islands. She grew up on the Amami Islands (in Setouchi, Kagoshima) which are famous for spawning popular singers of the traditional Okinawan Folk or Ryukyuan Music. Her father influenced her early music strongly during her upbringing.
Tokyo Gakuso (東京楽所) was founded in 1978 in response for the need for a group of expert gagaku (雅楽) musicians able to deal not only with the traditional repertoire, but also with the challenges of contemporary pieces for the gagaku ensemble. Tokyo Gakuso was named by Toshiro Kido, at that time producer at the National Theatre in Tokyo.
Rinsho Kadekaru was born at Nakahara in Goeku Village in the centre of Okinawa on July 4th 1920. He began playing sanshin at the age of seven, and by the time he was 15 started to participate in his village’s all night revelries known as mo-ashibi. These were outdoor parties that took place in open spaces on the outskirts of farming villages.