Wagakki Band (和楽器バンド)

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Wagakki Band

Wagakki Band (和楽器バンド) is a Japanese shake/customary instruments band under avex trax. The band comprises of seven artists and a vocalist who intertwine conventional Japanese instruments with contemporary shake.

The Wagakki Band, which comprises of seven artists and the vocalist Yuko Suzuhana, deftly combines conventional Japanese instruments with contemporary shake. In spite of the fact that the stage may get somewhat swarmed with a drummer, a guitarist, a bassist, a tsugaru-shamisen (Japanese lute) player, a koto (Japanese harp) player, a shakuhachi (Japanese woodwind) player, a taiko drummer, and a fan-swinging artist, they figure out how to put on a shockingly powerful and durable execution.


1.Suzuhana Yuko
Suzuhana Yuko (鈴華ゆう子) is the vocalist of Wagakki Band (和楽器バンド), pianist for Hanafugetsu (華風月), and teaches shigin. She was also a part of the classical pops unit Asty, Yukaru, and released music under the name “Yukorin”.

2. Asa
Asa (亜沙) is the bassist for the Wagakki Band
Asa is gaining ever-greater popularity on Niconico Douga as a user of Vocaloid. The video he posted in July 2012 of “Yoshiwara Lament,” a Vocaloid song, has been viewed more than 800,000 times. This song has also been performed by different artists on Niconico Douga. Moreover, it has been turned into a novel (published by AlphaPolis) that has drawn great praise. As a member of EXIT TUNES, Asa also participates in its EXIT TUNES ACADEMY festival. He took part in a nationwide tour this summer that stopped at five Zepp venues throughout Japan.

3. Ninagawa Beni
Ninagawa Beni (蜷川べに) is the tsugaru jamisen player in the Wagakki Band.
Beni was born in Kyoto. She began studying the Tsugaru Jamisen and minyo (Japanese folk singing) at the age of four. After working as a model and actress, Beni currently participates in many performances as a Tsugaru Jamisen musician. She is renowned for the videos she has uploaded of her performances of anime and Vocaloid songs under the “Played It” category.

4. Kaminaga Daisuke
Kaminaga Daisuke (神永大輔) is the shakuhachi player in the Wagakki Band.
Daisuke was born in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. He began to play the Shakuhachi at the age of 18, then he was awarded a master license of Tozan-style Shakuhachi and got a master name called “YoZan.” Daisuke appeared on the stage in more than 10 countries and of numerous large-scale events including the world biggest music convention, SXSW (Texas, USA) and Japanese cultural event, Japan Expo (Paris, France). Since Daisuke loves video game music, he conveys its charm through “Playing Works” series, the collaboration project with the well-known composers. Daisuke has his own school in Tokyo, and teaches in several colleges and universities. He also enjoys the activities for young people through the performance in local schools in Iwaki, Fukushima.

5. Ibukuro Kiyoshi
Ibukuro Kiyoshi (いぶくろ聖志) is the koto player in the Wagakki Band. Kiyoshi was born in Tokyo. During high school he began performing in China when he was dispatched there by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. He has performed in a total of eight countries outside of Japan, including Vietnam, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, and South Korea. In Japan, Kiyoshi’s performances have been covered in a wide range of media, and he has also published a collection of arrangements from ZEN-ON Music Company. Kiyoshi explores the possibilities of the koto as a Japanese instrument in addition to traditional Japanese music.

6. Kurona
Kurona (黒流) is the wadaiko player in the Wagakki Band as well as the vocalist and wadaiko player in the visual-kei band Crow×Class ~Kuro Karasugumi~.
Kurona encountered the wadaiko at age three, and joined a professional wadaiko group in Tokyo at age nine, where he studied traditional performing arts. Afterwards, he became an independent musician. In addition to performances in more than 15 countries, Kurona is active in a wide range of fields inside and outside Japan including magazines, TV, and stage performance. Kurona uses the wadaiko, a traditional instrument, to create new types of music. He also collaborates frequently with other musicians and artists. Kurona has served as a judge for the Central Competition in the Tokyo High School Culture Festival’s Folk Entertainment Division sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. In addition, Kurona takes part in performances and recording with a variety of artists, including wadaiko choreography guidance for the Blazing Rhythms, Countdown, and The Legend of Mythica events at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

7. Machiya
Machiya (町屋) is the guitarist for the Wagakki Band and guitarist and vocalist of m:a.ture and PARAPLU.
Guitarist Machiya enjoys overwhelming popularity in Niconico Douga’s renowned “Played It” category. The masterful video of his performance of “Night of Nights,” a famous song from video game Toho Project, has been viewed more than 1.3 million times. Machiya is also the guitarist and vocalist of m:a.ture, a tremendously popular band in the Indie music scene. In addition, Machiya participates in performances and tours with a diverse range of artists, such as serving as the guitarist for the nationwide tour by Tsutomu Ishizuki (formerly of FANATIC◇CRISIS).

8. Wasabi
Wasabi (山葵) is the drummer for the Wagakki Band
Wasabi was born in China. His father is Chinese, and his mother is half Chinese and half Japanese. This drummer is hugely popular on Niconico Douga’s renowned “Played It” category. Wasabi is the youngest member of Wagakki Band, but he is a sophisticated musician. In particular, his fast-paced double bass drum in collaboration with Kurona’s wadaiko is one of the most recognizable parts of this band.


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