Author: Nagata Shachu

Suwa Onbashira Kiyari Daiko

Composer:Daihachi OguchiArrangement:Daihachi OguchiPremiere Performance:This piece was first performed in the early years of the group, although the exact date of the premiere performance has been forgotten. Kiyoshi Nagata learned the song from Daihachi Oguchi and Tomomatsu Misawa, when he was a member of Toronto Suwa Daiko....

Soran Bushi

Composer:Unknown - TraditionalArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:April 18, 2007 - Arts Centre, Lake Superior State University, MI Soran Bushi originates from Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. It is a fisherman’s song evoking the process of catching herring – setting the boat out to sea, casting and retrieving the nets,...

Sanaburi (Arauma)

Composer:Unknown - TraditionalArrangement:Toki Tatara (flute) and Aki Takahashi (taiko) - Choreographed by Keiko KitanoPremiere Performance:December 1, 2007 - Ryerson Theatre Because Japan was for many years largely an agrarian society, many of its festivals are intimately tied to the production and harvesting of rice. SANABURI is...

Ogi Matsuri Daiko

Date Composed:c. 1988Composer:Yoshikazu FujimotoArrangement:Kiyoshi NagataPremiere Performance:December 6, 1997 - Toronto Buddhist Church, CD Release ConcertRecording Title:Stone Path CD Ogi is a small port town located on the southern tip of Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture. The local villagers play this piece throughout Ogi Village every August...

Miyake

Composer:Unknown - Traditional, adapted for the stage by KodoArrangement:Kiyoshi NagataPremiere Performance:This piece was first performed in the early years of the group, although the exact date of the premiere performance has been forgotten.Recording Title:10th Anniversary Concert DVD This drumming style, where the players swing back and...

Furusato no Uta

Composer:Hiroyuki KoinumaArrangement:Hiroyuki KoinumaPremiere Performance:January 25, 2003 McMaster University Convocation Hall This pensive shinobue duet was composed by the renowned shinobue and nohkan player Hiroyuki Koinuma. ...

Enya Totto

Composer:Unknown - TraditionalArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 4, 2004 - North Bay Capitol CentreRecording Title:10th Anniversary Concert DVD This is a traditional fishermen’s song in which the main chorus ‘Enya Totto’ is chanted to coordinate the efforts of rowing the oars. ...

Autorickshaw Ride

Composer:Ganesh AnandanArrangement:Ganesh AnandanPremiere Performance:May 7, 2004 - MAI Montreal arts interculturels for Montreal Asian Heritage Month Festival A collaborative piece with GaPa (Ganesh Anandan and Patrick Graham) and Nagata Shachu ...

Gezan Bayashi

Composer:Unknown - TraditionalArrangement:Kiyoshi NagataPremiere Performance:December 1, 1997 - Toronto Buddhist Church, CD release concertRecording Title:Stone Path CD At the time of the autumn equinox, the people of Aomori visit Iwaki Shrine at the foot of sacred Mt. Iwaki to worship. On the last day, they undertake...

Futten

Composer:Yoshikazu FujimotoArrangement:Kiyoshi NagataPremiere Performance:December 6, 1997 - Toronto Buddhist Church CD Release ConcertRecording Title:Stone Path CD Composed by Kodo’s Yoshikazu Fujimoto, this piece is based on the traditional, improvised way of drumming found in the Mikuni area, Fukui Prefecture. Futten literally means ‘boiling point’. An adaptation of...