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Tsugaru Shamisen Dois "HAZUKI"


Misao Habu and Ko Takahashi formed their duo after meeting at the Aomori Japanese Folk Song Festival in 2011. Both are award-winning shamisen players, recognized in the All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Contest: Misao Habu received three crowns in 2012 and 2013, while Ko Takahashi achieved victory in 2001. Together, they developed trust in each other’s proficiency and skills, and created Tsugaru Shamisen Dois “HAZUKI”.

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Video 3/30/2016: Tsugaru Shamisen Dois "HAZUKI"

Join the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Millennium Stage for the return of Ko Takahashi and Misao Habu as Tsugaru Shamisen Dois “HAZUKI”. Each playing shamisen – a traditional Japanese instrument – the duo has created a new fusion of percussive-style shamisen music united with synthesizer (Kayo Tsuchiya), cello (Mariko Takahashi), drums (Takeshi Endo), and sound engineering (Hitoshi Omori). Cherishing old traditions while creating new music, this duo combines traditional Japanese folk songs with fresh new sounds for a truly original performance.

Tsugari Shamisen Dois