(HN) JF Garage Concert 18: The Harmony of Tradition with KIJU & KIMIHIRO KITAMURA

On 13 January 2019, from 15:00, The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural exchange in Vietnam will hold a concert featuring Japanese traditional instruments – Shakuhachi and Shamisen – named “The Harmony of Tradition – Shakuhachi & Shamisen Concert”.

Shakuhachi is a type of flute made of bamboo, provides a variety of sound.

Shamisen is a three-strings instrument. There are many types of Shamisen but in this concert, the artist will use Tsugaru Shamisen which can play even the strongest sounds.

This time, the two performers Kimihiro Kitamura (Shakuhachi) and KIJU (Tsugaru Shamisen) will be in Vietnam to take charge of the sound in the Vietnam – Japan collaboration theater work “Ikiru” by Theatre Centre Without Walls and Vietnam National Drama Theatre. The two have had many experiences performing abroad. We strongly hope that you will enjoy this fusion of traditional and modern in our JF Garage Concert 18.

Free ticket distribution [2 tickets maximum per person]
Date: from 12:00, 08 January 2019 (Tuesday)
Venue: The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
(27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi)
[Opening hours] 09:30 – 18:00 (Sunday closed)
Concert Information
Date & Time: Sunday, 13 January 2019
15:00 – 16:00
Venue: Open stage in courtyard (Capacity: around 200 guests)
The Japan Foundation, 27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

JF Garage Concert presented by The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam is a series of outdoor classical music concerts which aims to provide musical diversity to Hanoi through the introduction of music worldwide played by distinguished Vietnamese and Japanese musicians.


For inquiries on the concert and interview with the musicians, please contact at:

Ms. Huong (Ext. 106) / Mr. Kawai (Ext. 109)

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 024-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn





KIJU (Tsugaru Shamisen)KIJUさん宣材写真

Ever since he was in 5th grade, he has had a passion for Shamisen and studied it from Kitamura Masataka. He used “Kitamura Kiju” as his alias. Winning the second prize at the Tsugaru Shamisen All-Japan Kanagi Contest, he has performed in NHK Folk Song Program, the welcoming event of the award Praemium Imperiale. From the event celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties with Indonesia, he is performing mostly in countries outside of Japan such as Thailand, Taiwan, France etc. For now, as a performer, apart from performing traditional songs, he is also creating and performing his original pieces inspired by many genres. He is well-known for his new style of Shamisen performances using electronic equipment. He is also working as a master, having his own studio, involving in creating and maintaining original products of famous Shamisen artists.


2012〜2018 Established Tsugaru Shamisen Class “Kiju Association”, nurturing the next generation
2017 Officially debuted as part of “Sakiyama Tsubasa with Sakura men” by Avex
2018/5/14 Receiving no more influences from Kitamura, he gave up his alias “Kitamura Kiju”
Started his unique career as KIJU.



KIMIHIRO KITAMURA (Shakuhachi)尺八北村さん

He finished his Bachelor Degree from the Department of Traditional Japanese music, Faculty of Music and his Master Degree from the Department of Music Research, Tokyo University of the Arts. He is a Shakuhachi performer who is well-known worldwide for his wide repertoire of songs, ranging from traditional music to contemporary music. Also, he is a key member in a Bamboo Orchestra composed of creative bamboo musical instruments. Making “Music is a way of life” as a motto, he appreciates every encounter he got through music.



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