[What is Japanese Guitar? : It is a new guitar music which has a new method of Japanese music generated from "Hogaku 2.0 (NIPPON NOTE2.0)" The structure of a new Japanese music, Hogaku 2.0 (NIPPON NOTE2.0) involves traditional Japanese music such as "Gagaku," "Sou(Koto)," and "Shamisen" established during the Nara to the Edo era, and various structures of music in the world which has been affecting Japanese music since the Meiji era. How does this new guitar music, which has been influenced by local culture and history, including rhythm, melody, code, the way of singing, and current feeling, etc. (Ex. Bossa Nova Guitar or Blues Guitar), affect on future Japanese music history?]
[What is Hogaku 2.0 (NIPPON NOTE2.0) ? : "Hogaku 2.0 (NIPPON NOTE2.0)" is a method of a new Japanese music invented by Yukihiro Atsumi since 2010. This
involves traditional Japanese music, such as "Gagaku," "Sou (Koto)," and "Shamisen" from the Nara to the Edo era and various music all over the world since the Meiji era. The biggest feature is the existence of "Ma (the space)," and also a fusion of groove structure and melody of "Gagaku," which has been lasting 1200 years in the history and rhythm and harmony from Western culture. In addition, this Hogaku 2.0 (NIPPON NOTE2.0) method has a musical conversion of groove and harmony of nature, and the coexistence of musical piece and sound of nature, which are the origin of the concept of traditional Japanese music.]
Guitarist, Composer, Producer, Sonic architect, Sound designer: In 2012, he moved to Kyoto from Tokyo in search for his roots in Japan. In searching for a sound and inspiration that resembles the soul of the Japanese spirit, he moved into a 130 year-old Traditional dwelling called "Goemontei", and made it into his studio and atelier. "Full moon concert at Goemontei" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-y9WlHQY_c&feature=youtu.be&hd=1) Many of the sounds he recorded on the 2nd CTH album, "Selected Future is Love" was recorded in this space. In 2008, he started a project called thirdiq in which two albums was released. The 1st album called "monologue" was used in a documentary movie of a legendary surfer Gerry Lopez ("The Cleanist Line" you tube!!). Their 2nd album "who may find love in the imaginary axis" was used in a movie "Lush Life" which was a film based off a novel by Kotaro Isaka.Following its release in Japan, it was then released in France (by OPENZIC Distribution) and Indonesia (distributed by Demajor).It was also aired in England where DJ Benji B aired some their tracks from the album on his BBC Radio show, 1extra. He also performed at Asagiri JAM and GREENROOM. "World Is Wideopen"(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XvPbysz2vc) "beyond the fields live"(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCJBOdlzG3o) "yellow live"(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDhMA6Az3t0) In 2010, "CTH" (Conguero Tres Hoofers) was started. That is an acoustic project formed by Yukihiro Atsumi (thirdiq), SARO, and Hidero Nishioka. A unique team accompanied with the melody of an acoustic guitarist, the energy of a tap dancer, and the rhythm of a percussionist - A group that performs using simple instruments and physical movements. Before their 1st Album was released, they unexpectedly showed up on big stage at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2010, and the GREEN ROOM FESTIVAL 2010. In 2011, their 1st Album "Classics from THe parallel world" was released, in which they ranked first place in the iTunes Jazz Chart. At their second performance at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2011, they performed on 5 different stages, including a speacial stage called "Kids-Land", in which they rocked the crowd and captivated the hearts of the audience. They also made a guest appearance on "Jazzed Out", a TV program by Mezzo France. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmNCN_D5OxM) In 2013, their 2nd Album "Selected Future is Love" was released, in which they ranked first place in the iTunes Jazz Chart 2 years in the row. All the pieces on this album were recorded in a 130-year-old traditional house in Kyoto, Japan. The recordings was done in a one-shot recording style, in which no additional work was put into it except for mastering. During their stay in Kyoto, they also filmed their music videos at Kiyomizu Temple and Kibune shrine. "JAPANESE MUSIC" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCkeo6yj0Cg) "Untapped Capability"(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V97WrLNy8g0) In 2014, he created a sound installation using 6 speakers called "Sonic architecture:34 chapters of 'my favorite sound' 29minutes" at HAPPY SPOT NARA art festival. He performed in Europe(France, Germany, Holland, Monaco) as "CTH" over two months. They made the documentary of the tour in Europe. They performed in Taiwan. They was introduced as 'New Japanese Music' to audience in Taiwan. Other than his activities with "Conguero Tres Hoofers", he has produced and provided songs to various artists and worked with companies such as EDWIN and NHK. In 2005 and 2009, He performed on the Ananda Project's Japan Tour. In 2010, He played on their track "Heaven is Right Here feat. AK". In 2006, His remix of "Hey Ya(OUTCAST)" as JAMNUTS was aired on BBC Radio. One of his key focuses has been playing and interacting with children through music and performance. He has been visiting preschools, and other educational facilities, and showing how music can be used as a tool for communication. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR5qRTgIRc8) His work style goes beyond the musical context of melody, rhythm and harmony. Yukihiro Atsumi is not only a musician, but he sees himself as a sound architect that designs sound that brings harmony, love, and positivity to our world. All his live archives here: Please search "Layered Parallel TV" on the web.
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