Friday, June 5, 2009
Sankyoku - Ensemble Yonin no Kaï
This ensemble of four musicians playing traditional music was created in 1957, when each of its four members was awarded a gold medal in Moscow at the international Competition of Traditional Instruments (three of them won awards for pieces of traditional repertoire up to the 19th century, and all four of them for contemporary pieces). Recently, two of its members have changed. Since then, The Yonin no Kai Ensemble have given many concerts, both in Japan and abroad. As evident from their discography, these artists have made an exceptional contribution to Japanese music, ancient as well as contemporary: they have recorded, so far, as much as fifteen albums with traditional music, and some ten albums with contemporary compositions.