By giving the traditional Japanese flute (fue) center stage in his planning, composition and performance activities, fue player Fukuhara illuminates not only the attraction of the fue but also the diversity of its timbre and musicality. Moreover, through collaborative pieces with musicians from other genres, Fukuhara explores the future possibilities for fue music, and the possibilities for new traditional Japanese music as well as other musical forms.
1. Kigi no Mitsu (Composer: 4th Sanzaemon Takara)
2. Michi (Author of the text: Taizo Horai, Composer: Toru Fukuhara) [Premiere]
3. Dona nobis pacem (Composer: Toru Fukuhara) [2019 version Premiere]
4. Shishi (PD)
5. Sen nen no Sakura (Composer: Toru Fukuhara / piano part composed by Toshio Nakagawa) [2019 version Premiere]
Fue: Toru Fukuhara, Tetsuhiko Fukuhara, Tetsuaki Fukuhara, and others
Utai: Osamu Kobayakawa
Taiko: Hyakunosuke Fukuhara
Chorus: NHK Tokyo Children Chorus
Shakuhachi: Keisuke Zenyoji
Futozao Shamisen: Tsugajyu Turuzawa
Piano: Toshio Nakagawa
Fukuhara began his training with the 4th Sanzaemon Takara and graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts. He subsequently began to compose pieces, primarily for fue, while continuing his involvement in classical performance, including as fue player in traditional Japanese orchestras for recitals of nagauta and koto music, as well as performances of Nihon buyo dance and kabuki, broadcasts, and overseas performances.
He received the National Arts Festival Grand Prize from the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the first Toru Fukuhara Recital in 2001 and has held ten recitals in the series to date. Starting in 2002, he has also performed a series of six bimonthly concerts of new works.
Fukuhara has held successive posts as a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts, Seisen University, and Ritsumeikan University, among others, and is currently a lecturer at NHK Culture Center.
“Toru no fue” Executive Committee
Kioi Hall, Chiyoda City, Tokyo