The Shakuhachi’s introduction through its development, it’s present and its future, were represented in this one event entitled “Penetrate Time and Space.” Part 1 featured “Somakusha” performed on an ancient form of Shakuhachi, a restored version of “Shote, Yasuda,Shukin” on the Hitoyogiri Shakuhachi, “Sangemon, Shokomon,” a Honkyoku from the old Kyoto Myoanji repertoire, and“San-an,”a Honkyoku from Katsuya Yokoyama’s repertoire. Part 2 saw a performance of “Ko” by Akira Nishimura, with the premiere of Misato Mochizuki’s commissioned Shakuhachi/Shamisen duet“GHÏN NO OTO” as the final song featuring guest performer Hidejiro Honjoh on Shamisen.
Obama trained under Toshimitsu Ishikawa in Kinko school Shakuhachi and the Koten-Honkyoku. He graduated from the NHK training program for young performers of traditional Japanese instruments (NHK hogaku Gino-sha Ikusei-kai), before winning the second annual Shakuhachi Newcomer Competition Asian Cultural Council (ACC) in 2000. He has appeared in performances put on by the National Theatre among others. Obama had a period of study in New York as a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). He has been invited to many international music festivals including the World Shakuhachi Festival and La Folle Journée and has performed in over 36 countries. He has released 10 CDs including “LOTUS POSITION with Yosuke Yamashita” and the three-CD Koten-Honkyoku collection “The Light in the Silence.” Obama is a part-time lecturer at Gakushuin University and a member of Japan Shakuhachi Professional-players Network (JSPN).
MUSICASA, Shibuya City, Tokyo