“Music has a nationality beyond borders.”
AUNJ Classic orchestra was formed in 2008 by eight top performers of Japanese traditional musical instruments in order to pursue a unique experience combining Wadaiko, Shamisen, Koto, Shakuhachi, Shinobue and Narimono, which are normally never played together. AUNJ Classic Orchestra’s technique and performance level, in which tradition and innovation are fused, are highly acclaimed around the world. The group has played at numerous World Heritage sites, including the first-ever live concert inside Mont-Saint-Michel. In the United States, AUNJ played the Star-Spangled Banner at Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox and performing at the opening stage of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. In Japan, they have played Kimigayo at Tokyo Dome Stadium in 2015 and have also performed at some of Japan’s most prestigious venues such as Isejingu and Yakushiji.
The troupe’s many media appearances include BS-Nittele’s two-hour special series which has been broadcast seven years in a row, Nihongo-de Asobo on NHK Educational TV and TV Asahi’s Daimei-no Nai Ongakukai. In the hope of communicating traditions to children, the group has visited over two hundred primary schools in Japan where the members planted cherry trees in addition to giving performances.
AUNJ’s pursuit of the dream of connecting the world through music continues through the promotion of the universality and diversity of Japanese culture.
Ryohei INOUE (Wadaiko and Tsugaru Shamisen), Hideki ONOUE (Chuzao Shamisen), Shin ICHIKAWA (Koto), Seizan ISHIGAKI(Shakuhachi), Michiko YAMADA (Shinobue), Azumi YAMANO (Koto), Hide (Narimono) and Kohei INOUE (Wadaiko, Tsugaru Shamisen and Shinobue).
ONE ASIA Joint Concert Executive Committee