Tsugaru Shamisen and Taiko Drums

Artistic Director: Shou Tanaka

Artistic Director of Waraku-kai SHOU

Born 1953 in Aomori Prefecture, now resides in Yokohama (Tsuzuki Ward).
Trained with the Kida school of Tsugaru shamisen from 1978. Recognized as a master of the Kida lineage in 1985, and now uses the professional name Rinkosho Kida.
Gives individual Tsugaru shamisen lessons in Kawasaki, Hongodai and Kamakura. Founded the shamisen and taiko players association Waraku-kai SHOU in 1996.
Guides Waraku-kai SHOU member groups and teaches taiko drumming at municipal culture centers.
Supervises taiko instruction and holds classes at Deutsche Schule Tokyo Yokohama. Holds taiko drumming classes regularly.
Holds master classes for taiko and shamisen players and demonstrates traditional performance techniques throughout Japan.
Creates original works for taiko ensembles.

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