(Yoshida Ryōichirō?, born 26 July 1977)
(Yoshida Ken'ichi?, born 16 December 1979)
were born in Noboribetsu in Hokkaido, Japan.
They have played the shamisen from a very young age.
They began to study the shamisen from 5 years of age
under Koka Adachi, learning the Minyō-shamisen style;
from about 1989 they studied the Tsugaru-jamisen style
under Takashi Sasaki.
The Shamisen is sort of a banjo type instrument that is common in traditional Asian music
(particularly in Japan)
The shamisen or samisen
(literally "three strings"),
also called sangen (literally "three strings"),
is a three-stringed, Japanese musical instrument played with a plectrum called a bachi.
|The brothers are performers of the traditional
Japanese music style of Tsugaru-jamisen
which originated in northern Japan.
They debuted in 1999 in Japan as a duo
playing the shamisen.
Their first album sold over 100,000 copies and
made them minor celebrities in Japan, a fact that
surprised the Yoshida Brothers themselves.
an avid international audience.
Their music has been a fusion of the rapid
and percussive Tsugaru-jamisen style along with Western and other regional musical influences.
In addition to performing songs on the shamisen, they also use instruments
such as drums and synthesizers.
© 2014 MU-Peter Shimon