Culture City of East Asia 2014,YOKOHAMA Opening music event

(PR Ambassador of “Culture City of East Asia 2014, Yokohama”) (PR Ambassador of
“Culture City of East Asia 2014, Yokohama”)2月25日 (PR Ambassador of “Culture City of East Asia 2014, Yokohama”) An idol group formed in 2008, consists of 6 girls and their activities are based in Akihabara. Each member has her own specialty in different genre of “Otaku”, and has strong influence over some fields such as art, music, and fashion. In 2013, they performed in the “Japan Expo” in France and the USA as the representative of Japanese idols. They have been showing their success as a new type of idol group. They also performed in “Yokohama J-Pop Culture Festival 2013” and “Yuru-Chara Gourmet Festival in Yokohama”. Since December 2013, they have become the PR Ambassador of “Culture City of East Asia 2014, Yokohama”.

WeiWei Wuu (Erhu/China) 
WeiWei Wuu (Erhu/China)2月25日

WeiWei was born in Shanghai, China. She does not limit herself in traditional methods. In order to discover new potentiality for erhu, she has performed with many different kinds of artist in and outside of the country. She has collaborated with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taro Hakase as well as orchestras like NHK Symphony Orchestra. She has also established the standing performing style instead of sitting while performing which is the traditional way of playing the erhu. She is now the modern erhu pioneer who enabled the instrument to collaborate with classics, rock, jazz and fusion music. Recently, she was responsible for making a title song for a NHK TV program together with Kenny G, and also she offered her music for a TBS TV drama. She definitely is one of the most stylish erhu players of today.

Jae-Chul Bae (Tenor/Korea)
Jae-Chul Bae (Tenor/Korea)2月25日

Jae-Chul Bae is the only tenor in the world who sings with his right half of vocal cords totally paralyzed. After graduated from the Hanyang University in Seoul, he finished his study at the Milan Conservatory in Italy. Later he won many competitions in Europe and soon begun to be highly acclaimed as “The greatest tenor from Asia”. In fall 2005, however, he found out that he was affected by thyroid cancer. He had to cut off the nerves of the diaphragm, and as a result lost his voice together with the function of his right lungs. He then received a thyroplasty operation in Kyoto, Japan, to restore his vocal cords. After overcoming all the tough rehabilitation, he returned to stage again in 08. Now, he has recovered in an incredible speed, and performs in both Japan and Korea. His amazing “Miracle Voice” continues to leach and deeply touch the souls of audience.

Eric Miyashiro (Trumpet)
Eric Miyashiro (Trumpet)3月20日

Eric Miyashiro was born to American father, trumpet player, and Japanese mother, dancer & actress, in Honolulu, Hawaii. When he studied at Berklee Collage of Music in Boston with scholarship after graduated from high school, he also started his studio player career. Later, he became the lead trumpeter of some great bands such as Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and touring all over the world. He is also a composer and producer. 1995, he produced the “EM Band” which is a big band gathered the most extinguished players in Japan. Since his 1st solo CD “Kick Up” on 2000, he has released 5 albums. Instructor at Showa University of Music, Kunitachi Collage of Music, Senzoku Gakuen Collage of Music and Osaka University of Arts.

Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone)
Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone)3月20日3月21日

Eijiro started to play trombone at the age of 5. 1991, when he still studied at high school, he produced his 1st album “Eijiro Nakagawa & Funk’55” which recorded in New York. By being fluent in both jazz and classical idioms, Eijiro is in constant demand in the recording studios. He can be heard on countless records backing up some of the hottest artists in Japan as well as being on many jingles, soundtracks and television shows. 2007, he became the first Japanese performed in “Tony Award 2007” and joined the recording of “Super Trombone” with other world top trombonists. 2008, he released his 4th solo album “E”, and made a nation-wide concert tour with Makoto Ozone. He is one of the best trombonists in his generation.

Masato Honda (Saxophone)
Masato Honda (Saxophone)3月20日

Born in a music teacher’s family, Masato Honda got interests in music since childhood. He started saxophone when he was in 3rd grade of elementary school. At collage time, he played in the collage’s jazz orchestra and won the 1st Prize as well as the Best Soloist Prize in Yamano Big Band Jazz Contest. At the same time, he also played in “Hara Nobuo and Sharps & Flats” as lead alto player. 1991, he joined the famous fusion group “T-SQUARE” and became the major face of the group. 1998, he left “T-SQUARE” and started his solo artist activity. Beside his own band, he also collaborates with many artists in wide range such as recording, arrangement and producing.

Eugene Pao (Guitar/China)
Eugene Pao (Guitar/China)3月20日

Eugene Pao is Hong Kong’s most publicly recognized jazz musician. In 1996, he made his 1st solo album and, since then, he performs all over the world. In 2006, Eugene formed the “Asian Super Guitar Project” with two other guitarists, Kazumi Watanabe from Japan and Jack Lee from Korea, and toured around Asia. In 2008, Eugene was invited by The Hong Kong Trade & Economic Office to perform on a 9 city European tour to promote Hong Kong as their jazz ambassador. In 2012, he was invited to perform at the prestigious London Jazz Festival. Jazz greats with whom he has performed on stage over the years include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and many more. Beside performance, he also takes part in recording projects and, as a composer, he had contributed to countless TV commercials, and his film soundtracks have been nominated for best original score at the HK Film Awards.

Raon Park (Vocal/Korea) 
Raon Park (Vocal/Korea)3月20日

One of the most activate jazz singer in Korea. Raon was graduated from Seoul Jazz Academy and Keonghee University with the degree “Master of Arts”. She has been invited to many Jazz Festivals such as Daegu International Jazz Festival, Jazz Collection Kitakyushu, Busan International Jazz Festival, Sumida Street Jazz Festival, etc. and participated in Banff International Jazz Workshop. She made tours for her own solo concert and also with “Seoul Soloist Jazz Orchestra” around Japan and China. 2009, she released her 1st CD “My Secret” and 2011 the 2nd “My Romance Car”, 2013 the 3rd “Park Raon with Hori Hideaki”. Presenter of “Park Raon’s Jazz & Story” which is a monthly live in Daegu since 2011.

Ha-Ya-To (Wadaiko)
Ha-Ya-To (Wadaiko)3月21日

Ha-Ya-To is a Japanese traditional drum “Wadaiko” group formed by Kanazashi brothers, Keita, Ryota and Yuta. Their performance is full of energy and shows the potential of “Wadaiko” to the music world. They have been toured around Oceania (2004) and Africa (2006) by the request of Japan Foundation. They also appear in many major events such as the ceremony of the MLB Opening Game in Tokyo Dome (2008), the APEC Japan reception party, and TV broadcast.

Nobuko Baba (Koto)
Nobuko Baba (Koto)3月21日

Graduated from Tokyo University of Arts with master degree. Nobuko has been performed in many national events such as at Imperial Palace for Imperial family, welcome performance for former Soviet president M.Gorbachev’s first visit in Japan, welcome performance for leaders from 40 countries in Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Under the request and support of Japan Foundation, Nobuko performed over 120 concerts among 20 countries. She also collaborated with western instruments such as the member of Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and also with orchestras. Nobuko is one of the most activated Koto performers in Japan.

Xiao-Qing Jiang (Gu-Zheng/China)
Xiao-Qing Jiang (Gu-Zheng/China)3月21日

Born in Beijing (China). At the age of 15, Xiao-Qing entered the Central Conservatory of Music and received the traditional education of Gu-Zheng. 1985, she received the title of “Excellent Artist” by Beijing City. 1987, she joined the soundtrack of "The Last Emperor" by Ryuichi Sakamoto which won the Best Music of Academy Award. Recently, she was invited to the music event of the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital and performed for the Emperor of Japan. Her performance can be heard not only in the concert, also in radio, TV programs and commercials.

Soon-A Park (Gayaguem/Korea)
Soon-A Park (Gayaguem/Korea)3月21日

Start to learn Gayaguem at age of 10. She entered the Pyongyang University of Music and Dance later. After 4 years of study over the Korean traditional music at the university, she became the Gayaguem soloist of Kumgangsan Opera Troupe in Japan for 7 years. She received many prizes in North and South Korea, as well as in Japan. Her performance can be heard not only in Korean TV dramas, movie sound tracks also in various genres such as plays, dances, classical and modern music. She is now member of Korean traditional music project team “BE-BEING”.