渥美幸裕 (Atsumi Yukihiro)
Atsumi Yukihiro has had a rich and varied music career in which he has collaborated with a variety of well known artists.
He moved from Tokyo to Kyoto to create “New Japanese Music”. Based at a traditional and historical house at Kyoto, he has recently been creating a new Japanese music style called “NIPPON NOTE 2.0 (Hogaku 2.0)” at his classical style “Kura (stone house)”
Through focusing on classical Japanese music styles such as “Hogaku”, “Minyo” and “folklore song for kids”,
he has realized that his mission is to bring new classical Japanese music to a worldwide audience and a younger generation.
To create new Japanese music based on various Japanese classical music frame equals by incorporating traditional styles into his music Atsumi both preserves aspects of traditional culture whilst innovating and breathing new life into them.
In 2016, He launched the project “Hogaku 2.0” which connects Japanese classical with more recent music through the guitar. He released the music album “Japanese Guitar Song Book”; the song, “Akifune”, composed in Japanese Guitar style was dedicated to Kifune Shrine.
In 2017, the event “Hogaku 2.0”, which updates classical Japanese music through traditional musical instruments with Japanese Guitar, started. He played Tendai music arranged by the Hougaku 2.0 method at a famous temple in Kyoto, Sanzenin temple. And also played Bunraku, Nagauta, which is Japanese classical style, and Japanese Guitar at Kansai University Museum.
In 2018, Atsumi collaborate with DJ KRUSH, featuring the song on his 25th anniversary album entitled “Cosmic Yard”.
In addition to his main focus on Hogaku 2.0, he has also been involved in the following projects:
“Conguero Tres Hoofers” is trio which consists of guitar,
percussion and tap dance. 1st and 2nd album took top chart in iTunes jazz category. A music clip was shot in a famous Japanese temple and shrine, Kiyiomizudera temple and Kifune Shrine. It played at Europe, Taiwan, and Russia. Their 3rd album “Musical Traveler”, which based on experience of the travel, was released in 2018.
“Next World Satellite Tracks” is the project for Speaker Music as the track maker.
“SAIKOH VISIONZ”, which is a collaboration with Kitaro Nakamura. It is positive rock band with Japanese lyrics. Members are: Kiyoshiro Imawano follower, Hidehiko Ishizuka, Unaigumi, Shinji Miyake, and Masayoshi Yamazaki.
He has also initiated “Playing music work” with children
in prep school which improvises music with early aged children to provide an experience of music and fun.
Yun-Ping Liu, Ph.D., a man full of curiosity and passion, is an experienced guitar player who cares deeply about making great music with his fingertips. As an experienced guitar player, Yun-Ping plays in many different kinds of styles, such as Flamenco, Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin and Fingerstyle.
Since winning first prize at the “Guitar Utopia Fingerstyle Competition” in 2012, Yun-Ping has continued to compose many pieces for fingerstyle guitar. In 2016, Yun-Ping released his first album, “The Journey on the Fingerboard,” which was shortlisted in the “Best Musicians” category at the Golden Indie Music Awards (GIMA).
Yun-Ping is also the author of the guitar book series “Fundamental of Pop Guitar,” which is the most well-known guitar/music textbook in Taiwan. There are three volumes — Elementary, Intermediate and Music Styles — three different levels appropriate for different needs.
Lastly, Yun-Ping has participated in diverse types of musical productions, including musical theater performances and TV/movie film score production, and has served as an instrumentalist for several well-known bands and singers such as Harlem Yu、Shi Shi、PiA, ChthoniC, Wen-Lan (Landy), Wan-Fang and Ayugo Huang. Yun-Ping also regularly performs in the bands “MajaM Jazz Band” and “La Gitanita” as a guitarist.