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Wataru Kousaka – lafantomaticaetichetta.org

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Wataru Kousaka

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Born in 1974 at Hokkaido, Japan. He started very soon to listen music by the influence of his father. He took Wataru for the concert of Tsikuzan Takahashi (the maestro of Tsugaru syamisen) at the age of one.
In 1979 moved to Okinawa with family and he could not stand hot weather, so Wataru liked to listen the records at home ( European classical, American pops) and playing video games rather than playing under the sun He began a little lazy, but his love for music incresead.
At this preteen time, was influenced by Eisa dance “Okinawan music” and in particular by records “Beautiful sounds of musical instruments” and by video games and their “Loopy electronic sounds”.

In 2002 started to perform and established own CDR label “OKINAWA SOUND TRACKS” He played at club ,organ bar in concert hall, University in Tokyo and Naha.

In 2005 Joined the band “Gender sanshin trio” with Ryosen Kameshima on gender (Indonesian musical instrument from gamelan music), Kengo Sanakmoto on fret less bass. Wataru has performed at cafes, live houses, clubs and festivals in all over Japan and Taiwan (Artist Village)in Singapore and in Europe in London and Berlin and in 2010 Pordenone.(Photos tour)

Collaborated with Syuko Tsuchiya’s exibition “Jukou” both in Okinawa and Tokyo

http://www.kusindo.com/

Lectured about history of musical instruments in “one year gallery” in Taiwan, “Asahi Art square” in Tokyo,” Okinawa university” and “Ryukyu University” in Okinawa.

The title of the latest album is “Stringed Unchained”.

In this Album, Wataru plays many kinds of musical instruments, such as danbau a
Vietnamese monocord, dutar a Kashgar two stringed lute and different kinds of guitars, the amazing sarod a 25 stringed one from India, and the traditional Sanshin Okinawa three stringed banjo.




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