Japan Day - Let's Discover Japanese Jazz and Enjoy Fireworks!
"For the first time in years, there is again a not (entirely) traditional Japanese music group on the main stage of the 18th edition of Japan Day in Düsseldorf. Not entirely traditional because Kurofune (黒船) combines traditional Japanese and jazz music. Their traditional music has its origins in two Japanese regions. The famous three-stringed shamisen comes from the north of Honshu and their singing is inspired by the traditional music of the Amami Islands southwest of Kyushu. The group has been formed around Protected content their first album was realised through crowdfunding. Last year they signed a contract with Universal Music which resulted in the album Journey.
By the way, Kurofune means black ships, named after the American black vessels that visited Japan in Protected content force trade between Japan and America. With its music, Kurofune wants to build a bridge between traditional Japanese and American music.
The performance during Japan Day starts at 9.40PM at the outdoor stage on the castle square (Burgplatz). Recently their sixth official video clip Promised Land was released. This song can be found on their third album Journey."
(Herman Roovers, AVO-Magazine.NL)
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