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KEISHO OHNO   Tsugaru Shamisen Player

Born in Niigata, Japan, Keisho started playing Tsugaru-shamisen at the age of eight.
After endorsed as natori, an accredited master at only twelve years old, he was approved two years later by Takahashi Chikuzan the First and became “authorized successor of authentic Chikuzan-bushi” shamisen player.
Constantly inspired by various genres of art, Keisho has never given up his motto of “Keeping traditional music as well as destructing it.” Always a challenger in aspiring nouvelle performance and high musical technique, Keisho has currently gained a steady artistic foothold in Europe.


Performances

2006 First Tsugaru shamisen player ever to perform in the South by Southwest SXSW, United States, the world’s largest music fair followed by a successful US tour in six cities.
2007 Major label debut with album
“Shamisen-damashii -Shami Spirits-”.
2008 Released his second album “Samurai” along with European tour of seven performances, covering five cities in France and Luxembourg.
2009 European tour ‘09, eight performances in seven cities in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
2010 European tour ’10, eight performances in seven cities in France and Germany. Performed at FIFA World Cup event in South Africa as a Japanese music delegate.
2011 Album debut in Europe with CD “鴎 KAMOME“ from a French label. European tour ’11, 19 performances in 17 cities in France, Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland. Appeared in ART ROCK (France) during summer tours in France and Germany. Performed at FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany as a Japanese music delegate. Appeared as the key performer on the final day main stage at Japan Expo 2011 (Paris), bringing 3,000 plus spectators into exhilaration.
2012 European tour ’12 with 15 performances in France, Spain, Portugal, Romania, and Algeria, followed by Luxembourg and Portugal performances.
2013 &Parallel release of second CD “SPARK” and “敬 – KEI – “, a CD covering traditional shamisen pieces. European tour ’13 with six performances in France, Italy, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Performed as a Japanese music representative on a stage in Ethiopia for Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Won high acclaim at Saudi Arabian performance.
2014 Toured in Brazil, Djibouti and France. Performed at Organization for Economic-cooperation and Development (OECD) ministerial board of Directors meeting in Paris, participated by 34 developed countries including G7.
2015 Performed in Kuwaiti National Founding event (Layali Febrayer) as a Japanese representative. European tour ’15 with 26 performances in 17 cities in France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and Austria.

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