Live Music – THE SYAMISENIST
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
7pm – Free Gig
A Japanese instrumental three-piece band formed by two Shamisen (Lead and Bass) and drums. Currently signed to TRANSIST Records, THE SYAMISENIST delivers super-charged live performances wowing audiences and earning followers everywhere they play.
THE SYAMISENIST is led by Jack, a traditionally trained shamisen player and special instructor of ESP entertainments’ Japanese instrument seminars. Yuji, the world’s first bass shamisen player covers the bass lines while Kyohei, endorsed by BONNY DRUM JAPAN and GOSTRAY Custom Drum Works , holds down the drum beats.
Using traditional instruments, THE SYAMISENIST intends to share the new and exciting sounds of Tokyo and Japan with the world. The special charm of THE SYAMISENIST lies in their live performance. Once the lights go up, with four counts, all hell breaks loose as the group releases a raw energy that can’t be matched. Soaring to the ends of the earth with untamed musical performance, they cut through the air with electric shamisen sounds that amaze and bewilder at the same time. The addition of Kyohei’s heavy beats and the so nicknamed ‘heavy tank’ pushes the sound beyond the atmosphere as it explodes into the vastness of space. Drawing from a diverse musicality, The Syamisenist moves from psychedelic rock to jazz and funk to fuzzy heavy metal inspired riffing to Indian scale and Japanese tunes with ease. Back beats infused with Japanese traditional and African American styles keep crowds moving and wondering what will come next. The band has received overwhelming support from musicians and creators, as their styles like free-improvisation, oscillating grooves and use of irregular metre continue to inspire and motivate others. In 2018 the group began expanding overseas with a wildly successful Tour of Taiwan. Wanting more, THE SYAMISENIST is now ready to make more waves in the worldwide music scene. “I think no bands, even the Rock bands, can imitate their performance filled by spirits and thrills.” by Yoshiko Funami, music writer.