Shunsuke Kimura Live


Imagined Landscapes spun from a fusion of Japanese & Western instruments

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Kanazawa Institute of Technology Educational Exchange


Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Hall opens: 6:30 pm
Performance: 7:00 pm

$15 General Admission
Rose-Hulman Faculty / Staff and Students - Free

Hatfield Hall
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803
Tel. 812-877-8544


Shunsuke Kimura (木村俊介)        Flute, shamisen

“… one of the most acclaimed composers for and performers of traditional instruments in Japan today. He has travelled to every corner of Japan to find the various melodies, rhythms and styles of carnival and folk music which he has assimilated into his own music-making.

His melodies are haunting and characterized by an ethereal serenity. His works tell a variety of nostalgic stories and he expresses the poetic image in nature, scenery and seasons with delicate nuance of colour and sounds. He performs actively in Europe, USA and Asia in collaboration with local artists.

Shunsuke won the Grand Prix Award at the 2nd ADD Tsugaru-Shamisen Contest in 2002. In 2005, Shunsuke directed a live performance at the "Sense of Wonder" World Environmental Film Festival at Aichi Expo. In November 2006, he was commissioned to write the music and lyrics for "AMATERASU", a special theatre project for the 25th anniversary of Kodo, the world famous taiko group, which featured a guest appearance by Bando Tamasaburo, the star kabuki dancer, in the female role. Because of its great success, the performance was repeated in August 2007 at Kabuki-za Theatre Tokyo. Also in 2006, as part of a festival arranged by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Awards, Shunsuke composed music for a contemporary kabuki dance show "Ouna" featuring Hanayagi Tsurusuga, a noted kabuki dancer with poems by Suzue Miuchi, author of the popular manga Galasu no Kamen. Recently Shunsuke’s activities have been broadcast in NHK’s (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) programme “Geijutugekijo”.” 

Shingo Ikegami (池上信吾) Koto

An artist who plays koto, shamisen, kokyu, jushichigen (箏、三絃、胡弓、十七絃), Shingo also composes music for Japanese instruments.  He has recorded CD’s and videos, made music teaching materials, instruct music at many levels including college, and judges music contests. He has also received many prestigious awards and has performed in Europe, Turkey, and Tunisia.

Hiromi Nishida (西田ひろみ)   Violin

“Violonist,born in Tokyo.  Studied Arabic style violin under Abdo Dagir in Cairo (1995~1998), played in his ensemble. Performed with Fathy Salama in Egypt and France played and recorded with Nubian singer Mohamed Mounir. In 1999, played with German Oud player Roman Bunka group at the 1st oriental Jazz festival in Beirut. In 2001, toured in Tunisia with the classical arabic music group "Le club bachraf" supported by Japan Foundation.”

Ayuko Ikeda (池田安友子)    Percussion

Artist who performs many styles of percussion from classic through African, and Latin and with many kinds of instruments and genres.  She also accompanies and assists in recordings and musical stage work for radio and television and has performed abroad in America, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  She also does clinics and leads groups from elementary through high school as well as school performances.