Friday, September 23rd
Fee: $400 NTD
Esraj, from Eastern India, is a Bengal traditional instrument has about twenty strings. Nowadays, only a few people play this instrument. It has many strings to resonate with Bows synchronous vibrations. They emit a rich, resonating sound; kind of like a sweet voice. Tabla, is one of the most popular percussion instruments in India. It is originally from northern India, but its popularity has spread to the rest of India and neighboring countries. According to Indian music history, tabla is a young instrument. It has about three hundred to four hundred years of history. This ensemble of instruments is prominent in North Indian classical music. The combination of "Raga", which is an Indian melody system, and Indian rhythm system "Tala", contains a lot of dynamics and musical dialog through improvisation. Enjoy the world of Esraj and Tabla.
Waka (full name: Toshihiro Wakaike) / Esraj and Tabla
Waka has been studying North Indian music on the Tabla since 1987. During this time, he has performed numerous concerts and taught workshops. To give added depth to the understanding of Indian classical music, he has been additionally studying to play the melodious Esraj from master Buddhadev Das since 2008. Waka has been actively bringing Indian classical music form to Taiwan. In 2011 he was awarded as the Finalist in the Best Performance Awards, in Taiwan.
Kosuke (full name: Kosuke Nakao) / Tabla
Kosuke’s first contact with Tabla was during a trip to India in 2004. In 2007 he started to study Tabla under Biplab Bhattacharriya in Kolkata and keeps visiting India ever since regularly to refine his technique. He collaborates with many artists in Japan, US, and India,including renowned masters of Indian classical music.