The Prism of the Kings of the Tsugaru Shamisen

Yoshida Prism
Yoshida Brothers – Prism
Yoshida Brothers

Prism (Domo, 2009)

Japan’s Yoshida Brothers have become very popular in their native Japan and abroad because of their fiery performances on the venerable tsugaru-shamisen. Despite the traditional attire shown in their photographs, the Yoshida Brothers are young cool musicians who combine beautiful Japanese folk melodies on their ancient musical instruments with contemporary arrangements that include a wide variety of musical influences such as rock, blues, global sounds and jazz.

Their new recording is titled Prism and the Yoshida Brothers have collaborated with an eclectic group of American musicians, such as singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, who wrote the Celtic-influenced "One Long River" and David Baerwald, the singer-songwriter who provided the track "Mr. Nagano’s Foolish Proposal". On "Summer Day" the Yoshida Brothers marks collaborate with keyboardist and producer Mitchell Froom. The album’s final track, "End of the World," was featured on the soundtrack to the Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix film, We Own the Night.

On Prism the Yoshida Brothers reveal a fascinating portrait of their dazzling virtuosity on the tsugaru-shamisen

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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