Aki-Ra sunrise: Hado Artist
AKI-RA Sunrise: BIO
b. 25 May 1981 in Kyoto, Japan 1990 Began Japanese taiko drum 1996 Began drums (kit)
2000 Began djembe in Spain and Morocco. Discovered the power of music as a communication tool. Started street performance.
2004 Released 1st South CD titled "South", by duo percussion team Be Ward (Australia) on balaphone and Aki-Ra Sunrise. Toured Japan, India, Taiwan, and Australia.
2005 Started music for Butoh dance with Mushimaru Fujieda’s Physical Poets performance company?http://thephysicalpoets.wix.com/tpp-official
2006 Released 2nd South CD "Water of Happiness". Toured India, Nepal, Taiwan.
2007 Created the first Hadourums
2009 Jan: Artist in Residence, CCF (Centre Culturel Francais), Cameroon for “Veilleurs Du Monde 2” (World Watchers 2). Included collaborative opening performance with Camaroon artists and musicians.?23_CCF.Cameroun.Programme_JanFev2009.pdf
2009 June-Aug: Artist residence, Cajarc, France “Veilleurs Du Monde 3” (World Watchers 3) invited by George Pompidoo Art Center. Two sound installations called “En” and “Wa”.
2009 Dec: World Tour of Contemporary Japanese Music, sponsored by The Japan Foundation. Part 1: "Central Asia and the Caucasus - Round Music Public Performance" Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Part 2: "Letter from Japan - The contemporary state of tradition instruments and songs" Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos
2010 May: Released CD “Heart”
2011 to present: Vibrational soundwave therapy for yoga retreats, Japan and Bali
2011 Nov: Soundscape performance for Live Painting show by Indria from "Eggore - Rockin' Picture Book", Bali Indonesia http://eggore.com/index.php/component/content/?view=featured&st art=10
2011 Composed and performed movie soundtrack for “Tenstuki” (Eng title) / “Tenshi Tsukinuke Roku-chome" (Jap title) by Shima Filmsh? ttp://asianwiki.com/Tentsuki
2012 Jan: Began to incorporate water as an instrument for Hado music. Sound design for collaboration with visual media artist Naoko Tosa for Expo 2012 Yousu Korea (LED projection was 250m x 23m, largest ever created) http://www.naokotosa.com/2012/05/93
2012 Oct: Released CD “TAI ~ Womb to Light ~”
2013 Began playing Biwa-Lyra (unique instrument created by Hiroyuki Murakami)
2013 Feb: Music-dance fusion performance, Jeju International Butoh Festival, Korea
2013 Sept: Artist in Residence, ARTinNature project, Busan Performance Art Festival
2014 May: Released CD “nature session”
2014 “The Sake” performance by Den Entertainment Group at Hyper Japan, London (July) and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Aug) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKs0rvwBI0BSF_d_vZoUbIQ
2014 Sept: “Aki-Ra no Te” solo tour of 10 performances and workshops, Netherlands & Switzerland, celebrating 150 years of Swiss-Japanese friendship
Aki-Ra Sunrise’s tracks