- Hidekazu Kato (shakuhachi)
- Joji Hirota (taiko purcussions)
- Masayuki Kino (violin)
- Reiko Fujisawa (piano)
- country:United Kingdom
- Japanese Classical
- label:not signed
- type:Band, Small Ensemble, Quartet
- gender:male, female
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, percussion, string, woodwind, piano
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Ensemble Tōzai comprises four Japanese musicians specialising in both traditional Japanese and Western classical music. Tōzai means ‘East-West’; with a combination of violin, piano, shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and taiko percussion, the incredible sounds that emanate from this collective of outstanding performers, all soloists in their own right, can only be described as universal.
Brought together for a hugely successful ‘Japan 2001’ tour of the UK, much of the music Ensemble Tōzai performs is written for especially for them or adapted by members of the group. Their repertoire extends from traditional Japanese music and existing 20th century works such as the violin sonata by Godzilla composer Akira Ifukube and Afar by Yoichi Togawa ,to newly commissioned and collaborative works with British contemporary composers, such as Gavin Bryars and Graham Fitkin.