Wagakki Band

Wagakki Band

Wagakki Band

Genres: Folk Metal, J-Pop
Members: Yūko Suzuhana, Machiya, Beni Ninagawa, Kiyoshi Ibukuro, Asa, Daisuke Kaminaga, Wasabi, Kurona
Formed: 2013
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Wagakki Band is a musical group from Japan. The band consists of seven musicians and a vocalist who fuse traditional Japanese instruments with contemporary rock. In 2014, Wagakki Band was invited by Japan Expo 2014 in France and their first oversea independent concert was held at Taipei in 2015. On July 4, 2015, Wagakki Band headlined a sold-out concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles as a main event at Anime Expo. The Vocaloid IA was the opening act, also in her first North American live show. They cover vocaloid songs in their album "Vocalo Zanmai" and also composed their original music in subsequent albums.

Suzuhana Yuuko - Vocal

She is the vocalist of Wagakki Band, pianist for Hanafugetsu, and teaches shigin. She was also a part of the classical pops unit Asty, Yuukaru, and released music under the name "Yuukorin".
Yuuko began studying the piano at age three and shigin from age five. She graduated from the Tokyo College of Music’s Piano Program. Yuuko is currently active as a shigin instructor, singer-songwriter, and pianist. In December 2011 she won the Grand Prize at the Nationwide Contest of the Nippon Columbia Japan Poem Recitation Competition. She was also selected as Miss Nico Nama 2011 in the Niconico Douga Festival, and performed at Niconico Cho Party 2012. Yuuko currently hosts Ibakira★NIGHT, a program on Ibakira TV.

  • Name: Suzuhana Yuuko (鈴華ゆう子)
  • Stage Names: Suzuhana Yuuko (鈴華ゆう子), Yuukorin (ゆうこりん), Seika (晟華)
  • Birthday: June 7
  • Birthplace: Ibaraki Prefecture, Mito, Japan
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Education: Tokyo College of Music (piano major)
  • Favourite Food: Pasta
  • Favourite Color: White, Pink
  • Favourite Artists: TVXQ, Nakashima Mika
    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)
  • Hanafugetsu
  • Yuukaru
  • Asty

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Suzuhana Yuuko
Kaminaga Daisuke

Kaminaga Daisuke - Shakuhachi

Daisuke was born in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. He began to play the Shakuhachi at the age of 18, then he was awarded a master license of Tozan-style Shakuhachi and got a master name called "YoZan." Daisuke appeared on the stage in more than 10 countries and of numerous large-scale events including the world biggest music convention, SXSW (Texas, USA) and Japanese cultural event, Japan Expo (Paris, France). Since Daisuke loves video game music, he conveys its charm through "Playing Works" series, the collaboration project with the well-known composers. Daisuke has his own school in Tokyo, and teaches in several colleges and universities. He also enjoys the activities for young people through the performance in local schools in Iwaki, Fukushima.

  • Birthplace: Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
  • Education: Graduated from Chiba University
    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)
  • SUPER JOHN BROTHERS
  • Kao=S
  • Hanafugetsu
  • Fami Koto
  • NeoTrad

Links:
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Niconicommunity
Hanafugetsu official website
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Ibukuro Kiyoshi - Koto

Kiyoshi was born in Tokyo. During high school he began performing in China when he was dispatched there by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. He has performed in a total of eight countries outside of Japan, including Vietnam, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, and South Korea. In Japan, Kiyoshi's performances have been covered in a wide range of media, and he has also published a collection of arrangements from ZEN-ON Music Company. Kiyoshi explores the possibilities of the koto as a Japanese instrument in addition to traditional Japanese music.

  • Name: Ibukuro Kiyoshi (いぶくろ聖志)
  • Birthdate: December 1, 1983 (age 33)
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Education: Graduated from Chiba University
    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)
  • Hanafugetsu
  • Ren

Links:
Official website
Niconicommunity
Hanafugetsu official website
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Ibukuro Kiyoshi
Ninagawa Beni

Ninagawa Beni - Tsugaru Jamisen

Beni was born in Kyoto. She began studying the Tsugaru Jamisen and minyo (Japanese folk singing) at the age of four. After working as a model and actress, Beni currently participates in many performances as a Tsugaru Jamisen musician. She is renowned for the videos she has uploaded of her performances of anime and Vocaloid songs under the "Played It" category.

  • Name: Ninagawa Beni (蜷川べに)
  • Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)

Links:
Official blog
Niconicommunity
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Kurona - Wadaiko

He is the wadaiko player in the Wagakki Band as well as the vocalist and wadaiko player in the visual-kei band Crow×Class ~Kuro Karasugumi~. Kurona encountered the wadaiko at age three, and joined a professional wadaiko group in Tokyo at age nine, where he studied traditional performing arts. Afterwards, he became an independent musician. In addition to performances in more than 15 countries, Kurona is active in a wide range of fields inside and outside Japan including magazines, TV, and stage performance. Kurona uses the wadaiko, a traditional instrument, to create new types of music. He also collaborates frequently with other musicians and artists. Kurona has served as a judge for the Central Competition in the Tokyo High School Culture Festival's Folk Entertainment Division sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. In addition, Kurona takes part in performances and recording with a variety of artists, including wadaiko choreography guidance for the Blazing Rhythms, Countdown, and The Legend of Mythica events at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)
  • Crow×Class ~Kuro Karasugumi~

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Crow×Class
Niconicommunity

Kurona
Machiya

Machiya - Guitar

He is the guitarist for the Wagakki Band and guitarist and vocalist of m:a.ture and PARAPLU. Guitarist Machiya enjoys overwhelming popularity in Niconico Douga’s renowned "Played It" category. The masterful video of his performance of "Night of Nights," a famous song from video game Toho Project, has been viewed more than 1.3 million times. Machiya is also the guitarist and vocalist of m:a.ture, a tremendously popular band in the Indie music scene. In addition, Machiya participates in performances and tours with a diverse range of artists, such as serving as the guitarist for the nationwide tour by Tsutomu Ishizuki (formerly of FANATIC◇CRISIS).

  • Name: Oumura Shin (桜村 眞)
  • Stage Name: Machiya (町屋)
  • Birthdate: September 13, 1982
  • Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
  • Blood Type: O
    Groups:

  • SHAKE IT CANDY
  • m:a.ture (2006-
  • Wagakki Band (2012-)
  • PARAPLU (2014-)

Links:
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Asa - Bass

Asa is gaining ever-greater popularity on Niconico Douga as a user of Vocaloid. The video he posted in July 2012 of "Yoshiwara Lament," a Vocaloid song, has been viewed more than 800,000 times. This song has also been performed by different artists on Niconico Douga. Moreover, it has been turned into a novel (published by AlphaPolis) that has drawn great praise. As a member of EXIT TUNES, Asa also participates in its EXIT TUNES ACADEMY festival. He took part in a nationwide tour this summer that stopped at five Zepp venues throughout Japan.

  • Education: Showa University of Music Composition Department (drop-out)
    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)
  • EXIT TUNES

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Official blog
Niconicommunity

Asa
Wasabi

Wasabi - Drums

Wasabi was born in China. His father is Chinese, and his mother is half Chinese and half Japanese. This drummer is hugely popular on Niconico Douga’s renowned "Played It" category. Wasabi is the youngest member of Wagakki Band, but he is a sophisticated musician. In particular, his fast-paced double bass drum in collaboration with Kurona's wadaiko is one of the most recognizable parts of this band.

  • Birth Name: Sasaki Akira (ササキアキラ)
  • Birthplace: China
    Groups:

  • Wagakki Band (2012-)

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