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Tomoya Nakai

Koto – Samisen (Ikuta Style) | 25-String Koto Musician/Composer


Tomoya Nakai was born in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Nakai is a musician and a composer of koto, samisen, and 25-string koto.
From the age of six, he started playing koto. From the age of twelve, he started playing samisen.
Nakai graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music of Tokyo University of the Arts.
He specializes in the traditional koto and samisen.
While being able to freely express the wide range of registers of the koto, Nakai also explores the possibilities and the artistries that the koto possesses. Audiences will be carried away by his mind blowing performance techniques and bold but yet delicate musical expressions.
Music pieces arranged by Nakai are not only full of originality; they also express his unique music style – the fusion of traditional and modern elements. By borrowing themes from the Japanese classical literature, traditional performance art, and myth from all over the world, Nakai creates works that can not only move your heart but can also sooth your mind.

Nakai is truly one of the few magnificent male performers in the world of koto.

   

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Tomaki TrioOfficial site up now!  

Tomaki Trio was established in June of 2011 when Tomoya Nakai met Akiko Nakajima and Akiko Nakajima in Vienna.
Akiko Nakajima is an opera diva who is performing actively in Vienna and in the world.
Masaaki Saito who also resides in Vienna, is a pianist whose performance genre over crosses between classical and jazz.
Tomaki Trio started to perform in September 2011. The concept behind the Tomaki Trio is to create music that is sometimes mysterious, sometimes full of passion. Tomaki Trio incorporates different traditional music from various regions of Japan. Their music is dynamic and is not constrained by standards. They aim to arrange music that will be performed by generations to come.

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SILLALLA アルバムジャケット

Eva&Tomoya 2nd Album:SILLALLA ~On the bridge~
1. INTRO


2. STAR BRIGHT (AMA NO GAWA)


3. ORFEUS


4. WASURE-GAI ~ONNADE GALLIGRAPHY


5. DREAM


6. FLOATING BRIDGES OF THE DREAM


7. SOAP BUBBLES (SHABONDAMA)


Printed in Taiwana:CAMUS-0005

CAMUS:1st Album:FIVE LOVES - SOME LOVE'S STORIES -

1. Poem I


2. Hananoyouni


3. Poem II


4. Orpheus


5. Poem III


6. Youkihi


7. Poem IV


8. Csárdás


9. Poem V


10. Scarborough Fair



Tomaki Trio

Tomaki Trio:Tomaki Trio

1. Midare


2. Usagi


3. Okiage no uta


4. Hana no youni


5. Chin chin chidori



花は心

2nd Album:Yume ha Utsutsu

1. Izutsu (The Well Cradle)


2. Toryanse


3. Tsu Ondo


4. Aoi no ue (Lady of the Court)


5. Akatombo (Red Dragonfly)


6. Futari Shizuka (The Two Shizukas)



ART WORK : Shinsuke Zetsu
Item Number : KOTN-0008 2,500yen(tax included) / Production Publisher : ALM RECORDS

花は心

1st Album:Hana ha Kokoro

1. Sakuragawa


2. KAGOME


3. Kiyotsune


4. Oboro-dukiyo


5. Doujouji



ART WORK : Shinsuke Zetsu
Item Number : KOTEN-0006 2,500yen(tax included)

花は心

mini Album:Tatsunootoshigo

1. GREENSLEEVES


2. 無伴奏チェロ組曲第一番ト長調「PRELUDE」


3. チャルダッシュ


4. My Grandfather's Clock



Item Number : UEHARA-0001 1,500yen(tax included)

2001
• Graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music of Tokyo University of the Arts
• Received the 常英 award from Tokyo University of the Arts

2002
• Graduate from the 47th NHK Traditional Japanese Music Performer Training Session
• Passed the NHK audition
• Received Tsu City Culture Honor Award
• Was introduced in the opening page of "Young Talents of Japan" in Asahi Weekly and other mass medias

2003
• Won the Honor Award with Samisen in the National Traditional Japanese Music Contest of Nagatani Kengyo
• Won the 3rd place in the Michio Miyagi Memorial Music Contest
• Won the 2nd place for koto music in the National Kenjyun Memorial Music Concert

2005
• Performed his original work "Sakuragawa" with Tibor Kovac of Wiener Philharmoniker

2007
• Conducted performance tour sponsored by Finland and Japan Foundation throughout Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic
• Performed in the 30th Anniversary Festival of Finnish Kantele Association and 20th Anniversary of Finland's Sibelius Academy of Finland - Kantele Course

2008
• Participated in Kihaus , Kuhmo's sommelo, Jyvaskylan, Kausutie Music Festival in Finland
• Lecturer at the Sommelo International Kantele Training Camp
• Performed commissioned piece "Youkihi" for the first time at the Kihaus Folk Music Festival

2009
• Appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the cultural delegate to perform in Thailand and Vietnam for the opening of Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2009; Performed at the welcoming luncheon party for the President of Vietnam at the Japanese Prime Minister's official residence upon returning to Japan
• Participated in Kuhmo's Sommelo Musical Festival in Finland; Performed in the opening of Viitasaari's "Mujikinaika" Contemporary Festival 2009
• Lecturer at the Sommelo International Kantele Training Camp

2010
• June - Performed with the leading kantele (Finnish string instrument) musician Eva Alkula in Japan's Finland Embassy and across the nation for the JAPAN TOUR 2010
• September ~ October - Performed in the finale act for the Finland-Japan Friendship 90th Anniversary Celebration in Finland

CD
• 1st Album 『Hana ha Kokoro』, 2nd Album 『Yume ha Utsutsu』
• Mini Album 『Tatsunootoshigo』
• 『Kakumei no Jokyoku』URANUS
• Released "Youkihi" with EVA ALKULA
• TOMAKI TRIO "TOMAKI TRIO" (2011)
• CAMUS "FIVE LOVES"(2012)
• CAMUS "異邦人" (2012)
• URANUS best album-1 "Ame nimo makezu" (2012)
• URANUS best album-2 "Kaze nimo makezu" (2012)
• Eva Alkula & Tomoya Nakai "SILLALLA ~on the bridge~" (2012)

Media/Magazine Publication/Music Provision
• Performed in the NHK TV show 「おかあさんといっしょ」winter special (2011)
• NHK TV show 「お元気ですか 日本列島」
• NHK Radio 「ラジオ深夜便」
• NHK Sapporo Broadcasting Radio 「フレッシュサウンド北海道」
• 「NHKのおかあさんといっしょ」Monthly Publication (2011 February Issue))
• Asahi Weekly 「和の若き才能」front page物
• Mainichi Shimbun「私が選んだこの一冊」
• Finland Airline inflight magazine「キートス」
• AIR DO (Hokkaido Domestic Airline) inflight audio service
• 9CH「くりっぱpresents癒しの空」's『ピウパリパウパリ』broadcast

Theater Music
• 劇団キリン食堂「KABUKIの城」
• 『櫻川』日本舞踊協会新作公演にて
• ジャパンアクションエンタープライズ第10回公演「残侠」

Album Participation
• キンモクセイ「さくら」 BMG JAPAN
• 小山絵里奈「VIVIDROP」 AVEX
• code "M" × VEE「TOKYO GRANDE」Lastrum
• code "M"「和楽~華の乱~」