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Michiko Yamada
Japanese Flute (Nohkan and Shinobue) Player

 

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Born in Chiba, Michiko Yamada is a Japanese flute player and a leader of "DAKADAKA", a Japanese flute and drum group. She started her career as a Japanese flute player when she was in high school being a member of "Kogumi", a Japanese drum playing group, at Yachiyo high school in Chiba Michiko began studying flute at that time under Yukihiro Isso, a Noh flute player (fue-kata). 


Since then, Michiko has been playing flute together with wide range of instruments, not only Japanese instruments such as Wadaiko (Japanese drum) and Shamisen (three-stringed musical instrument) but also various foreign instruments such as piano, guitar, djembe and gamelan.

In addition to performing flute, she is active as a composer and a teacher of Japanese flute.

 

(Translated by T.Noguchi)

 


 

Activity History

2007
Performed on a stage "Bokushi/Hokuetsu Seppu Yukino kaidan" by Matsuo Takai, a Noh player. Organized a concert "DAKADAKA live". Performed on a concert "Yukihiro Isso fue zukushi, Ohiyari No.16" at National Noh Theater.

2006
Performed at Fureai concert 2006 in Narashino-city.

2005
Organized a concert "Michishirube" with Japanese drum players. Performed at KIDS' GUERNICA in Bali.

2004
Performed at Tokyo station Akarenga concert.

Japanese Musical Unit "DAKADAKA"

 

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"DAKADAKA (打花打火)" is a unit composed of two: a Japanese flute player (Michiko Yamada), and a Japanese drum player (MichikoTsukimurai). DAKADAKA plays various songs not only Japanese traditional music but also popular songs, European classical music and jazz. They are aiming at delivering Japanese spirit by their performance.

The unit plays at concerts, exhibitions and various events such as Fureai concert 2006 in Narashino city (2006), and a concert DAKADAKA live (2007). They also voluntarily visit and play music at care facilities for both seniors and children.
 

 Michiko Yamada(Nohkan and Shinobue)

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 Michiko Tsukimura (Japanese drum player)

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Her simple but dynamic and powerful drum performance is a pillar of "DAKADAKA" music. Her Okedo-daiko play is excellent. Born and grow up in Chiba, she got a chance to play Japanese drum at local festivals at the age of nine and Japanese drum captivated her mind. Michiko belonged to "Kogumi (鼓組)", a Japanese drum playing group, at Yachiyo high school in Chiba. After graduation, she joined "Dondokosho (どんどこしょ)", a local Japanese drum group, and performs at various events and concerts including Narita drum festival. She now plays at DAKADAKA, devoting herself to drum practice.

 

(Translated by T.Noguchi)