■Kafuu Takamine (Biwa Dayuu)
Accomplishments include 1st place in the 38th Biwa Contest, NHK Chairman Prize, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize, and Yamazaki Kyokusui Prize. Kafuu found the essence of Japanese music in “Katari-gei” and pursued his studies as a Joryu-Gidayu. He later shifts to hikikatari, in which he sings while playing the Biwa. Master of筑前四弦琵琶and五弦琵琶. Now performs in the National Theatre and in NHK programs and also collaborates with various genre and creates his original works.
■Jinya Imai (Shoulder Drum)http://www.megalo.biz
Started Noh at a young age. Performed Noh on stages in his teens and acquires experiences through the National Noh Theatre and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. As a freelance drummer, he is now actively involved in various collaborating performances with the composers of Jazz and modern music.
■Masahiro Yazawa (Nohkan)
Edozato Kagura Matsumoto Gennosuke Shachu, Hayashi-kata
Performances and TV appearances include Asian Performing Arts Festival Overseas Performance, the National Theatre, NHK, Hanaru Market, etc.
He is now focusing on live performances.
■Kouichiro Suzuki (Idaki)
Encounters the world of Idaki in Fremantle, Australia in 1998.
In 2003, he co-performed with Ash Dargan, one of the best Idaki player in the world, in the Japan Tour. In March 2005, he co-performed with Gocoo, a Japanese Drum playing troupe in the “Come Spring Festival”, a charity event for the Niigata earthquake.
Scouted and joined the 渚音楽祭・アースデイ湘南/代々木 as a support member. Later concentrates on independent performances to focus on the depth of solo performances. He is distinctive of his unique playing styles such as the first in Japan 二又イダキ, fanfare with 4 scales, Shakuhachi style playing that expresses the stillness of Japan. Joined the establishment of Bugakuza as an Idaki player.
■Mitsuio Sugawara (Japanese Drums)
Performed the Japanese drums in the 愛宕太鼓鼓友会 from a young age, and becomes a freelance artists at the age of 23. He is now the leader of his self-founded “風鼓” and also a member of Bugakuza. Mainly performing in Tokyo and Osaka, he co-performs with 林英哲, the pioneer of Japanese drums, and also co-performs and teaches other famous Japanese singers such as Ikuzo Yoshi, Miyuki Kawashima, Kaori Kasai, etc.
From his several overseas performances, he achieved high reputations in Japan as well as overseas.
The scenes from the Taiwan Tour was on aired on over 100 TV networks throughout the world.
In the Aichi EXPO 2005, his song “Kazeno Uta (Song of the Wind)” was selected as the theme song and he co-performed with the 50-cho Tsugaru-shamisen.
This very original and unique performance captivated hearts of many.
He won 2nd place in the Oho Daiko Section of the 4th Tokyo National Taiko Contest.
After graduating from the National Theatre Kabuki Actor Training School, Takashi performed under Nakamura Kichiemon for 5 years.
He now sits away from the Kabuki world and focuses on stages of sword dance and new Japanese dance.
Acting master of神刀無念凱山流（しんとうむねんがいざんりゅう）sword dance.
■Shunsuke Okazaki as Khoomei (Throat-singing)
Shunsuke specializes in overtone-singing in which he controls more than 2 voices and emphasizes the harmonic tone by resonating the throat and body with the voice. He excels especially in singing high notes in a flute-like voice called the Sigit style.
He is a member of the SDP Shambe group and performs in the main event “DRUMCOW” and other various events and performs session with many artists.
Born in Tottori prefecture. Resides in Kyoto. A graduate of Kyoto City University of Arts Music Department where he majored in percussion instruments.
Awarded the Best Prize in the 平成3年鳥取県高等学校総合音楽会ソロ部門. Awarded the Culture Prize from Misasa Town in the same year.
Studied percussion instruments under 大口久二子・小谷康夫・山本毅・種谷睦子 and Nagauta Hayashi under many professionals including 藤舎呂悦.
He also studied Ttsugaru Shamisen under 京極流・松村幸治.
2005: Won a prize in the All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Osaka Contest.
Member of風流打楽 祭衆, P.A.N.KLANG, Trio TARISU, etc.
After 2001: Performs overseas including Canada, Central America and Seoul as the member of 祭衆.
May 2004: Released his first mini album “YARAIYA”
2003: Earns a reputation as the key player of the 1 month stage of “阿國わらう” in京都祇園甲部歌舞練場.
2003: Perfomed his first independent concert “りいちの匙加減” in Tottori and Kyoto.
January 2005: Formed the “Fluegel”, a和洋折衷 band and started it’s live performances.
June 2005: Earns a high reputation as first musical director with his unique world expressed in “CROXING”, a joint life of 祭衆 and GONNA performed in Kyoto and Nagoya.
As a freelance percussion instrument player, he performs widely in orchestra, chamber music, ensemble as well as Japanese drum player and Shamisen player. In addition to his performing activities all over the world, he also puts strength in instructing the youth of Japanese drum players in various places. He also co-performs with various genres such as dancers and Kyogen actors.