AGA-SHIO Concert

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019
August 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

In the spirit of celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations, The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents AGA-SHIO, a Tsugaru-shamisen and piano duo that blend the passionate energy of Japanese folk music together with contemporary music, creating an entirely new form of Japanese music. AGA-SHIO are Hiromitsu Agatsuma on the three stringed Tsugaru-shamisen, and Satoru Shionoya on Piano.

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 7:30 PM (doors open at 7 PM)
Tickets (HST included): General $25 / JCCC members $22
General Seating. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets may be purchase at TicketWeb or JCCC Reception, 416-441-2345.

Presented by the Japan Foundation, Toronto
For more info: JFTOR.ORG/AGA-SHIO

 Hiromitsu Agatsuma (Shamisen Player) began playing the Tsugaru-shamisen at age six. He won in numerous competitions, becoming a renowned performer in the traditional Japanese music scene since his youth. His reputation grew as he incorporated genres such as jazz and rock into his music, and made his major debut in 2001. His first and sixth albums won the prestigious “Japan Gold Disk Award”; his second album was released in the United States in 2003, for which he made his first tour overseas. He has performed in Australia, Brazil, and Russia, as well as in various countries throughout Asia and Europe. Agatsuma has collaborated with numerous artists such as Marcus Miller (B) and Herbie Hancock.

Satoru Shionoya Pianist/Composer/Producer) studied music composition at Tokyo University of the Arts. While he was still a student he started his 10 year career as the pianist of the Japanese salsa band Orquesta De La Luz (1986-1996). The group won the United Nations Peace Medal in 1993 and was a U.S. Grammy Award nominee in 1995. During this time, he performed with Tito Puente, Dave Valentin and Santana. While still with the group he started working as a solo artist in 1993, and has released over 12 original albums to date. His musical activities are diverse, composing and arranging scores in a wide array of genres including jazz, pops, classical, Big Band and for full orchestras.