Marco Lienhard - Master of Shakuhachi, Taiko and Fue
Marco Lienhard studied the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly mastering the instrument and becoming a virtuoso solo artist. Marco Lienhard mastered Taiko drumming as a member of Ondekoza for 18 years. While touring as a professional taiko player in Japan, Lienhard also studied the fue and the nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Yukimasa Isso. In 1995, Lienhard founded Taikoza in New York, where he now makes his home. With Taikoza he has toured, the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe. Lienhard has performed more than 3000 concerts in Europe, Oceania, Asia and North and South America with appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has contributed to many movies, documentaries and CDs, has done several recordings with Ondekoza, Taikoza and has two critically acclaimed shakuhachi recording. Marco Lienhard has appeared on many TV shows including the Regis and Kathie Lee Show, the PBS special A World of Performances (the 20th Anniversary Gala of Wolf Trap), a documentary for Canadian National TV, MTV and NBC's 1998 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the televised Sumo tournament at Madison Square Garden. He was the featured shakuhachi player in the American premiere of the Temple of the Golden Pavilion with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and premiered the Piece: Voyage X by T. Hosokawa for Shakuhachi and Chamber Ensemble at Juilliard. He has collaborated with many N American Taiko groups, Kodo members and many Japanese musician including Southern All Stars. Concerts in Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Republic of Georgia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Oceania, etc. He toured Japan with Carnegie Kids program. He regularly teaches and performs in Japan, South America, US and Russia. His best selling albums include award nominated Taikoza Cd, best selling Music of Hayao Miyazaki 1 and 2 Cd. He recently recorded two albums for Piano and Shakuhachi; the critically acclaimed: Travelers's Song as well as the Classical music collection: Rêverie. He recorded music for the new Nintendo wii game Red Steel 2. In 2015., he released two CDs of his music composed and arranged for Taikoza: Voice of the Earth and Tree Spirit.
East Winds Ensemble CD: Music of. studio Ghibli 2017- Music can be found on iTunes and CDbaby.com
Learn how to play the Shinobue book is available on Amazon.com
リーンハードマルコ - 太鼓、尺八，笛
EAST WINDS ENSEMBLE
The East Winds Ensemble was formed in 1999 in New York City. The purpose of the group is to present concerts of traditional and modern music performed on Japanese traditional instruments, the shakuhachi and the koto. The members of the group are Ryuko Mizutani, Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard. Performances have taken the group to Japan, Mexico, Europe and around the US. The members have performed in some of the world’s most renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka Festival Hall. Past concerts include, Symphony Space in New York, Salamanca Hall in Gifu Japan, concert in Tokyo, Museum of Art of Gifu, Concert for World Music Institute in New York, U of Maryland, Gettysburg College, Wesleyan College, University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, University of Missouri, St. Louis. Recording for Nintendo for a new game: “Red Steel”. In 2005, they released a CD and are working presently on a second CD. www.taikoza.com Repertory: Haru No Umi, Haru No Yo, Prime Numbers, Aika, Houshun, Seki shun, Itotake, Kaze no Uta, Tori no You ni, Sanan, Sanya, Chidorui no Kyoku, Aki no koto no HA, Jougen No Kyoku, Emu, Umi no Aosa ni, and many others. Notes on the instruments: The shakuhachi is an end blown bamboo flute with four holes in the front and one hole in the back. It was used as a form of Buddhist meditation. In the Meianji temple in Kyoto, monks used to play these pieces as part of their training. The monk’s philosophy can be defined by the following words “Ichion Joubutsu,” which means, “ a single note to reach enlightenment or Buddhahood”. It was used later in court music ensemble as accompaniment to the koto and the shamisen (a three stringed banjo-like instrument). Over the years, its presence in popular music has increased and it can now be heard in a wide range of genres. It is believed that it came to Japan from China and perhaps India along with Buddhism- it was then a six hole instrument.
East Winds, Inc. - Not for Profit 501-c-3 organization
EAST WINDS, INC. is a tax exempt, not for profit 501 c 3 organization that helps bring high quality Japanese and other Asian music concerts, events, lectures, workshops,etc top the community. We offer programs for Public schools , communities. Help us achieve our goal and donate to the organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. We will send you a receipt if you need one. Any amount can and will help to educate new audiences about Asian cultures.