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Ryoichiro Yoshida and Kenichi Yoshida are two brothers who make use of Shamisens, which are traditional Japanese string instruments, to modernize the traditional Japanese music styles into their own. Since they were about five years old, they spent many years of their lives studying the Shamisen. In 1989, they began studying the Tsugaru-jamisen style, which refers to a form of Shamisen that is larger and has thicker strings. The Yoshida Brothers are very well-known for their unique use of the shamisen, but they also incorporate drums and synthesizers into their creative mix. At a glance, they seem very traditional. The truth is that these boys bring a unique modern style of their own to the table.

Ryoichiro and Kenichi made their debut as The Yoshida Brothers in 1999 Japan, which sold over 100,000 copies. From 1999 to 2004, they released five Japanese albums. In 2003, they released their first International Album, which... read more
Author: SharleyRabbit last update: 2010-01-20
Yoshida Brothers

Status:  Major - active
Period:  1999 - present
Genre:  classical / progressive

Tsugaru-shamisen* : Ryoichiro Yoshida (吉田 良一郎)
Tsugaru-shamisen : Yoshida Kenichi (吉田 健一)

* Tsugaru-shamisen is a traditional Japanese instrument similar to a guitar