Otonoha

Japanese instruments Duo project by Akira Sakaue and Kanako Otani.

They have performed in over 1,500 performances in 30 countries such as Europe, Middle East, Russia and Asia.
Their performance using Japanese traditional instruments such as Shamisen and Japanese flute, as well as Japanese drums is highly rated also in overseas, and continue their adventure while collaborating with various artists such as dancers, musicians and artworks.

The wing of Japanese sounds crosses all borders.

Akira Sakaue
Taiko

Akira’s fascination for Japanese drums started at the age of 10 when he realized for the first time how powerful and impressive the sound of the taiko is. He started taking lessons at a very young age. In 1995 Akira became a member of the former Japanese dance and percussion group Dadadadan Tenko with which he performed all over the world. Besides playing the taiko, Akira is also composing taiko music.

Akira Sakaue

1999   Holland Concert Tour New Zealand Concert Tour
2000   PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 (Tokyo Dome), 46th World Table Tennis Championships Opening Ceremony Osaka
2001   Performance in New York, USA, East Asian Olympics (Osaka Dome)
2002   European Concert tour, Athenes Festival (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens Greece)
2004   European Concert tour, The Middle East Concert tour (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt), The Baalbeck International Festival (Lebanon), Jerash Festival (Jordan), Cairo Citadel Music Festival (Egypt), Damascus International Festival (Syria)
2005   Nihon no Taiko (The National Theatre of Japan)
2006   European Concert tour
2007   Royal Flora Ratchaphruek (Thailland), Festival Spring of Culture (Bahrain)
2008   European Concert tour
2009   Poland Concert Tour
2010   European Concert tour
2011   The Netherlands – Germany Tour, Nishihonganji Otobutai (Kyoto)
2012   European Concert tour, Georgia – Armenia Concert Tour
2013   SAKURA Festival (Amstelveen, The Netherlands), 40th years of ASEAN – Japan friendship performance (Vietnam)
2014   European Concert tour, Israel performance, Concert in the Netherlands
2015   23th World Scout Jamboree, Japan Festival in Vietnam (Vietnam), Milano Expo (Italy)
2016   Russian Concert Tour (Russia, Moldova), Expo Antalya (Turkey), Japan Festival in Vietnam (Vietnam)
2017   Oerol Festival (Terschelling, The Netherlands), Vilnius Festival (Lithuania), Kinkakuji Otobutai (Kyoto)
2018   Concert in the Netherlands, Korean Concert Tour
2019   Huis Ten Bosch long-run performance
2020   Huis Ten Bosch long-run performance
2021   Memorial van Damme 2021 (Belgium), Camera Japan Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Otonoha & Feniks concert (Belgium), “Tsunagari” performance (The Netherlands)

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https://ja-jp.facebook.com/akira.sakaue.9

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https://www.instagram.com/sakaue_akira

 

Kanako Otani
Shamisen / Shinobue / Taiko

Kanako started playing the piano at the age of 3, wadaiko at the age of 5 and joined Japanese drums group ‘Dadadadan Tenko’ in 2003.
As a utility player who plays not only Japanese drums but also various Japanese traditional instruments such as shinobue, shamisen, and koto, she has joined many overseas performances such as European tours, Russia tours, and Asian tours.
Through projects beyond borders and genre, she continues to explore new possibilities for Japanese musical instruments.

Kanako Otani

2005   Nihon no Taiko (The National Theatre of Japan)
2006   European Concert tour
2007   Festival Spring of Culture (Bahrain)
2008   European Concert tour
2009   Poland Concert Tour
2010   European Concert tour
2011   Nishihonganji Otobutai (Kyoto)
2012   European Concert tour, Georgia – Armenia Concert Tour
2013   SAKURA Festival (Amstelveen, The Netherlands), 40th years of ASEAN – Japan friendship, performance (Vietnam)
2014   European Concert tour, Concert in the Netherlands
2015   23th World Scout Jamboree, Japan Festival in Vietnam (Vietnam), Milano Expo (Italy)
2016   Russian Concert Tour (Russia, Moldova), Expo Antalya (Turkey), STAR of ASIA (Kazakhstan), Japan Festival in Vietnam (Vietnam)
2017   Oerol Festival (Terschelling, The Netherlands), Vilnius Festival (Lithuania), Kinkakuji Otobutai (Kyoto)
2018   Concert in the Netherlands, Korean Concert Tour
2019   Russian Concert Tour, Huis Ten Bosch long-run performance
2020   Huis Ten Bosch long-run performance
2021   Memorial van Damme 2021 (Belgium), Camera Japan Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Otonoha & Feniks concert (Belgium), “Tsunagari” performance (The Netherlands)

Facebook
https://ja-jp.facebook.com/kanako.otani.54

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/kanako_otn

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