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EITETSU FU-UN no KAI
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Function: player
Company: EITETSU FU-UN no KAI
http://www.eitetsu.net/

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Top young taiko drummers active in Japan who resonate with Eitetsu Hayashi's music make up this unit. It has a fluid membership of 10 or so drummers. In addition to performances of Hayashi's original composition, Shichisei, for big taiko ensemble, the necessary number of drummers join in when Hayashi, who has a career as a soloist, creates an ensemble. "Fu-Un no Kai" in the dictionary refers to a favorable opportunity for a great man to take advantage of a situation to achieve his aspirations. The phrase was put to use as the name of the unit because it reflects the spirit of the unit activities. Since the unit was founded in 1995, its overwhelming power and live performances have elicited a strong response around the country. It has participated in Hayashi's acoustic tour as well as ensemble tours "Hikari wo Maku Hito" and "A Lotus Flower Along the Water Channel." Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai has also participated in festivals like the Japan-Korea Music Festival. In addition, the members each pursue their own careers in unit and as soloists in the regions where they are from. The summer of 2005 marked the 10th anniversary of the unit. Since that time, it has started full-fledged activities as an independent unit with Shuichiro Ueda, Kenichi Koizumi, Mikita Hase, Hiroyuki Hattori, and Makoto Tashiro as key members.







Eitetsu Fu-un no Kai
Overseas Performances
The unit delights the audience with an extraordinary taiko ensemble in various formats while exhibiting the individuality of each member. Inheriting Hayashi's aesthetic sense, the unit puts on a tight show with a good, grainy sound, tone sequences that flexibly combine the slow and fast, strong and weak, and polished sound landscapes.

Recommended CD/DVD
A Lotus Flower Along the Water Channel: Hayashi Eitetsu Concert Tour 01 & 02 (Video)
HALV-005, HAL
6,500yen
Live video from concerts held by Eitetsu Hayashi in 2001 and 2002. Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai participates in a composition of the same name created by Hayashi. It is inspired by the life of forester Takumi Asakawa, who lived in Korea during colonial times. This deeply moving story told in music unfolds on a grand scale.


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