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Le Club Bachraf, a Japanese Takht(Classical Arabic Music Ensemble)


lcb2013-3.jpg [Le Club Bachraf is a classical Arabic music ensemble of Japanese musicians who studied in Tunisia. Its original and main members are June Chikuma(Nay) and Yoshiko Matsuda(Oud). Nao Koyasu(Vocal) joined in 2010. Le Club Bachraf participated in the 3rd Festival of Music at the Arab World Institute of Paris(2002), the 11th Festival of Arab Music in Cairo Opera House (2002). They gave a concert in Muharraq, Bahrain in 2003. They participated in the 22nd(2004), 23rd(2005), 24th(2006) and 25th(2007) Medina Festival,Tunis. They also participated in the 44th International Festival of Hammamet, Tunisia(2008). Gave concerts at Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center(Cairo 2011, 2012), Rachidia Institute Concert(Tunis 2013) and Tarnimet Festival(Tunis 2014). Released the album CD"Le Club Bachraf - Concert at Dar Rachidia".]

Le Club Bachraf is a takht(classical Arabic music ensemble) of Japansese musicians who studied in Tunis. Its original and main members are June Chikuma(Nay) & Yoshiko Matsuda(oud). Ensemble Yasmine(including Yasmine Trio) is a group which combines Le Club Bachraf with musicians who play Japanese traditional musical instruments(koto, shamisen & shakuhachi), which was especially active from 2000 to 2003 and made a concert tour in Tunisia in 2001(Monastir, Sfax and Tunis)organized by Ministy of Culture of Tunisia. Yasmine Trio participated in the 3rd Music Festival of l'Institut du monde arabe, France in May 2002. They also participated in the 11th Arab Music Festival of Cairo Opera House, Egypte in November 2002. Takako Nomiya(derboukka) joined Le Club Bachraf in 2003(resigned 2007), and Chisato Yagi(derboukka) joined in 2007(resigned 2013). Kyoko Oikawa(Violin) joined in 2010(resigned 2012). and Nao Koyasu(vocal) also joined in 2010.
Le Club Bachraf gave a concert in Muharraq, Bahrain in 2003 invited by Sheikha May of Ministry of Information of Bahrain. They participated in the 22nd(2004 November), 23rd(2005 October), 24th(2006 October) and 25th(2007 October) Medina Festival,Tunis. They also participated in the 44th International Festival of Hammamet, Tunisia(2008). Released the album CD"Le Club Bachraf - Concert at Dar Rachidia"(2013).


June Chikuma (Nay & Riqq)
Yoshiko Matsuda (Oud)
Nao Koyasu (Vocal & Derbouka)

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[Photo] Le Club Bachraf Concert at Dar Rachidia Tunis April 5th 2013
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Le Club Bachraf concert at Saad Zaghloul culture center Cairo 2012 - Inta Omri(YouTube)
Le Club Bachraf concert at Saad Zaghloul culture center Cairo 2012 - Lissa Fakir(YouTube)
Le Club Bachraf concert at Saad Zaghloul culture center Cairo 2012 - Naoubet el Khadhra(YouTube)

Le Club Bachraf Main Performances
1999.03 "East Meets West" concert organized by Tunisian Embassy, Shinjuku Bunka Center Hall, Tokyo.
1999.04 Friendship Concert between Seto city & Nabeul City, organized by Tunisian Embassy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall, Seto.
1999.10 Tunisian Music Concert, in the 2nd Tunisian Interdiciplinary Workshop on Science and Society, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo.
2000.03 "Ume Blossoms & Jasmin Night Concert" organized by Tunisian Embassy, Akasaka Prince Hotel, Tokyo.
2000.03 "Ume Blossoms & Jasmin Concert" organized by Tunisian Embassy, Takanawa Kumin Hall, Tokyo.
2000.12 Arab Music Lecture Concert, Hamamatsu Act City Hall.
2001.01 "Ensemble Yasmine Concert Tour in Tunisia" organized by Ministry of Culture, Tunisia & Embassy of Japan in Tunisia, supported by Japan Foundation, Monastir, Sfax, Tunis.
2001.03 "Ume Blossoms & Jasmin Concert 2001" organized by Tunisian Embassy, Hotel New Otani, Tokyo.
2001.09 Arab Music Concert, in Algerian Festival organized by Nagoya International Center, Nagoya.
2001.10 Tunisian Music Concert, in the 4th Tunisian Interdiciplinary Workshop on Science and Society, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo.
2002.04 "Tunisia Gala Dinner Concert" organized by Tunisian Embassy, Hilton Hotel, Tokyo.
2002.04 Yasmine Quartet Concert, the 72th Asahi Beer Lobby Concert, organized by Asahi Beer , Tokyo.
2002.05 The 3rd Music Festival, organized by l'Institut du Monde Arabe(Arab World Institute), Paris.
2002.07 Arab Music Lecture Concert, Ferris University, Yokohama.
2002.07 The 18th Tokyo Summer Festival, organized by Arion Foundation, Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo.
2002.07 Lecture Concert: "Charm of the Arab Music", Asahi Culture Center, Yokohama.
2002.09 Concert:" Japanese Music Meets Arab Music" organized by Shonan Living.Ltd, Kenchoji Temple, Kamakura.
2002.10 "African Film Festival of Tokyo 2002", Tokyo Photograph Museum, Tokyo.
2002.11 The 11th Arab Music Festival and Conference, organized by Caio Opera House, Cairo.
2002.11 Concert in Arabian Night Forum, organized by Hayashibara Foundation, Okayama International Center.
2003.01 New Year Concert in Kenko-Ji Temple, Yokohama.
2003.02 Arabo-Andalusian Music Concert, organized by Algerian Embassy, Meguro Persimmon Hall, Tokyo.
2003.06 Lecture Concert in Ryukoku University, Shiga.
2003.08 Tunisian Music Concert in UN Gallary, organized by UN House, Tokyo.
2003.08 "Niouson Arabesque Concert", Niouson Kannonkyoji Temple, Chiba.
2003.09 Arab Classical Music Concert, organized by Eurasia Travel Agency, Sabo-kaikan Halll, Tokyo.
2003.09 Lecture Concert: "Charm of the Arab Music", Asahi Culture Center, Yokohama.
2003.12 Le Club Bachraf Concert, organized by the the Ministry of Information, Bahrain.
2004.01 Lecture Concert: 'Arab Classical music' in Waseda University, Tokyo.
2004.03 Concert: 'Art and Culture in Turkey' organized by Shibuya Ward, Shibuya Ward Education Center, Tokyo.
2004.04 'The evening of Arab Classical Music' organized by Kashinokiyama Oyako Geijutsu Gekijo, Naruse Care Centre Hall, Tokyo.
2004.05 'Arab Classical Music Lecture Concert' organized byJapan Association for Middle East Studies, Liberty Hall of Meiji University, Tokyo.
2004.08 'Arab Classical Music Concert' organized by Tokyo Ginza Rotery Club, Ginza Tobu Hotel, Tokyo.
2004.08 'The Enchantement of Arab Music' organized by World Archaeological Academy, Tokyo.
2004.09 'Music of Arabian Nights,' Collaboration with Elie Achkar(qanoun), organized by National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.
2004.10 Concert in Seto City governmental 75th anniversary commemoration ceremony, Seto.
2004.10 Arab Music Lecture Concert organized by Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo.
2004.10 Guest performance NHK TV program of Arabic Conversation, Tokyo.
2004.11 Concerts in Dar Lasram and in Madressa Saheb Ettabaa, the 22nd Medina Festival,Tunis, Tunisia.
2004.12 Lecture Concert in Yokohama National University, Yokohama.
2005.03 Concert in Pease Festival, Chofu Nishi Seibu Public citizen's hall, Chofu.
2005.03 Study in Bait al Oud al Arabi, Hefny Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2005.06 Arab Music Concert organized by Japan-Tunisia Friendship Association, celebrating 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Tunisia, Reiyukai Shaka Hall, Tokyo.
2005.08 Arab Music Live, Asahi Culture Center,Yokohama .
2005.08 Concert at Marunouchi Building, Tokyo, organized by NPO 'Music on every corner'.
2005.09 Arabic Classical Music Concert organized by Arab Club, Kyoto Prefectural Center, Kyoto.
2005.10 Concert in Club Tahar Haddad, the 23rd Medina Festival,Tunis, Tunisia.
2006.02 NPOsMachikadoni ongakuwot Marunouchi Building Special Concert, Tokyo, Marunouchi Building@1F Maru Cube.
2006.03 Century Court and Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco" Tokyo, Century Court Roppongi.
2006.04 Embassy of Tunisia in Japan and Chiyoda City "Tunisian Music Concert" Tokyo, Ikiiki Plaza Ichibancho Cascade Hall.
2006.05 Okazaki City and National Museum of Ethnology "Grand Exhibition of the Arabian Night" Okazaki-shi, Okazaki Mindscape Museum.
2006.05 Latia and Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Moroccan Night" Tokyo, Cafe Latia Harajuku.
2006.07 Embassy of Tunisia in Japan and City Club of Tokyo "Tunisian Night" Tokyo, City Club of Tokyo.
2006.09 Eurasia Travel@"The 47th Forum of Egypt - Classical Arabic Music Concert" Tokyo, Shakai Bunka Kaikan.
2006.10 Concert in Cobbat Nahass Palace, the Manouba Festival,Manouba, Tunisia.
2006.10 Concert in Dar Lasram, the 24th Medina Festival,Tunis, Tunisia.
2007.10 Concert in Club Tahar Haddad, the 25th Medina Festival,Tunis, Tunisia.
2007.10 Guest performance Hannabal TV program "Ramadan Tent" Tunis, Tunisia.
2007.12 American School in Japan "Winter Fest" American School in Japan, Chofu, Tokyo.
2007.12 Bahrain National Day Reception, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.
2008.02 Tunisia Night organized by ATT JASMIINE, Tsukuba Capio Hall, Tsukuba.
2008.02 Welcome Reception of Mr. Khaled Minister of Foreign Affairs, organized by Embassy of Bahrain, Imperial Hetel, Tokyo.
2008.02 Koweit National Day Reception, organized by Embassy of Koweit, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.
2008.03 Arab Day Reception, organized by Arab Embassies in Japan, Palace Hotel, Tokyo.
2008.04 Welcome Reception of Mr. Abdellha Kallal, organized by Embassy of Tunisia, Residence of Tunisian Ambassador, Tokyo.
2008.05 Algeria Tea Party, organized Fuso-sha Royal Road, Residence of Algerian Ambassador, Tokyo.
2008.07 Senzoku Music Showcase at Omotesando, World Music Tour, Asia, ' India and Arab', organized by Senzoku Gakuen College of Muisic. Concert Salon Pauze, Tokyo.
2008.07 Charofat el Madina, Radio Culture, Tunis, Tunisia.
2008.07 Le Club Bachraf Concert, Japan Musical Week 2008, 4eme Art Theatre, Tunis, Tunisia.
2008.07 44th session of Hammamet International Festival, Hammamet, Tunisia.
2009.01 University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo "Classical Arabic Music Lecture Concert" Tokyo, University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo, Miyashiro Hall.
2009.03 Tokyo International Exchange Center "Tunisian Day" Tokyo, Tokyo International Exchange Center.
2009.03 Embassy of Algeria in Japan "Japan - Algeria Center Opening Ceremony" Tokyo, Embassy of Algeria in Japan.
2009.04 Embassies of the Arab League "Japan-Arab Music Night(Japan-Arab Week 2009) Tokyo, Akasaka Kumin Hall.
2009.07 Embassy of Algeria in Japan "Algeria-Japan Friendship Reception" Tokyo, Embassy of Algeria in Japan.
2009.07 Embassy of Egypt in Japan "The Egyptian Cultural Center in Tokyo Opening Ceremony"Tokyo, The Egyptian Cultural Center in Tokyo.
2009.07 Embassy of Egypt in Japan "Egypt National Day Reception" Tokyo, Embassy of Egypt in Japan.
2009.07 "The Legacy of Carthage Exhibition" Sendai City Museum, Sendai-shi.
2009.07 Ishinomaki International Exchange Association "Tunisia Marugoto Fair 2009 - Tunisian Music Night" Ishinomaki City, Ishinomaki Grand Hotel.
2009.07 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo.
2009.09 Embassy of Egypt in Japan "JATA International Tourism Forum 2009" Tokyo, Tokyo Big Sight.@
2009.10 La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art "Le Club Bachraf Concert" Manama, Bahrain, la fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art.
2009.10 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Japan-Morocco Friendship Association Reception, Tokyo, Moroccan ambassador's residence.
2009.11 Japan-Morocco Association "Moroccan Night" Tokyo, Syufu Kaikan Plaza-f.
2009.11 Embassy of Bahrain in Japan "Bahrain-Japan Friendship Reception" Tokyo, Imperial Hotel.
2009.11 Embassy of Lebanon in Japan "Lebanon National Day" Tokyo, Lebanese ambassador's residence.
2010.03 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Moroccan Inspiration Dinner Party" Tokyo, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Roppongi.
2010.03 Embassy of Tunisia in Japan "Tunisia FOODEX JAPAN 2010 Reception" Tokyo, The Tokai University Club.
2010.04 Embassies of the Arab League "Japan-Arab Day(Japan-Arab Week 2010) Tokyo, Mandarin Oriental.
2010.04 Embassy of Morocco in Japan Reception, Tokyo, Moroccan ambassador's residence.
2010.06 The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan and Embassy of Egypt in Japan "Egyptian Night" Tokyo, Yurakucho Denki Building.
2010.07 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo.
2010.10 Embassy of Egypt in Japan "Princess Takamado Painting Exhibition" Tokyo, Egyptian ambassador's residence.
2010.11 Ibn Khaldun Foundation "International Workshop on Understanding Tunisia Part 2" Tokyo International Exchange Center.
2010.11 Art Med Nabeul "Festival Shoumous" La maison de la culture de Nabeul, Nabeul, Tunisia.
2011.01 Embassy of Egypt in Japan "Le Club Bachraf Concert" Tokyo, JICA Global Plaza 3F Hall, Hiroo.
2011.08 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo.
2011.08 JSPS Cairo Research Station "Le Club Bachraf Concert" Saad Zaghloul Culture Center(Beit el-Umma)ACairo, Egypt.
2011.09 University of Tokyo Global COE "Egyptian-Japanese International Symposium 2011 - Commemorating the Dead in a Time of Global Crisis" Tokyo, University of Tokyo, Yamanoue Kaikan.
2011.10 Embassy of Morocco in Japan Reception, Tokyo, Moroccan ambassador's residence.
2011.12 Embassy of Morocco in Japan Reception, Tokyo, Moroccan ambassador's residence.
2012.02 Embassy of Morocco in Japan Reception, Tokyo, Moroccan ambassador's residence.
2012.04 Embassy of Bahrain in Japan "Bahrain Now - The 40th anniversary of Bahrain-Japan establishment of diplomatic relations" Tokyo, Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
2012.06 Embassy of Oman in Japan Reception, Embassy of Oman, Tokyo.
2012.06 Minato-Ku International Assosiation "Bahrain Day", Mita NN Hall, Tokyo.
2012.07 Nihonbashi Takashimaya "Kingdom of Morocco", Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo.
2012.07 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo.
2012.08 JSPS Cairo Research Station "Le Club Bachraf Concert" Saad Zaghloul Culture Center(Beit el-Umma)ACairo, Egypt.
2012.08 Mitsukoshi & the Embassy of Oman in Japan "Sultanate of Oman", Embassy of Oman, Tokyo.
2012.12 Embassy of Bahrain in Japan "Bahrain National Day" Tokyo, Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
2013.04 Rachidia Institute "Le Club Bachraf Concert", Dar Rachidia, Tunsia.
2013.04 Yoshito Sekiguchi "76th Ongaku Yobanashi" Com.Cafe Otokura Shimokitazawa, Tokyo.
2013.07 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo.
2013.09 JATA Tabihaku 2013 "Classical Tunisian Music Concert", Tokyo Big Site.
2013.09 Setagaya Geijutsu Hyakka 2013 gUmegaoka The Nama Enta 2ndhTokyo, Pan no Fue
2013.10 The 23rd Hirakawacho Musics "Classical Arabic Music Concert", Rogoba, Tokyo.
2013.10 Album CD "Le Club Bachraf - Concert at Dar Rachidia" released.
2013.12 Fumio Koizumi Memorial Concert"Fethno", Aoyama CAY, Tokyo
2014.03 The National Art CenterhPower of Image - Classical Arabic Music ConcerthTokyo, The National Art Center
2014.07 Rachidia Institute gTarnimet2014 - Le Club Bachraf Concert", Dar Rachidia, Tunsia.
2014.09 JATA Tourism EXPO JapanhClassical Tunisian Music ConcerthTokyo, Tokyo Big Sight
2014.09 (Nao Koyasu)MBChArab Idolh Season 3, Dubai, Beirut
2014.11 Seto City International CenterhThe 10th anniversary of Seto/Nabeul twinning - Tunisian Music ConcerthSeto City, Tsubaki Hall
2014.11 Setagaya Geijutsu Hyakka 2014 gUmegaoka The Nama Enta 3rdhTokyo, Gallery Gala
2014.12 Embassy of Bahrain in Japan "Bahrain National Day" Tokyo, Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
2015.07 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo.
2015.09 JATA Tourism EXPO Japan 2015hClassical Tunisian Music ConcerthTokyo, Tokyo Big Sight
2015.10 Tama Art University Homecoming Day 2015 Tokyo, Tama Art University Hachioji campus
2016.03 (Yoshiko Matsuda)Festival "The Nights of Bardo Museum " organized by the Tunisian Ministry of Culture of Tunisia, National Bardo Museum, Tunisia.
2016.05 Embassy of Kuwait in Japan "Welcome Reception for the PM of Kuwait H.H. Sheikh Jaber" Tokyo, Kuwait Embassy.
2016.07 JSPS & Tama Art University gHirameki-Tokimeki Science - Arabic Musich Tokyo, Tama Art University.
2016.08 Embassy of Morocco in Japan "Morocco National Day" Tokyo, Palais Hotel Tokyo.
2016.09 Japan Arabic Calligraphy Associasion "Sand Rose 2016" Kawasaki, Art Garden Kawasaki.
2016.09 JATA Tourism EXPO JapanhClassical Tunisian Music ConcerthTokyo, Tokyo Big Sight
2016.09 Embassy of Tunisia and MITSUKOSHIhTunisia presentation eventhTokyo, Tunisian Embassy



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