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