Yasuma Horio

—Tsugaru shamisen player—

 

It is not just about skill.

Sometimes noble

And sometimes unrestrained

A powerful sound that weeps with deep sorrow—

The world of Yasuma Horio.

 

Tsugaru shamisen player, born on August 25, 1970 in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture.

In May 2013, won the Nitabo Award and first prize in the General Section A class of the most prestigious Tsugaru Shamisen competition held in Kanagi-cho, Aomori, the 25th All Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Kanagi Competition. Won many other awards.

Invited to hold concerts both in Japan and overseas, in Russia, Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok) and more.

 

His sound and playing posture bring to life the scenery of Tsugaru.

He plucks the strings and hits them with the plectrum fiercely, from beginning to end.

The timbre thus spun resonates with the audience's hearts creating a sense of unity.

 

 

 

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Awards

2005 The 17th Tsugaru Shamisen All Nippon Kanagi Competition,Individual general category A class prize

2008 The 20th Tsugaru Shamisen All Nippon Kanagi Competition, Individual general category A class prize (Kazuo Daijo Award)

2009 The 6th Tsugaru Shamisen National Competition in Kobe Hyogo Prefectural Folk Song Federation Award

2011 The 23rd Tsugaru Shamisen All Nippon Kanagi Competition, Individual general category A class prize (Kazuo Daijo Award)

2013 The 25th Tsugaru Shamisen All Nippon Kanagi Competition, Individual general category A class Nitabo Award- the most prestigious Shamisen Award in Japan.

2013 Kagayaki Matsuyama Awards, TV Ehime Prize Winner

2014  Best Japan Tsugaru shamisen battle. Class A Vice champion

2014 The 26th Tsugaru Shamisen All Nippon Kanagi Competition, Individual general category A class Gunpachiro Shirakawa Award

2015 Thw 27th Tsugaru Shamisen All Nippon Kanagi Competition, Individual general category A class Momotaro Kurokawa Award,

etc.

 

 

History

1979 Enters the world of Tsugaru shamisen playing influenced by his father

1988 Studies as apprentice of Yoshinori Murakami (born in Inakadate)

1994 Returns to Matsuyama and begins to help his father's Gudo Sangen Yuyokai

1996 Tsugaru shamisen and Japanese drums ensemble "Dandan" is formed

2000 Japan-Korea Exchange, Ehime Global Citizen's Association. Jam session with Korean traditional music Samulnori (Korea)

From 2000 Appearances at Sapporo YOSAKOI Soran and Kochi Yosakoi Festivals. "Central Group" member (winning team of 2002)

2001 Singapore concert

2003 Bangkok concert

2009 Participates in Yasuko Nagamine theater performance as Tsugaru shamisen player

2010 Studies as apprentice of Toshihito Okamoto

2011 Co-stars in international concert "The one" (Korea) with traditional instrument players from 8 countries

2012 Co-stars in international concert "The one" (Korea) with traditional instrument players from 8 countries

2013 Ehime Prefectural Cultural Festival. Session with Japanese drums player Kazuki Hino & Mishima High School calligraphy live performance

2013 Collaboration with ink painting artist Hidekichi Shigemoto (Himegin Hall)

2015 "Ehime Night" held by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Japan (Tokyo)

From 2016 Regular live performance at Y's cafe. Monthly performance to help promote Tsugaru shamisen

2016 Ehime Prefecture and Russia, Orenburg State cultural exchange project. (Russia)

2016 Collaboration with Sign Language Songs × Tsugaru Shamisen "Aikotoba ~ Words are love"

2016 50th Matsuyama Festival winning prize as Team MOGA performer

2017

・Maniwa City, Okayama.  Co-stars in "Setsugetsufuuka - Serendipitous Japanese music"

・Tsugaru shamisen live concert (Osaka)

・ Uwajima Kiya Ryokan sponsored "Horio Yasuma Tsugaru shamisen evening ~ So no Kai"

・ Appearance in Kadoma City Lumiere Hall comedy event "WRIDE.12"

・ Co-stars in Yasuko Nagamine's Jacob Dance "Starvation Strait" (Tokyo)

 

・Performance at Katsuhito Noshi Municipal Government briefing
・Public talk "Passionate people from Ehime" 
・Jomyoji Temple Garden Suikinkutsu Concert
・Dogo summer festival Dan-Dan Live Event
・Solo live performance at Ehime Prefectural Eemon Festival 
・Yawatahama Minatto Culture Hall solo live performance  “Tsugaru Shamisen no Shirabe”
・Sign language songs x Tsugaru shamisen “Aikotoba- Words are Love” collaboration
・Ehime National Athletic Meet "Smiles for All", Smile Concert Dan-dan Live
・Kangetsukai live concert hosted by Uchiko Town, Ehime and Youkaichi Gokoku Townscape Preservation Center
・Hiroshima Piano Lounge Ako Shamisen Live Concert (Hiroshima)
・MUSIC JUNCTION "SugeR Village vol.24" solo live performance
・Tobe Ware Festival live performance
・Kikuma-cho Culture Festival live performance (Kikuma-cho)
・Hiroshima Kaburaya live performance (Hiroshima)

・Nagahama-cho Nanyo Premium Dining in Suemitsu House live performance

 

2018

・Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum live performance
・Habu Elementary School 6th Graders Send-off Party Talk & Live performance

・95th Anniversary of the Kado Tsuyama Branch.

Flower Exhibition Ikebana Saga Goryu and Tsugaru Shamisen “Full bloom” (Okayama)

・Maniwa City, Okayama  “Setsugetsu Fuka (Snow moon wind blooms)” joint performance (Okayama)

・Tsugaru Shamisen, Japanese drums, Awa Odori “Three Arts”

Tsugaru Shamisen and Japanese drums (Dan-Dan) (Kagawa)

・Bansuisou Villa Aisho-tei Terrace Concert Tsugaru Shamisen live performance
・Live concert sponsored by Soroptimist International Matsuyama
・Bansuisou Villa Tsugaru Shamisen night live performance
・Yasuko Nagamine, Jacob Dance "Sunset clouds" joint performance (Tokyo)
・Japan Committee for Economic Development performance
・Hino Motors Hinokko Hall Completion Commemoration Concert (Hiroshima)
・Yasuko Nagamine, Jacob Dance "Hunger Straits" joint performance (Tokyo)

・Matsuyama Shopping Arcade Project- Matsuyama Mitsukoshi

“Tsugaru Shamisen Evening” solo live performance

・Iyotetsu Takashimaya Summer Music Festa live performance
・Dogo Onsen Station automaton clock performance

・Matsuyama Festival Baseball Fist Dance Affiliated Companies Category.

Ehime Daihatsu Sales Association Performance/ Second Place

・Matsuyama Festival Baseball Fist Dance Affiliated Organizations Category.

Team MOGA Performance/ Winner

・Matsuyama Festival Baseball Samba Category. Team MOGA Performance/ Invited artist
・Korea Symphony Orchestra. Japan-Korea Joint Concert Welcome Party performance
・ Yawatahama Minatto Culture Hall solo live performance  “Tsugaru Shamisen no Shirabe”
・Habu Elementary School Athletic Meet 5th and 6th grades dance performance. Dan-Dan performance
・Nakayama Rice Paddy Art and Music Festival performance
・Ehime Prefecture Culture Festival/ Ehime Prefectural Komatsu High School Japanese Music Club Session
・MUSIC JUNCTION “SugeR Village vol.25” solo live performance
・Tobe Ware Festival live performance
・Yasuko Nagamine, Jacob Dance "Ancient Sounds into Eternity" joint performance (Tokyo)
・L'art de vie "Food and Music Traveling the World" live performance
・WstudioRED “OUT PUT (UNKNOWN)” HOLLOW Shamisen performer
・Iyotetsu Takashimaya Christmas Music Festa live performance

・Joint performance in "EL SOL Night" hosted by DANCE STUDIO MOGA

 

2019

・Emifull Masaki Tsugaru Shamisen live performance
・Odaiba Decks Tokyo Beach “Japanese/ Western Eclectic ”Gen“ joint live performance (Tokyo)
・Performed at Yokohama First “Hakuei Kim Piano Live” (Yokohama)
・Double-u studio "Explosive Comet" HOLLOW shamisen performer
・Waraku Festival -Wadaiko (Japnese drums) and Shamisen Feast- 
・YAHMAN 33 live performance 
・Dogo Onsen Festival
・Bansuisou Villa, "Bansuisou Villa Garden Live"
・The 10th Yoneya Memorial Concert
・Double-u studio"roar for more!! Vol.24” HOLLOW Shamisen performer
・Iyotetsu Takashimaya Tsugaru Shamisen and Wadaiko Dan-Dan Live
・Hojo community center and volunteering group Hibiki-sponsored Special Relaxing Light Blue Concert

・Shikoku Chuo City Lake Festival Executive Committee-sponsored Lake Festival

Tsugaru Shamisen live performance

・Dogo Onsen Summer Festival Dan-Dan live performance
・Double-u studio "Explosive Comet" HOLLOW shamisen performer
・Double-u studio "OUT PUT <UNKNOUN>" HOLLOW shamisen performer

・Matsuyama Festival Baseball Fist Dance Affiliated Companies Category.

Ehime Daihatsu Sales Association Performance/ Second Place

・Yasuma Horio × Aron Birth Commemorative live performance
・Hinomoto No.1 Shamisen and Shakuhachi, Yasuma Horio, Yasuyoshi Ohagi Concert & Dinner Show
・Iyo-no-Yu Hot spring, Kisuke-no-Yu Tsugaru Shamisen Concert
・Audi-sponsored Yasuma Horio and Hidekichi Shigemoto joint live performance
・Dechikonka 2019 Japanese Music Live Concert in Kihoku sponsored by Kihoku-cho
・MUSIC JUNCTION “SugeR Village vol.26” Yasuma Horio, Yasuyoshi Ohagi live performance
・Ehime Prefecture Eemon Festival 2019 live performance
・Release original CD [Spring Summer Fall Winter]
・Ehime Culture Foundation for the Promotion of Arts and Culture Dance Performance "The World of Akamarukyujyosyo"
・Performance at the 25th Japan-Korea Citizen Friendship Forum in Ehime
・The 8th Chongqing International Cultural Industry Expo (Chongqing, China)

 

 

 

Workshops

From 2001 Guest teacher at Matsuyama Habu Elementary School's "Traditional performing arts club."

2018 Ehime Prefectural Komatsu High School Japanese Music Club (Ehime Prefecture Culture Festival,

WS for Session Performance)

2019 Agency for Cultural Affairs and Traditional Culture Parent-Child Class

Project in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture