Kô Ishikawa plays the traditional Japanese mouth-organ, shô. Born in 1963 in Tokyo, he studied this more than 4000 years-old instrument and the traditional Japanese courtly music gagaku under the masters Mayumi Miyata, Hideaki Bunno and Sukeyasu Shiba. In 1987, he became a member of the Gagaku ensemble Reigakusha, one of the groups trying to develop this traditional music discretely. With this ensemble and as a soloist Ishikawa is often to be heard at big European festivals. Hence his style on the shô in playing either traditional or new music is celebrated not only in Tokyo but also in Vienna, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. Kô Ishikawa has often played together with Otomo Yoshihide in the group Cathode and in the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 made recordings with Gene Coleman.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
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The New Sound Experience
(20 January 04 - 29 January 04)