The only Japanese chamber music ensemble in Montréal, Québec.
1997, Emiko Toguchi, Michel Dubeau and Bruno
Deschênes have been dedicating themselves to the promulgation
of Japanese music in Québec. Emiko Toguchi plays
the koto, the Japanese table zither, with its harplike sound. Michel
Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes play the shakuhachi,
the well-known Japanese bamboo flute, traditionnally played by Japanese
Zen Buddhist monks. The three musicians have been playing together since
1997, and have created the Matsu Take ensemble in 2002. The fourth member
of the ensemble is Kayo Yasuhara, who joined the group
in the Spring of 2006. She has a training in theater (Noh and Kabuki),
traditional dance and Japanese percussion. Since the spring of 2008, the Matsu Take ensemble has a new member: percussionnist Ignatius Kim, who has been a member of Montreal-based Japanese taiko ensemble Arashi Daiko. In 2013, the Matsu Take ensemble got a new member: Yumiko Kano who plays the koto.
These musicians are performing Japanese chamber classical and contemporary
music, as well as folk songs. Japanese classical music has a typically
Buddhist character. It is even considered by many as a meditation music,
especially the solo repertory of the shakuhachi, which is originally one
of meditation music. Japanese music has a profound serenity, while deeply
linked to nature and spirituality.
The ensemble is available to perform during corporative and private events, as well as cocktails or any other events link to Japan. The musicians can perform in solo, duet, in trio or quartet. On some occasions, well-known Montreal percussionnist Patrick Graham joins them as guest percussionist.
Please, click here to visit us at the following sites to see some videos and hear some music of our Ensemble:
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© 2002-2019 Bruno Deschênes.
Design by Kwok Minh Tran. Artworks by Shizuko Matsunaga. Photos by Bruno Deschênes.
For further information, please contact Bruno Deschênes at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
or by mail at 50, Hudson Ave., apt. 102, Mont-Royal, Montréal (Québec) H3R 1S6. Telephone: (514) 277-4665.
Last update: February 8, 2019.