Programs

KIRIKU Handbell Ensemble

from April 16, 2020 to October 15, 2020 (JST)

Bingen: O Virtus Sapientiaeļ¼ O Quam Mirabilis 6:34
Bruckner: Ave Maria 3:23
Chopin: Nocturne No.2 Es-Dur Op.9-2 4:37
Bingen: O Virtus Sapientiaeļ¼ O Quam Mirabilis 6:34
Bruckner: Ave Maria 3:23
Chopin: Nocturne No.2 Es-Dur Op.9-2 4:37

Performed by : KIRIKU Handbell Ensemble
Recorded at : Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagami-ko Community Center, Multipurpose Hall


KIRIKU Handbell Ensemble

Kiriku Handbell Ensemble is a small "design team" of musicians founded under the leadership of Taiko Otsubo. A Japanese representative of leading-edge handbell performance. Ms. Otsubo - who studied and performed under noted Japanese director Katsumi Kodama - helped to establish handbell music as a concrete genre in the world of classical music in Japan. The members of the group also are skilled in wind and percussion instruments, and together they made their debut as Kiriku in 2004, performing before a sold-out audience at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall. Kiriku has attracted attention not only because of its unique configuration of only six ringers, but because of the group's technique and musicality. They play a variety of music, including classical, religious, jazz, popular, and traditional Japanese. They actively perform in major music halls around the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as other venues across Japan, and they regularly perform in collaboration with other instruments and vocal ensembles. They handle five and a half octaves of handbells mostly with only six ringers, and their moving and expressive concerts are popular throughout Japan. Their tours to the United States in 2007 and 2009 were highly praised as "the finest handbell artists in the world," and "equaled only by the finest symphony orchestras. "Kiriku has several CDs and DVDs, television performances, and a growing fan base both in Japan and United States, but their main is to advance the art and quality of handbell music.
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