Music influenced by Indigenous cultures. Traditional Culture styles fused with modern electronics created new styles in JAZZ & other genres.
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Formed by Dan Kuramoto and June Kuramoto (the only Japan native in the band, and one of the world's leading koto players), Hiroshima became a thriving and pioneering instrumental ensemble with the addition of master taiko drummer Johnny Mori and drummer/percussionist Danny Yamamoto. Hiroshima became popular in the smooth jazz community upon the release of its 1985 album Another Place, which spawned the crossover hit "One Wish." Ancient instruments native to Asian cultures influenced the bands fusion sound, many refer to as Smooth Jazz. The koto is a traditional Japanese instrument that came to Japan from China around 700 AD. It is a soft, porous wood that gives the deep, warm sound, like a harp. Japanese taiko drums are used in both Japanese folk and classical musical traditions.
Hiroshima has borrowed from numerous cultures - Asian, Latin American, African American and more - and merged these influences into a unique and innovative whole that is solely their own. The result is a brand of music that speaks to nearly every aspect of contemporary culture. For more info on past and current members click here
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