To be honest, what the world doesn't need is another young Tsugaru shamisen player mixing in a bit of western music into the folk music of Aomori. On the other hand, to get noticed in this overcrowded genre, you've got to be pretty good, and Hiroshi Yamaguchi (nothing to do with the rock band Heatwave by the way) to be fair, is not only talented but has cut his teeth in all the right places. He's performed in kabuki, Japanese traditional dance, has collaborated with a host of other artists, played several solo concerts, appeared on TV,done radio, various recordings and workshops. On Kuromaru, Yamaguchi's shamisen is played alongside various western instruments on an album still steeped in tradition.
1. Kuro Senpu 2. Arcadia 3. Kujira no Jomon 4. Yuki 5. Jigokudayu no Yume 6. Gensokyoku, Shofu 7. Planetary Core 8. Gama 9. Uminari o Tsubaki 10. Hi no Koya