Yoshida Brothers

Ever since I stumbled upon the Yoshida Brothers music I have been blasting their tunes everywhere I go.  Although it is an acquired taste, I find the transition to semi-traditional Japanese music easy.  That’s probably due to the fact that I have been listening to the Black Mages for 2 months straight.

The Yoshida Brothers blend traditional Japanese folk music with modern styles including techno, hip hop, rock, blues, and more.  I find the most gripping songs to be the traditional Japanese styles blended with a solid almost techno backbeat.  I especially dig the song Kodo (Inside the Sun Remix).  That whole song is a great soundtrack when driving through a busy city at night.  Another track that gets my head bobbing is “Rising”, right at 1:45 the beat mixed with the jamming strings hits this solid groove that just makes me yell “yeah!”

I’m not going to make this a long post, but after reading this article you better log into iTunes and check out the Yoshida Brothers!
Yoshida Brothers

Professional Bio:
In their relatively short professional lives, the Yoshida Brothers have had quite an impact on the modern music landscape. The Hokkaido-born brothers Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida have become recognized masters of their signature instrument, the tsugaru-shamisen. Originating in China in the 16th Century, the three-stringed instrument found its way to Japan through traveling folk musicians and became an integral element of Japanese classical music. The Yoshida Brothers have now taken the tsugaru-shamisen further than any other modern musician, practically reinventing its sound, leading to a musical style both firmly rooted in the traditions of the past and boldly looking forward to the future.

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.