Tag Archives: Japanese music in Barcelona

Japanese artists Soubugen in Barcelona

5 Apr

From the land of perfection, control, rigid hierarchies and near religious protocol and etiquette, come the craziest, funniest artists I have ever met.

Soubugen are an art duo who play new and evolving sounds with traditional instruments. Hisao Suginak plays a traditional Japanese string instrument, the Shamisen. Hisao on his Shamisen is not unlike watching a lead guitarist in a rock n roll band go off on one! Think Japanese Jimmy Hendrix.

Sarya Yuko, is a Japanese dancer who also plays the Tambura, a traditional string instrument from India. Together the duo create a fantastic show.

The couple live in Sapporo a city on the island of Hokkaido and have been visiting Spain and Barcelona for the last 4 to 5 years. Speaking little English, less Spanish and the language of music, they make friends wherever they go and love nothing better than finding other musicians to jam with. Don’t miss them this season!

Soubugen performances:

1. Friday, 6th of April
Venue: Dos Trece, 40 Carrer de Carme, 08001
Time: 9 pm

2. Traditional Japanese dance workshop by Yuko
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Venue: Espai Ku, Canvis Nous 1
Two classes, both two hours long for 20 Euros. Ladies, you get to dress up in kimonos and dance about. To book your place, call the organiser at Ku -657 73 83 96 chisatoceramica@yahoo.es

3. Tuesday 19 April
Venue: Espai Ku
Time: 8pm

For more concert dates visit their facebook page. Hanging about the internet and facebooking isn’t their thing, so if you have questions about any of their shows, get in touch with the venue.