Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
Creative eisâ is a type of Japanese traditional Okinawa dance using wide variety of drums. Its routes goes back to dances and ceremonies used to celebrate the Obon festival, which honours the souls of the dead ancestors. Eisâ dance combines in its expressions steps and techniques from okinaiwan karate and modern music. This dynamic and joyful dance has gradually spread from Okinawa throughout Japan, where it is an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, and later also to other countries around the world.
Czech branch of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko was founded in 2019 by Kayoko Kimura and since then has been spreading joy already for 5 years, among Japanese culture lovers as well as among many other parts of the Czech society.
The ryûteki, (literally "dragon flute") is a Japanese transverse fue made of bamboo. It is used in gagaku, the Shinto classical music associated with Japan's imperial court. The sound of the ryûteki is said to represent the dragons which ascend the skies between the heavenly lights (represented by the shō) and the people of the earth (represented by the hichiriki).
Gotô Nobuhiro was born in Kyoto and began playing the shinobue and ryuteki flutes at an early age. He later served as a Shinto priest at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. Currently, he is a student at the Music Department of Tokyo University of Performing Arts, majoring in dragon flute. He is interested in performing classical and contemporary repertoire.