Journey To Big Country / O'Jizo
O'Jizo OFFICIAL WEBSITE
The Irish Traditional Music Unit from Japan.
2008年、ライブレコーディングアルバム「Live at KENNY’s」（未流通）発表。2010年、コンピレーションアルバム「TOKYO IRISH GENERATION」参加。2011年、初のアルバム「Highlight」発表。その後、フィドルの内藤希花が活動休止となり、3人編成となる。 首都圏各地のアイリッシュ・パブをはじめ、学校での芸術鑑賞会や屋外イベント、海外のダンサーを交えての演奏、全国各地でのツアー等様々な場所で演奏している。
2014年、テレビ東京「オレゴンを歩く〜LONG TRAIL HIKING〜」テーマソングを担当。
2016年10月、アメリカ・ポートランドにて現地のミュージシャンを交えての録音を敢行。同ツアー中、ワシントン・Ocean Shoresで開催された「Galway Bay Celtic Music Feis」に出演。
O’Jizo are the instrumental band of Irish music, from Japan, since 2008. Members are Kozo Toyota - Flute, Koji Nagao - Guitar, and Hirofumi Nakamura - Bouzouki and Accordion. They play not only Irish music but also original tunes composed by themselves. Their performance fascinates a wide range of fans with various kinds of arrangement and large scale music filled with energy. They released “Live at KENNY’s” in 2008, "TOKYO IRISH GENERATION” - compilation album in 2010, and “Highlight” in 2011. Since then, Mareka Naito - Fiddle, has taken a long rest and O’Jizo have been a three piece band. They have a lot of gigs in Irish pub in Tokyo, and besides they play at school concerts, festivals and so on all over Japan, sometimes with dancers from overseas. They composed and recorded the theme music of TV program, "Walking in Oregon - Long Trail Hiking -" by Colombia, in 2014.
Koji Nagao started to learn to play Irish music with guitar at several sessions in Ennis, co.Clare, Ireland. He is good at making sharp rhythm in the groove. He is a member of HARMONICA CREAMS , tricolor , MODERN IRISH PROJECT and so on. His band go to EU to take part in Celtic music festival in Galicia and Asturias every year since 2012 and receive high praise.https://www.kojinagao.com
Kozo Toyota is born in Tokyo in 1981. B.A. in Musicology and Master of Music Education in Tokyo University of the Arts. He started to learn Irish music when he was 24 years. He founded O’Jizo, Toyota Ceili Band, ToraToraTora and so on, several music units. He is also member of VOICE SPACE, new style poetry leading and music group. And besides he plays Japanese traditional music with mainly bamboo flute at Ohayashi and Kagura team in his local shrine, too. He took part in a lot of recordings of musicians, singers, movie, TV drama, TV program and TV game. He is the first Japanese who played at competitions of All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. He took part in a lot of music festivals in Ireland and was picked up by media like RTE. He performed in the presence of Her Majesty the Empress Michiko and received high praise from her.http://www.kozo-toyota.com/
Hirofumi Nakamura was born in Hokkaido. He started to play the piano when he is very young. Through his student days, he became a multi player, who can play the guitar, the bouzouki, the accordion and the mandolin. He is a member of several Irish music bands, like tricolor, John John Festival, O’Phan and so on. He also plays as support musician for several singer song writers, bands and recordings. And besides, he is a member of a accordion duo, momo Tsubaki*, that compose and play music for drama and contemporary dance. He played at a musical "The cat that lived a million times” in 2012. He performed at Illawarra Folk Festival in Australia, and played at “WALLFLOWER” by Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company in 2014. B.A. in Musical Creativity and Environment in Tokyo University of the Arts.http://hirofuminakamura.com/