Joji Hirota 廣田 丈自 Official Website, Japanese Composer and Musician based in London UK

BIOGRAPHY

Joji Hirota

Composer, Japanese Taiko Drummer, Multi-Percussionist,
Shakuhachi player and Singer

Joji's prolific career spans over 30 years and 16 albums, sculpting dynamic landscapes of rhythm and haunting melodies with the themes of nature and the beauty in every day life. Since receiving a commendation from the UK Japanese Embassy from Ambassador Orita in 2003 for his contribution to Japanese culture overseas through his musical activities, he has continued to work on a vast number of diverse projects, and with his recent 'Beyond The Requiem' charity concert tours with the London Metropolitan Orchestra in the UK and Japan, has strived to make a difference by supporting the people affected by the Earthquake disaster of 2011 through music.

2012
Orchestrated a series of folk songs specially for Fundraising Charity Concerts in Japan to perform with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, with a special edition of "Esashi Oiwake" where all proceeds go to the disaster fund.
Performance at the National Theatre in London
2011
Beginning of a series of Fundraising Charity Concerts in wake of the Tsunami Disaster in Tohoku Japan
2010
Various tours including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Jah Wobble and the Scottish Flute Trio
2009
Composed and performed on album "Waterfall of Time" for the Scottish Flute Trio
2008
Performances at Womad Festival Australia / New Zealand
Guest performer at the Kremlin Palace with the Terem Quartet
2007
Chosen as one of the top 100 Japanese Respected In The World by Newsweek
Opening act for the LIVE EARTH concert at Wembley Stadium
2006
Toured UK and Europe with The JJK Project (Hirota, John Kaizan Neptune & Kenny Endo) before releasing an album
2003
Awarded the Ambassador's commendation award by the UK Japanese Embassy for his contribution to musical activity outside of Japan in recognition of his achievements throughout his career spanning over 30 years
2002
Album "The Gate" Japanese version released by EMI Japan
2001
Tour the UK new project Tozai (Violin: M. Kino, Piano: R. Fujisawa, Shakuhachi: H. Kato)
2000
Percussionist and Co-Composer for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Macbeth
1999
Album "The Gate" released from Real World Records in the UK
1993
Trisan receive Tower Records New York's Best Contemporary Music album
1991
Formed Trisan with musicians Guo Yue and Pol Brennan
1980s
Founded Joji Hirota and the Taiko Drummers
1975
Won Time Out Award for Best Dance Company for The Lindsay Kemp Dance Company's production of Onnagata, for which Joji wrote and performed the music as Musical Director
1971
Travels to Europe, first as a musician at Stom Yamashita's Red Buddha Theatre, eventually to become Musical Director
1966
Studied Percussion & Compositions at the Kyoto Arts University, Japan
Born in Otaru, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan