NAGOMI ENSEMBLE is one of those few ensembles that bring to audiences true joys and excitements of music, transcending time, borders, races and religions.
NAGOMI was formed in 2013 under the initiative of composer Noriko SHIBATA, by 5 musicians having versatile performing careers as soloists and chamber musicians nationally and internationally, with an aim to promote international exchange between Germany and Japan. The word “NAGOMI” represents harmony of music inherited from ancient days and reflects the members’ aspiration for sharing joyful moment with valuable audiences encountered during tours. Japanese Kanji characters “和” is added as a reflection of the foregoing.
The unique mix of musicians and instruments - composer, soprano, piano, flute and musical saw - allows NAGOMI Ensemble to offer a wide range of repertoire, from ensemble pieces in Renaissance era played with Renaissance flute to original pieces composed/arranged by Noriko, a modern and imaginative composer. Such original pieces include those featuring old Japanese songs combined with the taste of Jazz. The phenomenal performance of musical saw by Maika SAITO, the winner of 2012 World Musical Saw Championship, is adding a special characteristics to the Ensemble.
NAGOMI’s first foreign tour was to Germany in December 2013 and the concert was held in Trier, the oldest city in Germany along the Mosel River. The performance included beautiful Japanese pieces and those of Mosel area arranged by Noriko and received standing ovation from the audiences for its distinguished performance. Such transformation of German music into new pieces with an impeccable level of musical perfection is truly a reflection of NAGOMI’s unique profile which is rarely seen elsewhere.
In December 2015, under the official invitation of Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Trier e.V, NAGOMI made its second tour to Germany and held concerts in 3 cities, which were again highly received by audiences and medias. During the tour, NAGOMI enjoyed the collaboration with Thomas Kiessling, a world renowned German tenor, with whom NAGOMI had another wonderful collaboration oppertunity in October 2016 in Kyoto.
NAGOMI has been actively involved in international exchange between Germany and Japan through various charity events as well. Part of the proceeds from German tours in 2013 and 2015 were donated to the charitable organization of Kinderschutzbund supporting the disadvantaged children. Besides this, in 2014, the Ensemble held a charity concert, jointly with the chorus group based near Tokyo, for children suffering incurable diseases and the proceed was donated to those children through Make-A-Wish of Japan.
NAGOMI Ensemble is moving forward with its unique presence, bringing audiences compelling musical experiences in global arena.
News - European Tour 2017
From November 27 to 30, NAGOMI held concerts in Linden & Trier, Germany and in Luxembourg. In Trier and Luxembourg, NAGOMI collaborated again with the world renowned German tenor, Thomas Kiessling.
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