Future of the Music


Future of the Music

Let’s share the joy!!

Salsa Gumtape’s live shows are not about promoting diversity and coexistence, the band themselves embody diversity and coexistence in front of the audience. In the live shows with such a freedom, the audience share the joy and experience the comfort of the walls of the mind that were not necessary in the first place break down gradually.


The rhyme that runs through time

‒ A miracle of shakuhachi by MITSUHASHI Kifu ‒

There is a theory that the ancestors of shakuhachi came from the ancient Orient. It will be a crossroad of music with the first half of the performance featuring music from the ancient komuso to the jiuta of Kamigata, to the contemporary music of TAKEMITSU Toru, and the second half being a collaboration with the Greek instrument bouzouki!




Let’s share the joy!!


The rhyme that runs through time
‒ A miracle of shakuhachi by MITSUHASHI Kifu ‒

 Song title 

Let’s share the joy!!

1. ONABE (Japanese Hot Pot)
2. One Small World
3. Aitai! (I Wanna See You)
4. BALLA BALLA ~ Wednesday is Miso Ramen Day
5. HAPPY Come × 2!
6. Wonderful “SEKAI” World with OYAMA Kizen, shakuhachi
[ Name of the music, composer, instrument, and performer ]


The rhyme that runs through time
‒ A miracle of shakuhachi by MITSUHASHI Kifu ‒

< Part One - from Ancient to Future >
1< Secret piece Crane Nesting >
2< Zan-getsu >
3< Five pieces for Shakuhachi Chikurai >
4< November Steps No.10 >

< Part Two - from Greece to Tokyo - 」
5< Oniro Demeno >
6< Floweriness >
7< Requiem for 2021 Earthquake >
8< Come Across the Wind >

[ Composer names ]
1Shakuhachi Classical Honkyoku
2Composed by MINEZAKI-Kohtoh
3Composed by TAKEMITSU Toru
4Composed by MOROI Makoto
5Traditional Greek Song
6Composed by MIKI Minoru
7Composed by TESHIKAI Yutoro
8Same as above.

[ Music instruments and performers ]
Shakuhachi / MITSUHASHI Kifu
Sangen / FUKUDA Eika
Biwa / SHUTO Kumiko
20-string Koto / TOYAMA Kaori
Shakuhachi / MIZUKAWA Toshiya
Keyboard / TESHIKAI Yutoro
Bouzouki / ITAMI Masahiro
Bamboo Marimba / MIYAKE Madoka
Percussion / SENDO Saori


Let’s share the joy!


Rock band

A super laid-back rock ‘n’ roll band which has been around for 27 years just wanting to play cool music. The band was formed in 1994 by KASHIWA Tetsu, NHK's children’s programme’s fifth male singer, who called on people who use welfare facilities in Kanagawa Prefecture to join him in his quest for cool rock 'n' roll. The band got its name from the free rhythm sessions they started playing on handmade drums made from polyethylene buckets with duct tape attached.


Shakuhachi player

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, he studied under MITSUHASHI Kifu. He completed the 55th term of the NHK hogaku skills training association and passed the NHK hogaku audition. He is a graduate of the Sankyoku emerging performers training support programme. He has performed at Izumo Taisha, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Hieizan Enryakuji and many other temples and shrines. He has also given many performances overseas and is the winner of the audience award at the International Theatre Awards of the Teatro No'hma in Milan, Italy.

The rhyme that runs through time
‒ A miracle of shakuhachi by MITSUHASHI Kifu ‒


Shakuhachi player

Born in Tokyo, Japan, he studied shakuhachi in the Kinkoryu style under Sofu Sasaki, and shakuhachi classics in the Fuke style under Chikugai Okamoto and Naoki Korikawa. In 1980, he received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Award of Excellence for the "First Shakuhachi Recital by MITSUHASHI Kifu ", and in 1981 he received the Osaka Cultural Festival Award, and in 1989 he received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Award for his solo recital. Since then, he has received the Medal with Purple Ribbon and the Order of the Rising Sun, as well as many other national awards for culture and arts from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, etc. Since 1991 he has performed to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall in New York and throughout Europe. He has performed TAKEMITSU Toru's "November Steps" 37 times with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Orchestra, etc. He has given more than 190 recitals abroad and in Japan. He is currently studying classical music of the old Myoanji Temple in Kyoto under SAGARA Yasuyuk. He has also produced and developed the project " Demon Kakka's Collaboration for the Restoration of Japanese Music", which is now in its 22nd year. He is the Iemoto of the Kinkoryu Shakuhachi Kifu-kai. He is a member of the Japan Sankyoku Association and Kinkoryu Association. He is a visiting professor at Osaka College of Music and is a representative of contemporary Japanese music "Ko".



Bouzouki player
ITAMI Masahiro

He has recorded with guitar and various ethnic instruments, composed and arranged music for ads, and performed in concerts in Europe, Beijing, Taiwan and Carnegie Hall, New York with Katsuhisa Hattori, coba, MIYAKE Jun, TOGI Hideki and FURUSAWA Iwao. He has released his own albums "a deux" and "A Day in Tokyo". He is currently active as a recording artist. (Honorific title omitted)



Bamboo marimba player

She graduated at the top of her class from Kunitachi College of Music, majoring in percussion, and was awarded the Takeoka Prize. She has performed as a marimba player in many places. Fascinated by the sound of bamboo, she joined the Tokyo Rakutakedan in 2009. In 2011, she became a Tokyo Metropolitan Government certified Heaven Artist performer. She teaches the Marimba Course at Yomiuri Culture Kashiwa.




He has composed and arranged music for films, animations and various artists, and came to prominence around 1993 as the musical director of a series of digital content. He is a composer of ambient music, constructing continental and fantastical music. His works include "Kaze tachi to deai" (theme tune for "Sekai Ururun Taizaiki"), the suite "Tairiku Genso" and "Toho Kenbunroku".



Shakuhachi player

He is a member of the contemporary Japanese music composers federation. He is a graduate of the 28th term of the NHK hogaku skills training association. He studied the Tozanryu style shakuhachi under OKADA Teizan at Kagawa University. In 2000, he began composing hogaku music, and his first work won a prize at the Miyagi-kai competition, and he was the first modern hogaku musician to be selected for the All Nippon Airways in-flight music channel. In addition to composing, he is also active in many other areas of performance, including as a supporting member of tours for Takashi Hosokawa and Korokke.



20-string koto

She began to play koto at the age of three. She studied under SAWAI Tadao, KAWAMURA Masako and NAKAYAMA Izumi, graduated from the NHK hogaku skills training association, and completed her training at the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1989. She has performed as a soloist in the 600th anniversary concert of the Yokohama Symphony Orchestra and a Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra concert. In 2010, she performed at the APEC reception in Yokohama. She has appeared on NHK's "Geino Hanabutai" and has been a regular performer on " Demon Kakka's Collaboration for the Restoration of Japanese Music" since 2009. She has given recitals in Japan and abroad. Currently she is a professor at Sawai Koto Institute. In addition to performing both in Japan and abroad, she also teaches.



Biwa player
SHUTO Kumiko

Graduated from Tokyo College of Music, she studied satsuma biwa under Yukio Tanaka, completed the 43rd term of the NHK hogaku skills training association, and passed the NHK Japanese music audition. She won the first prize at the 39th Japan biwa music competition, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology award and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation award. Performed TAKEMITSU Toru's "November Steps" with Kifu Mitsuhashi. She performed on NHK FM, TV and at the National Theatre of Japan, etc. She has given many overseas performances and is a lecturer at Tokyo College of Music.




She has been playing drums since the age of five, and after graduating from the high school attached to Tokyo College of Music, she studied Latin percussion. Her main collaborators include HAKASE Taro, HASEGAWA Kiyoshi, FURUSAWA Iwao, TOGI Hideki, OHNO Yuji and many others. She has released CDs, instructional DVDs and instructional books, and her original shakers are now on sale!



Jiuta singer

Her grandparents were the shakuhachi masters ARAKI Kodo III and FUKUDA Eika, the first iemoto of Mittsu no Otokai, and her father is FUKUDA Tanehiko. She made her stage debut at the age of three in 1993 (the youngest ever), won the excellence prize at the Agency for Cultural Affairs arts festival in 1997, was a cultural exchange ambassador for the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2008, assumed the name FUKUDA Eika II in 2009, and received the Pola Prize for Traditional Culture in 2014. She is a member of the board of directors of the Japan Sankyoku Association, a member of the board of directors of the Ikutaryu association, and the third Iemoto of the Mittsu no Otokai.