Hyakou Fukuhara and Takane Umeya
Fukuhara Hyakkyo (flute) and Takane Umeya (taiko) are certified performers from the traditional Fukuhara clan and Umeya clan performing actively in Kabuki ? Nagauta tradition as well as other collaborative works. Besides Kabuki Theaters’ house musicians, there are only a handful of certified classical players in Japan today. These players are in high demand for the supporting roles of classical shamisen music, Kabuki music, and other festive music. Hyakkyo and Takane are working in the classical tradition and more contemporary setting as modern music collaborations and media arts.