Very few preserve the tradition of the tonkori; Oki Kano, or OKI, is one of the few surviving players of this five-string harp, performed by the indigenous Japanese Ainu people. Kano revives and reinvents Ainu folklore, meshing it with international influences as varied as dub, Irish folk, throat singing, African drumming, and music from Central Asia. OKI's performance will showcase his critically-acclaimed retrospective compilation 'Tonkori in the moonlight', and he will be joined on-stage by his wife Rumiko Kano (vocals, tonkori), son Manaw (drums, tonkori), and Takashi Nakajo (bass) in a joyous celebration of the family's common cultural ancestry.

Photography by Kenji Ito

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