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Shinichi Kinoshita, the leading tsugaru shamisen player among the younger generation, started learning shamisen at the age of 10 from his father who also was an artist. While tsugaru shamisen is a traditional instrument, Shinichi combined shamisen with rock and jazz and made a completely original music. In 1993, he started "Kinoshita Shinichi Group" composed of tsugaru shamisen, percussion, keyboard, electric guitar, and wadaiko (Japanese drum) and made "Tsugaru Shamisen Rock". In November 2001, Shinichi released two successful tsugaru shamisen albums, "Den" and "Kai" from avex io. "Den" features traditional repertoire while "Kai" features what Shinichi calls "tsugaru fusion". In June 2002, released "SOGU", an album made with a collaboration with Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos and following year, he released another album, "Show" which features traditional tsugaru shamisen. While releasing albums, Shinichi also made nationwide tour as well as performed in different countries which all won high acclaim. In 2002, Shinichi joined Eitetsu Hayashi's (a renowned Japanese wadaiko player) US tour as well as made Central/South America tour in six countries. In 2003, performed at International Istanbul Music Festival and also gave several concerts at England.

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Roby Lakatos, the 'devil’s fiddler', is a gypsy violinist from Hungary. He is renowned for his mix of classical music with Hungarian-gypsy music and jazz themes. Lakatos was born in 1965 into the legendary family of gypsy violinists descended from Janos Bihari, 'King of Gypsy Violinists'. He was introduced to music as a child and at age nine he made his public debut as first violin in a gypsy band. His musicianship was learnt not only with his own family, but also at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin in 1984. Between 1986 and 1996, he and his ensemble played at 'Les Ateliers de La Grande Ile' in Brussels. He has collaborated with Vadim Repin and Stéphane Grappelli. It is claimed Lakatos' playing was greatly admired by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, who always made a point of visiting the club in Brussels to hear him. In March 2004, Lakatos appeared to great acclaim with the London Symphony Orchestra in the orchestra’s 'Genius of the Violin' festival alongside Maxim Vengerov."

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