Monkey Majik x Yoshida Brothers – In North America 2012
Fall is here and the temps are falling. This November we plan to warm things up with the sounds of Japanese bands, Monkey Majik and Yoshida Brothers. This double edge sonic sabre lands on Wednesday November 14th at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Get your tickets now via TicketWeb
Wednesday November 14th
Webster Hall – Marlin Room: 125 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003 (MAP)
MONKEY MAJIK is a Japanese-Canadian pop rock band formed in 2000 in Sendai, Japan. The band currently consists of Canadian brothers, Maynard Plant and Blaise Plant, each acting as lead vocalists and guitarists, as well as two Japanese members: tax on drums, and DICK on bass. Due to the natural blend of both Eastern and Western pop rock influences, MONKEY MAJIK has often been referred to as a “hybrid band”. The band rose to mainstream success after the 2006 success of their singles, “Fly”, and “Around the World” by binyl Records, a subsidiary of Avex Records, and collaborating with major Japanese sensations such as BENNIE K, m-flo, SEAMO and Yoshida brothers. They received much acclaim across Japan after their assisting hands-on with clean-up and rescue during the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Ryoichiro was born in 1977 and Kenichi in 1979. From Hokkaido，they both took up the shamisen at age five and in 1990 became students of the 1st Takashi Sasaki. They subsequently won various prizes at Tsugaru shamisen competitions around the country. In 1999 they put out their debut album，Ibuki. They followed up their debut with a series of albums,”Move” in 2000，『Soulful』in 2002，『Frontier』in 2003 and『Renaissance』in 2004，YOSHIDA BROTHERS in 2005， HISHOU in 2006.They won the Album of the Year Award for traditional Japanese music at the 15th Japan Gold Disc Awards，and at the 17th Japan Gold Disc Awards they received a special prize commemorating the 30th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China. The brothers tirelessly tour the country，having performed over 700 shows in the seven years since their debut.