Chikushi Junko

筑紫純子

Acting Sōke. 宗家後継

Performer, composer, teacher, and recording artist, Chikushi Junko is the granddaughter and disciple of Chikushi Katsuko, the late koto genius and founder of Japan’s Chikushikai koto and shamisen school. Junko is the younger daughter of Chikushi Miyoko, Chikushikai's second-generation Sōke (head of the school).

Junko is a graduate of the Faculty of Singing at Kyūshū Gakuen Women’s College. For many years, she has performed at venues in the United States, South East Asia and throughout Japan. She was a member of Tokyosphere, a group led by shakuhachi player John Kaizan Neptune that specialized in jazz music written for and played on traditional Japanese instruments. Junko has appeared on numerous recordings including “Chikushi Katsuko sōkyoku senshū” (The Collected Koto Works of Chikushi Katsuko), “Koto to gitā no shirabe” (Sounds of Koto and Guitar), “Gendai no hōgaku” (Contemporary Japanese Music), all released by Chikushikai, and on several JVC releases including “Tokyosphere” and “Gendai sōkyoku senshū” (Anthology of Contemporary Koto Pieces). In addition to her recordings, she has appeared live on the Japanese radio program “Hōgaku no hitotoki” (Time for Japanese Music) every year since 1979.

Junko is a board member of the Fukuoka Sankyoku Kyōkai and an instructor in the Department of Arts at the University of Kyushu. She is currently the acting Sōke, assisting the current Sōke in the running of Chikushikai school.

 

Compositions

Akatsuki

Amayadori

Aoi umi 

Donaugawa no sazanami hensōkyoku (arr.)

Fūrin

Haikingu

Hana no kaori

Haru no yoi 

Hatsu koi

Kaze no tayori

Kaze no yō ni

Kimi ga kokoro wa

Kimi utsukushiku

Noji no ume

Ruru no uta

Ruru no uta 2

Ruru no uta 3

Ruru no uta 4

Ruru no uta 5

Ryūka

Sakuraguruma

Sakuranbo

Tsubame

Wakaba no koro

Yasashiki shirabe

Yuki no mai

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