Born in Sendai, Miyagi in 1988.Mizuki Aita is a percussionist and vibraphonist who, through various collaborations with musicians and composers, has developed a soloist repertoire of over one hundred. Aita has released three albums to date, and has recently expanded his interests to essay-writing and poetry that are based on his performances to explore the relationship between words and music.
Nobuhiro Kaneko began learning the Ikuta School koto at the age of nine. He passed the NHK Japanese Traditional Music Audition in 2011 and, later in 2015, won the Fukuoka Governor Award (Silver Award) at the 22nd Kenjun National Koto Competition. Kaneko graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music specializing in Japanese music. Devoting himself to the study of the classics, he also participates in performances that include Western instruments and explores other genres of music to broaden the possibilities of koto’s artistic expression.
Composer, Pianist, Improviser
Gardika Gigih Pradipta, known as Gigih, is a composer and pianist living in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. His “Impresi 6 Peristiwa” was the piece he composed for his graduation from Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts Jogjakarta) in 2011. In 2012, Gigih received the Yayasan Kelola (Kelola Foundation) Art Grant (Innovative Art Category) for his composition of “Train Music.” Gigih not only writes music for concerts but also for film music in collaboration with Indonesian directors Wregas Bhanuteja, Bobby Prasetyo, and Yosep Anggi Noen.
Composer, Arranger, Gamelan Player
Agustinus Welly Hendratmoko’s journey with music began in 2004 with a fascination in traditional karawitan. Since, Hendratmoko’s interest has grown to encompass Javanese karawitan and musical composition, and is currently pursuing an M.Sn (Music Composition, Master of Arts) at the Institut Seni Indonesia Jogjakarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts Jogjakarta). He was one of the grantees for the 2008 ISI Jogjakarta Art Scholarship to perfom in Portugal and winner of the Folksong Competition in Jogjakarta in 2014.
Composer, Percussionist, Dramaturg
Arief Winanda is an emerging young artist from Indonesia with training and experience in a wide range of music from the traditional to contemporary. Being raised in a family of dancers allowed Winanda to absorb a unique sense of dance, artistic movement, and also its philosophy as a source of his production-process. Winanda is currently developing his artistic skills as a resident at Institut Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Institute of Arts).
Went to the U.S. in 2008 after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University and studied at California State University, majoring in global business management. His research was on how the Japanese should work in an international group environment. He worked in managerial roles in three countries, including the U.S., and returned to Japan in September of 2017. He currently teaches English and works in interpreting and translating. He continues to explore ways to show to those abroad the virtues of how Japanese find wa (group-oriented harmony) with people of all countries.