About Akihito Obama
Akihito Obama studied various styles of shakuhachi under such musicians as Toshimitsu Ishikawa (traditional shakuhachi) and Satoshi Yoneya (minyo shakuhachi). After graduating from the NHK Hogaku Gino-sha Ikusei-kai, Obama won the Second Annual Shakuhachi Newcomer Competition.
In 2004, Obama recorded his first solo shakuhachi album, Wind Carvings. During the following year, he undertook a walking pilgrimage concert tour to the eighty-eight temples of Shikoku Island and recorded his second album, Waves and Camellias. In 2008, Obama was invited to the Japan Festival at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival. Currently Obama performs as a solo musician and participates in various ensembles including TAKiO BAND led by a minyo singer Takio Ito. He often appears at concerts overseas and has performed in over 34 countries.
Obama has developed and refined his technique by performing in venues from small clubs to large concert halls with artists playing hogaku and Western instruments. This has allowed him to break through traditional barriers and discover his own distinct sound.