Kitamura Keiko was born in an area of Hiroshima prefecture known for producing Japanese traditional instruments. Her early years were spent studying Koto and Shamisen in Fukuyama under the tutelage of her aunt Kitamura Kyoko who is an Ikuta-ryû master of the famous Miyagi-ryû. Keiko achieved the status of Ikuta-ryû Master herself in 2001. |
Keiko has performed all over Japan and around the world, including at the Sydney Opera House, London’s Excel Motor Show, British Museum, Royal Opera House, UK Japanese Embassy, Standon Calling Festival and Dublin’s 2010 Festival Of World Cultures. She has been living in the UK for a number of years now and is currently performing live with Jah Wobble’s Nippon Dub Ensemble, an Anglo-Japanese crossover project also heard recently on BBC Radio’s “World On 3”. Keiko has played and taught regularly with the Japanese Music Society based at SOAS.