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August 23rd, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Cost: $22 – $25
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AGA-SHIO in Concert

Friday August 23, 2019 @7:30 PM

Kobayashi Hall, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

6 Garamond Court, Toronto

To Purchase TICKETS:

$25.00 / $22.00 for JCCC members

– HST included. General Seating. Tickets are non-refundable.
– Tickets available May 13.

Click here to purchase tickets online or call JCCC here: 416.441.2345

The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents AGA-SHIO, a Piano and Tsugaru Shamisen duo that blend the passionate energy of Japanese folk music together with contemporary music, creating an entirely new form of Japanese music.

The unit “AGA-SHIO” was formed by Hiromitsu Agatsuma and Satoru Shionoya aiming at fusing eastern and western instruments; Tsugaru Shamisen -a Japanese traditional 3 strings’ lute- and piano.


Hiromitsu Agatsuma

Shamisen Player

Hiromitsu Agatsuma began playing the Tsugaru-shamisen at age six. He won in numerous competitions, becoming a renowned performer in the traditional Japanese music scene since his youth. His reputation grew as he incorporated genres such as jazz and rock into his music, and made his major debut in 2001.

Satoru Shionoya


Satoru Shionoya studied music composition at Tokyo University of the Arts. While he was still a student he started his 10 year career as the pianist of the Japanese salsa band Orquesta De La Luz (1986-1996). The group won the United Nations Peace Medal in 1993 and was a U.S. Grammy Award nominee in 1995. During this time, he performed with Tito Puente, Dave Valentin and Santana.

AGA-SHIO performing Jon-Kara Kan here >

AGA-SHIO performing Rhapsody Kan here >

AGA-SHIO performing Shuffincity here >

Those two musicians met in 2004. The music and sound expressed in their first album “AGA-SHIO” (Avex, 2009) are a completely new style of Japan-originated contemporary music which entails strong energy that Japanese folk music produces as well as the consistency performed by piano.

AGA-SHIO has toured not only in Japan but also in Europe and Africa in 2010 (Germany, Czech, Egypt, France, Spain, Congo, South Africa) and in Europe in 2014 (Czech, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary).

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Click here to purchase tickets online or call JCCC here: 416.441.2345



August 23rd, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
August 23rd, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Event Category:
$22 – $25
Doors Open:
30 minutes before start
Please see TICKET information above


Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and The Japan Foundation, Toronto


JCCC (Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre)
6 Garamond Ct.
Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5 Canada
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