Japanese musician will present world music


An upcoming concert will feature classical music with a Japanese twist.

Hidè Takemoto, 40, of Chipping Barnet, is hosting a concert at St Mary’s in Finchley Central on April 7.

Hidè specializes in Spanish guitar and performs “Spanish, Indian, Japanese, English, Celtic, pop and rock music”.

A budding musician from a young age, Hidè says: “I was a typical teenager, a rock star in the making. ”

However, when he moved to London to study music, he had an argument with his family in Japan. He explains: “None of my family play musical instruments, so it was kind of a war between me and my parents when I told them that I am going to live in the UK to study music, using their money.

Moving to UK In 1999, Hidè enrolled at SOAS University where he studied Indian music and has since blended into his music in classical, rock, pop, Japanese, Spanish and Indian styles.

Since his arrival in London in 1999, Hidè moved to Barnet in 2007 where he gives guitar lessons in local schools.

“Sometimes I have sushi in exchange for playing guitar at the Sushi restaurant in Camden Town called Sushi Waka, where I met my wife,” he reveals.

He will perform alongside mainly Japanese and European musicians at St Mary’s next month.

Each musician performs different styles, such as traditional song, Spanish drums, violins, and the iconic Japanese string instrument, the Shamisen.

Hidè adds: “I am lucky to have been a working musician, to do what I have always wanted to do since I was 15, supported by all these incredible musicians and friends.

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