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Music Mondays: Ten

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles continues its Music Mondays Virtual Performance program with world music band, Ten.

The 25 minute Facebook Live event starts at 12pm on JFLA’s Facebook page. If you miss it, the performance will be archived on their Youtube page.


Ten is an instrumental world music band based in Los Angeles that blends the ancient sound of the Japanese koto with contemporary music instruments like the bass and drums. The name of the band means “Heaven” in Japanese.
Ten was founded in Tokyo, Japan in 2005 by husband and wife Ash (Bass) and Yuki (13-string koto & 17-string koto). They moved to New York in 2009, and finally Los Angeles in 2014. They invited Haru (Drums) to the band in 2020.  https://www.tenvolume.com

Yuki: 13-string Koto & 17-string Koto
She has been playing the koto for 30 years and toured in Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America. She is also a master of the Sawai Koto school and has been giving a koto private lessons in Torrance.

Haru : Drums
He started playing the drums for his elder brother band when he was 10 years old. He moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 years old. He jammed at some blues clubs in the Valley area where he met with established musicians, such as Kazuo Takeda from Creation. He participated in many concert tours with artists, such as KOTOKO and I’VE artists, and The Travellers. 

As : Bass
He is a bassist, guitarist and composer. Ten’s all music is written by Ash and also all koto parts are composed on Ash’s 7-string electric guitar. The one of Ten’s song called “Relapse Into Silence” was nominated in the World Music category of the 2016 American Songwriting Awards

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