Group of 100 Devotees of Koyasan and Kumano


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Composer, healing pianist, synthesizer artist

Yasunobu Matsuo


Yasunobu Matsuo provided the music which accompanied the commemorative tree planting by Their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress, at the National Tree Planting Ceremony, Wakayama 2011.
He provided the music used at the venue in Osaka where the 14th Dalai Lama delivered a special address and religious discourse hosted by Koyasan University.
In 2015, Matsuo provided the piece “Requiem of Heaven and Earth” for figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu’s exhibition program.
He oversaw the pre-ceremony music program which preceded the opening ceremony of the 2015 National Sports Festival in Wakayama.
In 2017, Matsuo offered up a performance of the piece “Hiro” at the celebratory festival held to commemorate the 1,700 year anniversary of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine’s founding.
In 2018, he performed “Requiem of Heaven and Earth” and “Sprit” at the “High School Students’ Summit on ‘World Tsunami Awareness Day’ 2018 in Wakayama.”
In 2019, Matsuo gave a public performance in New York.

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Koya and Kumano will save the world!

I was born in Kainan, which is home to Fujishiro-jinja Shrine, the site where the first torii gate on the Kumano Kodo was said to be.
After high school, I moved to Osaka to begin my musical career, and, by a curious coincidence, it was at the same time that my band was having its major debut that my musical performances in Kumano also began. That first performance was in Nachikatsuura for the “Japan inter-design forum Conference ‘88 in Kumano.” A bridge was constructed to uninhabited Bentento Island, and artists from around the world gathered there for the event! Later, after the Kii Mountains were included on the list of World Heritages, I received a series of offers to give musical performances out in the vast nature of the mountains; this provided me with musical inspiration for my votive performances and other performances that I then took back to the concert halls of the city to start sharing it with the world. There was tremendous healing power in those sounds drawn from the wilderness of Koyasan and Kumano! “Those who spread their roots in Kumano will blossom in the city!” I keep these words of Kenji Nakagami always in my heart as I continue to draw on the natural energy residing within the sounds of Koya and Kumano to create healing music to share with the world.

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