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Chor OBANDES, is a Choir founded in 2012 located in Tokyo. “OBANDES” means “Good evening” was named after a dialect of the North East Japan Region, which is our founding members' origin, and due to this (or not) we practice at night time. What distinguished us is not only the rich,warm, and stretched voice but also the musical curiosity which appears at our wide range repertoire including Japan Music from classic to modern ,Church Music, Improvisation, Pops
Kota Yanagishima (Tokyo/Japan) is choral conductor. He works regularly with numerous chamber and symphonic choirs around Tokyo e.g. vocalconsort initium, chamber choir vox alius, Chor OBANDES, Yokohama Choral Society and Tokyo Juventus Philharmonic Choir. Kota Yanagishima studied choral conducting at the University of Music Saar, Germany. His teachers are Georg Grün (choral conducting) and Toshiyuki Kamioka (orchestra conducting). In 2015 he was selected as a scholar of the German Music Council's DIRIGENTENFORUM and received "Bach vocal" prize by Carus Verlag. There he extended his artistic experience, through conducting several professional choirs e.g. Berlin Radio Choir.
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