Born in Niigata, Japan, Keisho started learning the shamisen from age 8.
At the early age of 12 he acquired his stage name or “natori”,
a Japanese tradition where part of the artist’s teacher’s name
is passed along to a worthy pupil.
By 14, he gained the acceptance of the founder of the “Chikuzan-style”
of Tsugaru Shamisen, Takahashi Chikuzan, and became his main successor.
In 2004 Keisho gained professional recognition as the head musician
in the stage show Siberian Express 4, produced by Haruo Mizuno,
one of Japan’s premier movie directors.
In 2006 Keisho joined the SXSW Music Festival in America
as the first Chikuzan-style Tsugaru Shamisen player.
He followed this debut with a 5-concert/6-city tour to New York,
Chicago, LosAngeles, Oakland and Austin
where his playing was met with enthusiastic support and success.
Later that year, he performed in Berlin, Germany.
Keisho’s major album debut was with “Shami Spirits” in 2007,
followed in 2008 by the release of “SAMURAI”
and the launch of a French tour to Paris, Reims, Metz, Beaune,
Chalons, and Luxembourg.
2009 took Keisho on tour to France (Paris, Lyon, Metz, Forcalquier), Belgium,
the Netherlands, and Luxembourg performing
8 concerts in 4 countries.
This tour was met with an energetic response from audiences
and through promotions by local television, radio, and newspaper interviews,
Keisho gained a foothold in Europe.
The following 2010 brought another advancement for Keisho in his musical career,
carrying on his Europe tour of 8 concerts in France and Germany,
as well as appearing in JAPAN EXPO Sud ’10.
He participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Event, appearing live in
Johannesburg in July.
Keisho’s recognition and popularity soared especially in Europe in 2011,
which led to the release of his new album “鴎 Kamome”
bearing French label this year.
Europe Tour 2011 covering 17 cities in France, Germany, Czech,
and Ireland was later followed by Europe Summer Tour visiting France and Germany.
Keisho brought excitement to audience and media through his performances
in ART ROCK 2011 (France), Fete de la Musique (Paris),
EJAMSLIVE 2011 EDITION (France) and live appearance
in FIFA Women’s World Cup Event in Germany.
Keisho’s unorthodox performance style, while venturing outside
the mold of classical shamisen yet remaining true to its valuable traditions,
is refreshing, unique and gaining great public attention
both in Japan and overseas.