The roots for this critically acclaimed band from Akita, Japan were established when their leader Ryuma was on the train and
heard a beautiful song playing from someone’s transistor radio.
It was at that moment that he decided to become a musician and to share the beauty of music with people all over the world. He
was only 11 years old.
Through the years Ryuma played with many bands.
Then, in the year 2000, he found what was to be his signature sound and established his dream band. He called it “Bronze”.
The leader of Bronze, Ryuma is both a guitar and a koto ( a Japanese harp) player.The koto with it’s very sensitive sound is
often difficult to hear when played on stage with other instruments .
Ryuma invented a special sound system that amplifies the delicate koto
and allows it to be played alongside the more powerful drums, taiko, base and saxophone. This blend of the koto with other instruments brings a unique quality to a live Bronze performance.
Bronze combines the harmonies of Western and Oriental music into a unique blend of rhythms and just like many kinds of winds mix
into a stream of air the various talents and sounds of the artists of Bronze mix to form what the band calls “The Circle
of the Wind Show”.
Members of Bronze are:
Ryuma Guitar, Koto
Guest musicians are:
other player Japanese Taiko Drums
The band members of Bronze made it their special mission to stay active in their hometown of Akita. They support many local
volunteer organizations including a suicide prevention support group and a NPO for the disabled and their families. At all Bronze performances ample
wheelchair access and seating are always available.
Strong response from many of their fans has made their commitment to provide to those with special needs even stronger.
A wheelchair bound listener emailed: “I am so glad to have the opportunity to go out and listen to your music. You are wonderful and I had a great time.”Another wrote of her elderly grandparents, “ I was not sure how my grandparents would do at your concert but I believed they would enjoy your music. My grandfather, who has trouble staying in his seat for more than 30 minutes, sat through entire show and my grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease remembered you music the next morning and said how wonderful she thought it was. It was such a special moment for me to know she remembered. I believe your music touched their souls. Thank you so much.”
In 2009, Ryuma and Chiho invited three young men with autism to play Taiko drums
with them on stage. The concert was a great success.
Ryuma plays only original tunes. He believes through his many life experiences that songs that resonate with Bronze will also resonate with all of us.
To better accommodate their unique sounds Ryuma and the band have built a studio next to his house and are now able to play and record at anytime.
“We get stronger by meeting other people,” Ryuma says.
“As humans we are like the wind. The winds get together and blow.
They get stronger together. We are stronger by meeting other people.
They are part of the ring of the wind. “