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Taro Terahara (Bansuri Player)  : Artist BIO short version
Taro Terahara is one of the leading musicians in the thriving and highly competitive Indian classical music scene in Japan. After initial training from 1991 with Sri Hiroshi Nakagawa (Japan) and the renowned bansuri master Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, in 1996 he became a disciple of the late Pt. Nikhil Bannerjee's acclaimed student, Sri Amit Roy in Japan. Taro Terahara as a student in the long line of Maihar gharana is a unique and deep individual whose music crosses boundaries and blends souls. It is no chance that this young man came across the music of the bansuri in 1991. His vocation is to bring the beauty and expansion of Indian classical music to parts of the world that have yet to hear it, joining individuals and nations as one. 
Taro Terahara  (Bansuri Player)  :Artist BIO full version
 
Taro Terahara is one of the leading musicians in the thriving and highly competitive Indian classical music scene in Japan.  Born in Chiba-ken, in 1968 to teacher parents Taro Terahara was passionate about music from a very early age.  Seeing his potential, his parents encouraged him in many ways to help him gain the experiences and skills he would need in his musical future.  His path to the bansuri began with a stable seven years of the trumpet, moved to the Indonesian gamelan and the Japanese flute until finally he came into contact with Indian classical music the age of 23. It was the music of the world-renowned master of bansuri, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, that awakened Mr. Terahara to the certainty that "the voice of the bansuri was calling" to him.  From that moment on his fervent journey along the onerous path to mastering the great Indian bansuri began.
In 1992 he became a student of the long-time disciple of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa.  That very year Mr. Terahara was hit by a life-threatening illness from which he was remarkably able to recover over the next year.  This close encounter with death however sharply brought him to the realization of the precariousness of life and the necessity that he focus his attention solely on the one thing he most yearned for; to master the bansuri.  He immediately quit graduate school to devote himself entirely to the practice of Indian classical music and shortly went to India to study directly under the revered Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and continued in this way for the following four years.     
In 1996 he became a disciple of the late Pt. Nikhil Bannerjee's acclaimed student, Sri Amit Roy in Japan.   Sri Amit Roy guided and refined Mr. Terahara’s musical talents with dedication and passion, carefully instilling the deep and meaningful soul of the music of his lineage.   Mr. Terahara's combined inner resolve and innate musical talent made him a fast and intuitive learner, so much so that in 2005 Sri Amit Roy recommended he record his first solo CD “Air” in Kolkata to the accompaniment of the great tabla maestro, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee.
Taro Terahara has performed Indian classical music in India and throughout Japan.  His performances are charged and compel the listener along a journey beginning with the peaceful and contemplative non-rhythmical alaap leading them through step by step towards the exhilaratingly fast-paced rhythmical finale of the jhala.  His great command of sur (tuning) and lay (timing) combined with his capacity to compose innovative taans and tihais on the spur of the moment lends his music the true quality of brilliance.  Mr. Terahara's music, like that of his teacher Sri Amit Roy, is tempered by a beautiful humility and devotion to the mood and spirit of the raga guaranteeing to engage the mind and deeply touch the heart.
Taro Terahara currently teaches bansuri and Indian classical vocal to over 50 students around Japan.  The extensive curiosity in music instilled at an early age by Mr. Terahara's parents has grown and manifested within him a highly and multi talented musical individual.  Mr. Terahara's passion for teaching traditional Indian classical music reaches out beyond teaching solely Indian instrument playing students to teaching Indian composition to students of virtually any musical instrument, such as the violin and the bass.  Although his central passion is clear, he has proven his versatility and skill, traversing beyond genre, through numerous collaborative performances ranging from Odissi dance, Arabian and Chinese music to jazz, with remarkable results.
Taro Terahara as a student in the long line of Maihar gharana is a unique and deep individual whose music crosses boundaries and blends souls.  It is no chance that this young man came across the music of the bansuri in 1991.  His vocation is to bring the beauty and expansion of Indian classical music to parts of the world that have yet to hear it, joining individuals and nations as one. 

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS As a Soloist (Bansuri)

As a Solist (Bansuri)

 

1998-2011 – Sangeet Mela in Horado, Gifu (all-night Indian classical music conference)
1999-now Indian Music Concert at Genshin-an, Tokyo
2007-now  Dance of Shiva (3days indian music & dance festival at Izu)
2011 – Indian Classics Tokyo
2011 – Movie "Buddha"
2011 – Australia tour (with Sangeet Mishra, Shen Flindell)
2010 – Tenzin Choegyal Japan tour
2010 – Concert at Itami Aiphonic Hall
2010 – Concert at Tagore Hall (Delhi, India)
2009 – Tenzin Choegyal Japan tour
2009 – Australia tour (with Sangeet Mishra, Shen Flindell)
2008 – Allauddhin Khan Music Festival (Maihar, India)
2008 – Luther Hall (Sapporo)
2008 – Woodford Festival (Woodford, Australia)
2007 – Silver Sound Concert series (with Abhijit Banerjee)
2007 – Koidego Cultural Hall (Niigata)
2007 – Silver Sound Concert series (with U-zhaan)
2007 – Lohas Classic Concert by Ryuichi Sakamoto (Tokyo & Saitama)
2007 – Ashutosh Bhattacharya Memorial Concert (Benares, India)
2007 – Woodford Festival (Woodford, Australia)
2006 – Pantheon of the Melody tour (with Vineet Vyas)
2006 – Silver Sound Concert series (with Pt. Anindo Chatterjee)
2006 – World Flute Festival (Tokyo)
2002 onwards – World Flutes Concert at Xebec Hall (Kobe), Fenix Hall (Osaka), Muse Hall (Sapporo)
2000 – Japan Flora Festival in Awaji
  plus several TV and Radio performances
As an Accompanist (Tampura)

1998 – Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia concert tour
1995 – Ud. Ashish Khan (sarod) concert tour and recording
1994 – Ud. Rashid Khan (vocal) concert tour and recording
1993 – Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia concert tour and recording
1993-98 – Amit Roy concert tour
1991-96 – Hiroshi Nakagawa (bansuri) concert tour and recording

CD RECORDINGS

[Snow Lion]
    2010 
    recorded at Tokyo
    Tenzin Choegyal (vocal, tibetan instrumants), Taro Terahara (bansuri)
[Timeless]
    SR-001 Sulphur Records   2008
    live recorded at Move Hall, Fukuoka
    Amit Roy (sitar), U-zhaan (tabla), Taro terahara (bansuri), Yuriko Terahara (tampura)
[Mist]
     A-007 NADA MUSIC JAPAN   2006
     recorded at STUDIO NILAMBAR, Tokyo
     Taro Terahara (bansuri), Pt. Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Yuriko Terahara (tampura)
[Air]
     A-003 NADA MUSIC JAPAN   2005
     recorded at PROSHAD STUDIO, Kolkata
     Taro Terahara (bansuri), Pt. Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Shoko Sumita (tampura)
[The Sound of Mughal Court - ムガールの栄光~アーシシ・カーンのサロード]
     KING RECORD KICC 5205
     Ud. Aashish Khan (sarod), Pranesh Khan (tabla),
     Taro Terahara & Izumi Matsumoto (tampura)
[The Ecstasy of Raga: Vocal - ラーガ・音の悦楽~声楽 ラシッド・カーン 慈雨」]
     APAS-9802
     Ud. Rashid Khan (vocal), Tammoy Bose (tabla),
     Deba Prasad Dey (harmonium), Taro Terahara (tampura)
[The Ecstasy of Raga: Bansuri –
   ラーガ・音の悦楽~バーンスリー ハリプラサード・チャウラースィヤー 献身]
     APAS-9803
     Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri), Subhankar Banerjee (tabla),
     Taro Terahara, Shouko Kishige, Minehiko Tanaka (tampura)
[FOOJEAN]
     HEARTH
     Kenji Inoue (sitar), Taro Terahara (bansuri), etc.
     Contact: yoshio@lilac.plala.or.jp