☆Tazuko Yozan Tanifuji's Profile (Biography)
Born in Akita, Japan
1964 She studied mandolin at Tsuru College.
1996 She began studying Tozan-ryu shakuhachi under Tanifuji Kozan and
performed in many concers as a member of Hogaku group "Miyabi-kai"
1998 She got a biwa with encouragement of famed shakuhachi player and composer
Miyata Kohachiro, and began studying biwa under Tahara Junko of Pro Musica
Nipponia who wrote the primer or manual of biwa for her. "The Bamboo and the
Mulberry"(Take to Kuwa) as the first performance was composed by Kozan for
biwa & shakuhachi duet.
2001 Received a teaching certificate at the level of Jun Shi-han in the Tozan school
of shakuhachi examination held in Sapporo, Hokkaido
2002 The first performance of "Taking to Dancing Snow"(Kaza-hana ni Yosete)
composed by Kozan in Kitami Art and Culture Hall. It's a biwa & shakuhachi duet piece.
Joined "Makiko Tanifuji Flute Concert" in Shimamaki, Hokkaido, and played the
mandolin, the shakuhachi, and the biwa.
2004 Koyo and Kozan performed the biwa and shakulute at New York University
in the International Shakuhachi Festival.
Received the certificate of shakuhachi master of Shin-Tozan school in the
examination held in Sapporo in November.
2005 In June, Tazuko was invited by Ankara City, Beypazari City, and JapanTurkey
Culture Exchange Association, and there had three concerts in all. She played
the biwa and the shakuhachi.
2006 The first performance "Snow Fairy Fantazy" (Yuki-onna genso) for biwa & shinobue
and shakuhachi with the wa-daiko player and the dancer of Japanese dancing in November.
She has joined the Shin-Tozan school Women Concert in Kobe City(1999),
Matsumoto City(2000 & 2003), and Kita-Kyushu City(2005)
She belongs to:
Kozan-kai Hogaku "Miyabi-kai" Jiuta-kai
Engaru Shakuhachi Circle and Yozan-kai (Instructor)