About us

Andi „Andisan“ Starek: Guitar, Vocals

Born in Munich. He grew up in a musician and traidional bavarian family. At first he learned to play the flute, then the clarinet, as well as ‚Schuhplatteln’, which is a bavarian kind of dancing. In his youth, Andi was very succesful in sports, such as Wrestler and later even in japanese Sumo Wrestling. He obtained various international titles as a lightweight wrestler including ‚ german Champion’, ,Intercontintal european champion’ and 3rd World champion with his team in Tokyo. After his education as a cook he began to play the guitar. After a few years of private lessons he studiet the electric and acoustic guitar fort wo years at the A-Team Academy München. For 15 years now Andi has been a professional musician and guitar teacher.

Ado Kihara, Clarinet, vocals

Born in  yokohama. He graduated at the ‚Kunitachi College of Music’. He plays a wide range of music from classical music to Alpen Volksmusik and brazilian music. He has a passion for ‚Oberkrainer’ and so in November of this year he debuted with his band “Tokio Spitzbuam”. He had a live concert with the Bavarian musician “Andisan”. In 2010 and 2012 he was invited as a soloist to the ‚Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka’ and co-performed Weber’s Concerto and more. He teaches the clarinet and clarinet-ensemble as a lecturer at the ‚Shonan Conservatory Fujisawa’.

Kazunori „Charlie“ Kuwata: Trumpet, Vocals

Born in Yokohama. He started to play the trumpet at the age of 10. He studied at ‚Tokyo College of Music’ after he graduated from ‚Kawawa High School’. He performed as a member of the ‚Tokyo Symposium Symphonic Wind Ensemble’ at “La Folle Journée au Japon 2015”. He appeared as a Banda at the 150th anniversary of the japanese-italian diplomatic relations at the spring festival in the ‚Tokyo opera nomori’ in 2016. He studied trumpet with Emiko Ikeda, Tomonori Sato, Naohiro Tsuken, André Henry, Hiroki Tochimoto, Osamu Takahashi. He studied chamber music with Naohiro Tsuken, André Henry, Shinsuke Tanaka. Currently he is a freelance trumpeter and plays in orchestras, as well as instructing and conducting various groups from elementary school to interested adults. In addition, he performs a wide range of activities besides performance. He conducts planning and the operation of concerts as well as shooting and editing movies.

Ryo „“Richi“ Yamashina, Bariton:

Born in Yokohama. He studied at ‚Kunitachi College of Music’. He studied Tuba with prof.Eiji Inagawa, studied chamber music with Genzo Kitamura, Kiyshi Ito and Toru Miura. He also studied conducting with Mr.Kenichi Osawa. He’s currently working as a free tuba player, he plays in a orchestra, a brass band and a brass ensemble and he teaches wind instrumental as an instructor throughout Japan. In addition, he works in various activities such as arranging, training, and conducting the wind band for TV dramas. He is tuba player for “Hearts Winds”, instructor of the wind band of ‚Tokyo Polytechnic University’, lecturer of the ‚Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Tohoku Gakuin University’ and trainer of the Yokosuka citizen brass band.