New Music with the Oldest String Instruments of the Humankind – Lute and Oud

Lute and oud have extraordinary wide range of tonal and technical possibility of expression.

The origin of oud belongs to the ancient times and similar instruments were used by the Sumerian, the Babylonian and ancient Egyptian. In Arabic culture, oud is played as “king of the instruments” until today.

The oud found his way to Europe in medieval times it became “lute”. From the Middle Ages until “Piano” was found, the lute was regarded as “king of the instruments”.

Oud and lute have same origins indeed, but they have amazingly different character of sound. They complement optimally each other to express most diverse elements.

Naochika Sogabe – Artist without border

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Japanese musician, composer and dancer Naochika Sogabe studied historical music of Europe and ethnomusicology in Cologne (Germany) and in The Hague (Netherlands).

His main instruments are lute, oud and electric guitar. But in his recordings he plays all instruments like violine, bass guitar, percussions etc.

His CDs and albums are distributed wordlwide by the label Erransona Records

He works also as a dancer of the Argentine tango and he dances in his concerts to his own recordings.

He lives now at the border between France and Germany – You can watch the beauty of this region in his videos he produces.

Here you can find his music productions

Here vou can find the reviews about Naochika

Reviews

I give thanks to everyone who gave me such fine words…

Roland Kunz – singer (countertenor), musician, radio host
“Naochika Sogabe dare to sound with his lute instruments like lute and oud contemplative crossing the border between world music, jazz and rock…” 

Tim Kahlen – Pastor
“I invited Naochika to our mass, because he is an extraordinary “bridge builder”. Naochika combine through his playing, his engagement and his biography most various musical style, culture and denominations as a matter of course . A lutenist, who studied early music in the Netherlands and today shuttles between France and Germany and talks multiple languages at home. A Buddhist who apply himself into the interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims. All these things is Naochika. On the Bridge he built, meet such different origin. And it’s my pleasure to go on it.”

Ronn Mcfarlane – Grammy-nominated musician/ USA
“Well done Naochika!  Beautifully played and produced.”

Sister Angelique – Chapelle St. Croix, France
(After the playing in the chapel) “Naochika, while you are playing, you are communicating with god.”

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