Yoshida Brothers website http://www.domomusicgroup.com/yoshidabrothers/index.php iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nikata/id168590451?i=168592204?at=11... They both began to study and play the shamisen from five years of age under Koka Adachi, learning the Minyō-shamisen style; from about 1989 they studied the Tsugaru-jamisen style under Takashi Sasaki. They are heavily influenced by Western music. Their music is uniquely beautiful and Japanese.
Shugen Ishii | Shamisen Player. "The shamisen or samisen (三味線?, literally "three strings"), also called sangen (三絃?, literally "three strings"), is a three-stringed, Japanese musical instrument played with a plectrum called a bachi. The Japanese pronunciation is usually "shamisen" but sometimes "jamisen" when used as a suffix (e.g., Tsugaru-jamisen)." [Wikipedia]