Japan - Yoshihiro Harada heard and fell in love with the sound of the steelpan in the late 80s. That was all it took. For the rest of his life Harada and the steelpan would have an inseparable love affair.
He is one who believes in the power of the human spirit, an intellect, a musician, a composer and an arranger - and much more. Indeed, the name Yoshihiro Harada will ring large to you as one of the corner stones of Pan in Japan. And he is the founder and arranger of the highly respected Panorama Steel Orchestra of Japan.
In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the ultra-talented Yoshihiro Harada shares his significant and considerable history with Pan in Japan and more.
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Thanks WST for this revealing interview with one of the steelbands iconic and most uplifting of arrangers, Yoshihiro Harada. A wonderful band leader and arranger in Japan; and a great inspiration to us all here in Trinidad and Tobago.
The following is a WST Forum post that nicely supplements this interview:
Honouring the Japanese Panorama Steel Orchestra
(Posted on 9th August 2016; exact to the day, a year after the ICP 2015).