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Saco          Senko            Sakura                     

Saco Yasuma

Saco, as a musician, has played in rock, reggae, funk, Jazz, Afro Cuban and free improvisational music scenes. As an educator, she has worked as an adapted music lesson instructor in a music therapy studio for many years. She sees “musical improvisation” as a communication and expression tool with colleagues and clients; she always wanted to expand this activity with wide range of people. 


Then Saco met Sakurako and Senko. One day, as they played percussive instruments together for fun with other friends, many interesting moments came out. They started singing their own melodies and making beautiful harmonies. Some of them started dancing, too! Saco was so amazed at how they naturally interacted each other and felt connected. Even though for most of them, it was the first time to experience musical improvisation, they were so playful and so natural at letting out their inner voice. She felt something genuine about what she just experienced.


Senko, Sakurako and Saco formed One Note One Spirit in 2016,  in order to create a fun and comfortable sound community to share this joyous experience. One Note One Spirit is expanding its family to different parts of the world along with this journey. 




千子ちゃんとさくらちゃんに(偶然でなく!)出逢って、今の一音一会の前身みたいなものをやりだした。うわぁ、この人たち素直に正直な音が出てる。正直の音同士だとなぜか自然にハモっていく。 私の心はときめきワクワク~ 


ある日突然ひょんな事から(これも偶然ではなく!) グループを結成することになり、これ世界中の人達とやれたら、なんて楽しいだろう、傷ついてる人も癒されちゃうね、と。一音一会、One Note One Spiritと命名。


今のところ、マディソン・スクェア・ガーデンとチューリッヒとバルセロナ公演は決定。最寄りの方は是非遊びにいらしてね~~ まだ日にちは未定だけど。あっはっは~

Senko Nishimura

Senko is a CymaSonic healing practitioner. CymaSonic healing is a theraputic method used to improve the body's natural healing powers using sound vibrations naturally developed by the human body's frequency. Also she is an instructor of Shioe Art. Shioe Art is a kind of therapy and healing method using vibrant color. She loves nature, gardening without using harmful chemicals, and utilizing microorganisms. She uses plants for tea, bath herb, tincrure, onitment, etc. To top it off she's recently started whirl dance!

Why Senko started One Note One Spirit? She thought she could not sing, play instruments, dance, or anything music related. Oneday she found that it was a lot of fun to play instruments with her friends because every sound was creating one harmony. Then she met a native american medicine drum, she took drum classes from sherman Irma starspirit. Senko is using medicine drum for healing and enjoy music now. She has then learned that the human's own voice frequencies is one of great healing tool for own body and mind by CymaSonic method. Now she enjoys make music , move and play instruments.
My thought on One Note One Spirit(一音一会)is same as Saco and Sakurako.  

Sakurako Kataoka

Sakurako was born and raised in Japan. She moved to the United States 29 years ago for an MA in communications at NYU. She has been many things in her life, including a Japanese news broadcaster for twenty years both in Japan and NY, a banker, and full time mom. Sakurako has recently, rediscovered a new calling for her life in spiritual/performing arts.


 In 2014 she wrote and performed a one woman show "本当の私宣言" (Declaration of Authentic Me) that has played in New York, Tokyo, Kobe, and Okayama. She made a film debut in Yun Liang’s  “Keiko’s Hands” as a main character in 2017.


When I let my sprit move my body while listening to music, or  feeling the resonance in my body, I often ended up encoutering "authentic me."  That was fun, interesting and helpful. How could I deepen this tool and share with people who might appreciate it?

When I was day-dreaming that vision I met Saco and Senko. 

One thing led another and we started to gather with small instruments with other close friends. All of us except Saco has professional music back ground. We had no experience,  no knowledge, no skill in improv. The only thing we had, " maybe we had to have" was almost animal like intuitive senseor to feel other members and the sense of trust. We somehow knew nobody would judge anybody including Saco.  In stead of fixing us, she set us free and seemingly enjoyed playing with us. We felt so good about ourselves and blossomed  in our own unique ways. 

That was a big surprise to see  that in the the anarchic environment, each unique sound got together and ended up a harmonious ensemble unintentionally. "One Note" of each person became big "ONE NOTE" as a group. Feeling the resonance in my body I felt like my body was melting into the sound... becoming "One Spirit."   This feeling was widely shared among members.  That became our name. 


"One Note One Spirit"      


















自分の奥深くにあるその日その時の「一音」”One Note” は、

みんなで大きなひとつの"One Note" となり、




”One Note One Spirit”  英語名はそう決めました。













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