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Kalimba (Thumb Piano) Player

HIROYUKI | TEDxTokyo 2013

Often called the thumb piano, the kalimba is the world’s simplest keyboard instrument, African-born and with a pure, uncomplicated sound. HIROYUKI’s unique kalimba tones, however, blow away such preconceptions and hint at the infinite ways in which this small instrument can be played. No one else seems able to mimic his fiery passion, the raindrop-clear silences, that express the ultimate rhythms of life. Although HIROYUKI primarily performs solo, he actively mixes it up in experiments with other musicians at dances, plays, recitals, art installations and concerts that go beyond genre. Live houses, clubs, cafés and festivals are where he can be spotted performing—and even on Tokyo’s streets, depending on his mood.