Camel comprises Shoko Takanashi (Whistles), Emy Sakai (Fiddle), Minami Oka (Bouzouki) and Yukari Narita (Bodhran and Concertina).
They play original music based on traditional Irish musical instrument organization. They attract the audience with the live performance that combines happiness and strength. Four members compose tunes inspired not only by Irish traditional style but from their certain music knowledge and theory from all over the world. The band name "CAMEL" includes the concept: a band carrying music around the world.
All members are from Tokyo University of the Arts, and joined Celtic Music Research Club at the time.
Camel is formed in 2009, and four albums have been released so far.
Emy Sakai started playing the violin at five years old. She plays Norwegian, Irish, and Arabic music by the violin and Hardanger fiddle, and joins many bands such as Norkul Tokyo (Norwegian), 3 Tolker (Nordic), Camel (Irish), tipsipúca (Irish), Musica Arabia (Arabic), Voice of the Nile Club (Arabic). Also, she has toured as a soloist in Japan and Norway.
She got her bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts) in 2012 from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in Musicology and also completing a master study from the same university.
She has studied Arabic music theory and rendition style performed with Nidaa Abu Mrad and Mustafa Said in Lebanon. Recently she concentrates on studying traditional Norwegian musical instrument, Hardanger fiddle with Knut Hamre et al in Norway. She published some books about Arab music in Japan. http://www.emysakai.com/
Shoko Takanashi started learning piano, solfège, composition in her childhood. She studied Musicology at Tokyo University of the Arts and then began to play the tin whistle. After graduation, she majored in Film scoring at Tokyo College of Music.
She is presently active as a tin whistle player and a composer and belongs to some bands: Camel, tipsipúca, etc. Her musical pieces are used for TV programs.
Yukari Narita is one of the top Bodhran player in Japan.
She has been playing the Piano, learning solfege and composition since childhood.
While in Tokyo University of the Arts, she started Irish music and performed in Ireland. In 2017 she co-starred with The Chieftains in Japan.
She is leading the “Japanese” Irish music through her performance and composition. One of her representative works “Awa-Odori” is based on Japanese “Odori” and Irish “Dance”.