Shima Kobayashi (chromatic harmonica)

Studied chromatic harmonica in Japan and the UK, winning the World Harmonica Championships in 1995. Continuing the chromatic harmonica repertoire established by Tommy Reilly and other players in the 20th century, she co-leads Ensemble Elan and is a member of Joel NBell’s Gu=okumi project. she has she has recorded two solo albums (‘Golden Girl’ and ‘Chromatic!’) for the Japanese label Fontec. Throughout her musical career, she has been active in expanding the horizon of the instrument, collaborating with composers, and as an improviser, with dance and multi-media projects, as well as touring for some years throughout Japan, creating outreach concerts and workshops for children and people who are unable to come to concert venues.