Shin IchikawaBass, Pedal synth born on April 20, 1961
His interest in music was stimulated by the Beatles when he was 13 years old and he began playing the bass at the age of 16. For the first 6 albums, he was also the main vocalist of the band. After turning to instrumental music in 2007, he plays bass and pedal synth.Favorite artists: The Beatles, John Coltrane, Pablo Casals
Issei Takami Guitar, Guitar synth born on March 20, 1965
He took up the guitar at the age of 13 under the influence of his elder brother. He has absorbed the essence of many genres, which are reflected in his guitar style.Favorite artists: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis
Max Hiraishi Drums born on January 14, 1963
He began the guitar at the age of 12 after awakening to rock music and moved over to drums when he was 17. He aspires to a tight and heavy rhythmic feel.Favorite artists: Carmine Appice, Jeff Porcaro, Led Zeppelin
Band Profile
Baraka is an ancient Sufi word meaning “breath of life” or “blessing”
BARAKA was formed in Tokyo in 1997 with three members, Shin ( bass and vocals), Issei ( guitar and vocals) and Max ( drums).The band’s blood is “edge rock” , including prog rock , jazz , funk , and blues. They create their own unique musical idiom in which an aggressive and thrilling presentation is combined with a freewheeling performance style made possible by their simple lineup which is trio.

Their stage performance are full of the powerful sound and tight ensemble. BARAKA has played over 300 gigs all over Japan as well as abroad like Britain, Canada (NXNE music festival in Toronto), America, Australia and Europe where they have met with the highest praise.

BARAKA appeared at PROG’SUD, the international progressive rock festival held over four days on the outskirts of Marseille in May 2006. Among all the bands appearing at this festival, BAKARA had the smallest line-up but was acclaimed as a powerful trio generating maximum energy.

The band produced 9 albums in its 13 years of existence.
In 2007, they recorded their first all instrumental album “BARAKA VII” and this 7th album was released from Musea Records on October 2007.

In the spring of 2008, the band had a tour in Europe and played at the PROG’SUD festival again in France and the Madrid Art Music Festival in Spain.

After coming back from the European Tour, they concentrated on recording a new album and the 8th album titled ” Shade of Evolution” was released from Musea Records on October 2008.

In the summer of 2009, Baraka took part in the progressive rock festival CRESCENDO in France.

In 2010, Baraka released their 9th album ” Inner Resonance” on Musea Records on March and parformed for the third time after 2006 and 2008 in the Prog’Sud Festival in Marseille on May


2000 December London (UK)
2001 August London (UK)
2001 October Bangkok (Thailand)
2002 June NINE Festival (Toronto, Canada)
New York (USA)
2003 December AUSTRALIA TOUR
・Gold Coast
・Gold Coast
2005 April Seoul (South Korea)
2006 May Prog’Sud Festival (Marseille, France)
2008 April-May EURO TOUR
・Tournai (Belgium)
・,Verona (Italy)
・La Palmyre (France)
Prog’Sud Festival (Marseille, France)
Madrid Art Music Festival (Madrid, Spain)
2009 August FRANCE TOUR
・Meschers sur Gironde
・La Palmyre
・ Vaux sur Mer
・Saint Palais sur Mer
Crescendo Festival
2010 May EURO TOUR
・Vercelli (Italy),
・Vitroles (France)
Prog’Sud Festival (Marseille, France)