1999年20世紀末 豊田市にて結成。幾多のメンバーチェンジを繰り返し、現在は和太鼓、篠笛、あたり鉦、シタール、タブラ、馬頭琴、ジェンベ、ドゥンドゥン等各国の様々な土着楽器とギター、ベース、SAXなど西洋楽器を使い 日本のお囃子やチンドン等 日本やアジア、モンゴロイドのGROOVEと、パンクやロック、レゲエサウンドから民謡、各国土着音楽まで勝手雑多に飲み込んだ極東八百万サウンド。
日本、アジア近辺の土着ズンドコビートと独自の世界観や節回しを磨きつつ 自分たちのルーツ 遺伝子 細胞 魂の踊る音楽を模索追及中。
２０１２年現在総勢１７名のサウンドメンバーと音響等 スタッフあわせ２０数名が入れ替わり 状況に応じ形を変えつつ進行中。
・自主制作で3曲入り 1st CD"深海の水のように"リリース（廃盤）
・自主制作で４曲入り 2nd CD"斑デ踊レ"リリース（廃盤）
・microActionより 1st DVD「SELF NAVIGATION」リリース
・microActionより 3rd CD「SELF NAVIGATION」リリース
・INDIVISION より TURTLE ISLAND by roots magazine
・microActionより 1st CD 「深海の水のように」
『SONG FOR TIBET from JAPAN』に参加
・microActionより 1st Ful Album 「ズナマ」リリース
Formed in 1999 at Toyota City Japan
Turtle Island is a 13 piece punk orchestra that fuses traditional Japanese carnival beats with other musical elements including distorted guitar, Indian music, and Korean traditional music, all held together with a punk rock background.
Main vocalist Yoshiki is a charismatic poet creating a unique world with his lyrics, and is often referred to as the Japanese Joe Strummer or Manu Chao. With his passionate messages, Turtle Island has gained great recognition amongst underground as well as mainstream music lovers.
Turtle Island has performed with international artists such as Fermin Muguruza and Esne Beltza from Basque country, and received great admiration from artists such as PREFUSE73 and David Byrne from Talking Heads. David Byrne selected 3 songs from TURTLE ISLAND for his web radio after his visit to Japan. http://www.davidbyrne.com/radio/archives/2009.php#february_09
In 2008, Turtle Island headlined at “KAIKOO meets REVOLUTION” festival presented by POP GROUP & microAction, sharing the bill with more than 80 groups. They have also performed in number of rock festivals such as, Rising Sun Rock Festival, Nagisa Music Festival, Dragon Rock Festival, TOYOTA ROCK FESTIVAL, FESTA de RAMA, ZETTAI-MU etc. In 2009 they had their first overseas tour in Basque country, and in 2010 they were invited to Morocco to perform at “MAWAZINE MUSIC FESIVAL” presented by the Moroccan King playing along with Alpha Blondy the Cote d'Ivoire reggae legend, and 4 time Grammy nominee Angelique Kidjo.
In the end of 2010, they collaborated with Kabuki company “Hapon Theater Project” supervised by Tomohiko Hara to create a brand new style of entertainment “Punk Macbeth”, and in 2011 “Punk King Lear” a collaboration of punk rock & Kabuki & Shakespeare held at Nagoya Noh Theater. They sold over three thousand tickets over the three days performance both year and released the original sound track and DVD of the performance from their own label “microAction”.
2011,the orchestra has begin to organize and curate their own festival “SOUL BEAT ASIA” in their home town Toyota City every year, which the festival focus on bridging aboriginality music and culture with next generation artists from all around Asia that expresses traditional art with modern interpretation. Also this festival is known as the only festival in Japan that’s run by 100% pure solar power off grid electric system (designed by “Personal Energy Kobe Japan”), and it provides the entire electricity of the festival site from Stage PA system to food court area. This “charge free” out door festival brings over 5000 people each year, which it’s becoming a new tradition for the locals.
In Feb 2013, the orchestra performed at New York Fashion Week in collaboration with Japanese leather clothing brand “blackmeans” and in June they toured 3 cities in China (Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai) including headlining at Hanggai Festival (Beijing).July they appeared at the long awaited “Fuji Rock Festival 13” and performed two stages (Red Marque and Orange Court) with huge impact.
Self release 3 song EP “SHINKAI NO MIZU NO YOUNI(Like a deep sea Water)” released
Self release 4 song EP “MADARA DE ODORE (Let’s Dance)” released
Comp album “ KURUIZAKE meets revolution” released
1sr DVD “SELF NAVIGATION” released from microAction
3rd CD “SELF NAVIGATION” released from microAction
Documentary DVD + Photo book “TUTLE ISLAND by roots magazine” released from INDIBISION
1st EP “SHINKAI NO MIZU NO YOUNI(Like a deep sea Water)” re-mastered released from microAction
participated in Tibetan freedom benefit comp album “SONG FOR TIBET from JAPAN” released from Traffic
1st Full length album “ZUNAMA” released from microAction
Original sound track “Punk Kabuki Macbeth” released from microAction
Single +DVD “Praise Song Of Life” released from microAction
2nd Full length album “KARAKARA KANKAN” released from microAction
2song New EP “Pargan-Dorang- released from microAction
official web site： www.turtleisland.jp
management web site： www.microaction.jp