SAWAMURA SďGORď
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Sawamura S˘gor˘ I
Sawamura S˘gor˘ I  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, his first-recorded performance happened in the 11th lunar month of 1727 in Edo at the Moritaza, where he played under the name of Sawamura S˘gor˘ the tachiyaku role of Hiraka no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki". He tourred in 1734 in Nagoya and Ise along with Fujioka Daikichi, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I, Ogino Yaegiri I, Tamiya Shirogor˘, Sakakiyama Fujisabur˘, Tatsuoka Someemon, Sagawa Bunz˘ II, Fukuda Dan'emon, ďtori Michiemon and Matsushima Hy˘tar˘. He settled in Ky˘to in Fall, playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ and Kobunji in the drama "Nasu no Yoichi Saikai Suzuri", which was produced at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘. He also played in the 11th lunar month of 1735 at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Imagawa Yoshimoto in the kaomise drama "Bankoku ďshimadai", which was produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I. He settled in ďsaka in Fall 1737 and played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Takigor˘ in the kaomise drama "Iwatogura Kogane Masugata". He played in the 11th lunar month of 1744 at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Yamazaki Yojibei Imay˘ Sugata", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II. This was his last-recorded stage performance. His ranking in the 1745 ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). We don't know what happened to him afterwards.

The actors Sawamura S˘gor˘ I (left) and Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II (right) performing in the kaomise drama "Fűryű Gozen Kabuki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1739 at the Naka no Shibai

Sawamura S˘gor˘ II
Band˘ Yagor˘ II  In Japanese | Sawamura S˘gor˘ II  In Japanese | Sawamura Gengor˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Yajibŕ  In Japanese | Band˘ Takiz˘  In Japanese | Band˘ Kat˘  In Japanese
 

Born in T˘ky˘ the 30th of October 1909. He started his career in 1918 as a disciple of Band˘ Katar˘ (a disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon XV), who gave him the name of Band˘ Kat˘ in 1920. He became a disciple of Morita Kan'ya XIII and received the name of Band˘ Takiz˘ in January 1928. He became nadai and took the name of Band˘ Yajibŕ in April 1942 at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘. He became a disciple of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII in 1943 and received the name of Sawamura Gengor˘. He took the name of Sawamura S˘gor˘ II in September 1953 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ichisuke in the drama "Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ". He finally became a disciple of Morita Kan'ya XIV and took the name of Band˘ Yagor˘ II in January 1961 at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Ishihara Shingo, the tedai Sahei, the wakat˘ Tomohei and the taiko mochi Sakuragawa Ryűhei in the dramas "Kinkakuji", "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", "Keya-mura" and "Yoshiwara Gitsune". He appeared on stage for the last time in October 1993, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of the yanushi Jinpachi in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi". He died the 8th of February 1999. This important supporting actor served three generations of masters: Morita Kan'ya XIII, his adopted son Morita Kan'ya XIV and finally Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V. He was outstanding in bant˘ or tedai roles in sewamono dramas, like the bant˘ Ch˘kur˘ in "H˘kaib˘" or T˘hachi in "Kirare Yosa".

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yamatoya Tateoka Akira
 
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