チャラン・ポ・ランタン (Charan-Po-Rantan) is made up of two sisters: vocalist Momo (19yo) and Koharu (23yo) on accordian/chorus.
Koharu recalls that she was born playing the accordian which made labour and delivery quite painful for her mom.
Another legend states that Koharu was 7 years old while at the circus when her eyes met that of an accordion player.
It was love at first sight and sound and Koharu knew then and there that playing the accordion would be her “raison d’être.”
Young Koharu wrote Santa Claus for an accordion and being a good little girl she was presented with one at Christmas.
Presently, Koharu is a world-class, internationally acclaimed accordion player. She has won numerous competitions and was
National Grand Champion in 2009 subsequently representing Japan at the International Finals of the V-Accordion Festival in Rome, Italy. photos
Almost as formidable as her prowess on accordion is Koharu’s razor sharp wit. Koharu’s story-telling and comedic banter during emcee breaks
is frequently the highlight of Charan-Po-Rantan’s shows.
Momo began her professional music career as a singer at the age of 16. Her trademark is to belt out classic
and original folk/gypsy tunes while hugging a plush doll pig under her arm.
But despite her young age and absolutely adorable appearance Momo-chan shines on-stage with the expertise
and composure of a veteran cabaret chanteuse.
Momo is widely sought after for her singing talent and charm by numerous artists and bands within Tokyo:
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As a duo, Charan-Po-Rantan can captivate any audience with their soulful, quirky charm.
However, when backed by their supremely talented support band CANCAN BALKAN, Charan-Po-Rantan’s already potent stage performance
is exalted to an awe-inspiring level. Bizarre and campy but oozing with elite musical talent, Charan-Po-Rantan & CANCAN BALKAN’s
brilliantly orchestrated original songs and unique Japanese twist on Klezmer and gypsy/folk classics is guaranteed to elicit cheers
from anyone with an open mind and appreciation for good music.