BANDď MATATARď IV

Stage names:

Band˘ Matatar˘ IV In Japanese
Arashi Kuhachi In Japanese

Guild: T˘gokuya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: T˘zan

Existence: ??? ~ 13th day of the 9th lunar month of 1801 [1]

Connections:

Father: Arashi Otohachi I

Masters: Ichimura Uzaemon IX, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII

Brother: Arashi Otohachi II

Career:

11th lunar month of 1747: he made his first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, playing a child role in the kaomise drama "Izu Gunzei Sum˘ no Nishiki".

11th lunar month of 1753: he became disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII and took the name of Band˘ Matatar˘ IV at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of the yakko Kiyarasuke in the kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi".

11th lunar month of 1759: Matatar˘ became katakiyaku and performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Okunizome Shusse Butai".

7th day of the 5th lunar month of 1762 [2]: his master Ichimura Uzaemon VIII died.

11th lunar month of 1762: Matatar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Koretaka Shinn˘ in the kaomise drama "Kisoe Uta Sakae Komachi".

1st lunar month of 1763: Matatar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1768: Matatar˘ became tachiyaku and achieved a great success by playing at the Ichimuraza the role of Arakawa Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe".

26th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1769 [3]: his father Arashi Otohachi I died.

1st lunar month of 1770: Matatar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1770: Matatar˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1770: Matatar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Eda Genz˘ in the kaomise drama "Ma'ichimonjiya Sakigake Hy˘ban", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1771: Matatar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1771: Matatar˘ went back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1771: Matatar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Harata Rokur˘ in the kaomise drama "Kono Hana Yotsugi no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1772: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Ume˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru were played by ďtani Hiroji III and Arashi Sangor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1772: Matatar˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "ďyoroi Ebid˘ Shinozuka", which celebrated the great shűmei of the actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘", performed as a kaomise drama. Matatar˘ played the roles of Band˘ Tar˘ (!) and Ise no Sabur˘ [casting]. This 46-days long performance, which was also the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, was a tremendous success.

9th lunar month of 1774: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Maboroshi no Takeemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1774: Matatar˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the roles of Kasuya T˘ta and Kisanta in the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi Tsuki no Kaomise", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1775: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Shida Yuzuriha H˘rai Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I.

8th lunar month of 1775: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role Watanabe Minbu in the drama "Keisei Tsuki no Miyako".

11th lunar month of 1775: Matatar˘ moved to the Ichimuraza and achieved a great success by playing the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Oyafune Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II, Osagawa Tsuneyo II, Nakamura Noshio I and Sakata Hangor˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1776: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Sukune Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1776: Matatar˘ moved to the Nakamuraza and performed in the kaomise drama "Sakuya Kono Hana no Kaomise".

8th lunar month of 1777: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1777: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Yurugi Saemon in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1779: Matatar˘ became jitsuaku and performed in the kaomise drama "Uta Kurabe T˘sei Moy˘", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1780: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the roles of Ume˘maru and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru were played by Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

4th lunar month of 1780: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Enba, Kij˘ Tar˘ and Y˘ Y˘dai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The play was staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Matatar˘ played the roles of Marigase Shűya and Doj˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1780: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Ari˘maru in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi"; the role of Shunkan was played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

9th lunar month of 1780: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of the farmer Yomosaku in the drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu".

11th lunar month of 1780: Matatar˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Nanba Jir˘, the villain of the "Shibaraku" scene starring Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, in the kaomise drama "Tokimekiya Oedo no Hatsuyuki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Arashi Hinasuke I.

3rd lunar month of 1781: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Yuranosuke and Okaru were played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Nakamura Kumejir˘.

11th lunar month of 1781: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Nanakusa Yosooi Soga".

7th lunar month of 1782: Matatar˘ played in the same theater the roles of Watanabe Minbu and the yakko Dampei in the drama "Datezome Shikata K˘shaku", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

4th lunar month of 1783: Matatar˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of the yakko Hatasuke, Sakama Denbŕ and Hosokawa Yoriyuki in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie".

2nd lunar month of 1784: Matatar˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Denkaib˘ in the drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima".

6th lunar month of 1800: Matatar˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he played the role of Hida Saemon in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

13th day of the 9th lunar month of 1801 [1]: Matatar˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Band˘ Matatar˘ IV was a good katakiyaku and tachiyaku of the second half of the eighteenth century. his forte were aragoto roles in jidaimono dramas. In the last years of his career, he took an active part in the management of the Ichimuraza but it did not work well and the theater had to close. He also managed a bath house in the district of Segawa-ch˘.

[1] The 13th day of the 9th lunar month of the 1st year of the Ky˘wa era was the 20th of October 1801 in the western calendar.

[2] The 7th day of the 5th lunar month of the 12th year of the H˘reki era was the 28th of June 1762 in the western calendar.

[3] The 26th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Meiwa era was the 2nd of May 1769 in the western calendar.

Band˘ Matatar˘ IV in a print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘

Print made by Kitao Shigemasa at the end of the 1760s

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1773

The Band˘ Matatar˘ line of actors

 
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