concert is free but tickets are required.
On the first anniversary
of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, a worldwide series
of free concerts has been dispatched to convey the Japanese
people's sincere gratitude to the global community for its
tremendous outpouring of support. On Tuesday, March 6 at
7:30 PM, The Japan Foundation will present "Overcoming
the Disaster: Gratitude from Japan to the World," at Rose
Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln
Center on Broadway at 60th Street New York City. The event
features noted musicians from Japan of various genres, including
artists from Tōhoku, the region most greatly impacted
by the disaster.
The Japan Foundation
is the organizer of this New York concert and the entire worldwide
tour. The aim of the concerts is to show that Japan is steadily
heading towards recovery with a new "Kizuna" - bonds of friendship
- with the international community. The Japan Foundation writes,
"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the global
community for their tremendous support....Through this project,
we wish to convey a message from the citizens in the affected
areas to the international community about how important and
encouraging it is for those in difficulty to receive signs
of solidarity from the unknown global community. At the same
time we wish to show that we also stand by many other disaster
victims and refugees around the world, thus sharing a heartfelt
prayer for peace among all peoples."
The evening will
begin with a prayer for disaster victims anywhere. Nine troupes,
involving 30 musicians, will be presented. Headliners will
include Ondekoza, seven players of enormous taiko
drums whose performance is a fusion of dance and drumming.
This performance will also include New York children playing
bamboo instruments that will be fashioned in a workshop led
by musicians of Ondekoza on Sunday, March 4 at Avenue C Studios
on the Lower East Side.
will be Wakumizu Kagura, a folk performing arts group
from the area stricken by the earthquake and tsunami. Kagura
is a Shinto musical dance,from ancient Japan thought
to be pleasing to the gods. Twelve performers will appear.
The evening will
also include Kazutoki Umezu with brass quartet Umezu
Chibi Brass; Ochi Brothers (percussion duo), Sizzle
Ohtaka (vocals), Suguru Ikeda (vocals & Iriomote
sanshin, a stringed instrument), Yoichi Nozaki (electric
piano), Yumiko Tanaka (traditional shamisen
and vocals), and Bamboo Orchestra featuring Kimihiro
project will be performed March 2 at The Ahmanson Theatre,
LA Music Center and will tour to France March 10-11 and China
March 14 to 26. The musicians are also performing at United
Nations Headquarters. (Invitation only)
the worldwide concert series is available at: http://www.overcoming-disaster.jp/en/
(English) and http://www.overcoming-disaster.jp/
Video clips of
selected artists are available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNN9dOsWUBs.
The clips include performances by Ondekoza (Taiko Drums) and
Wakumizu Kagura ( Tōhoku Folklore Group).
The concert has
been curated and directed by Mitsuo Tamura. Production
Manager is GOH Productions, NYC.
On Sunday, March
4 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, musicians from Ondekoza and interpreters
will lead up to 30 lower and middle-income students from the
Lower East Side, ages 7-15, in a free bamboo instrument making
workshop at Avenue C Studios, 55 Ave. C (near E. 4th
Street). News and TV coverage are invited. The kids,
mostly students of East
Village Dance Project , will perform on these instruments
as part of Ondekoza's performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center
on March 6.
The Japan Foundation
is the first organization to specialize in international cultural
exchange in Japan. Its purpose is to contribute to the improvement
of a positive international environment and to the maintenance
and development of harmonious foreign relationships with Japan.
Through efficient and comprehensive implementation of activities
and international cultural exchange to deepen other nations'
understanding of Japan, the Japan Foundation hopes to promote
better mutual understanding among nations.
is supported by the Consulate General
of Japan in New York.
concert is free but tickets
General admission only.
Please do not wait to reserve.
Because of limited seating, we may not be able to accommodate
Frederick P. Rose Hall is fully accessible for patrons with mobility impairments.
Running time: 2 hours.