2nd Memorial Concert for the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami at St James, Paddington
Tickets will be available on the door for this concert
Toshiro Mayuzumi – Ehigo jishi
Takemitsu – How Slow the Wind
Holst – Oriental Suite ‘Beni Mora
Keiko Takano – Spring Mood for Japanese Percussion Instruments and Large Ensemble (World Premiere)
Kaoru Wade – Folkloric Dance Suite (Orchestra and Taiko)
Akiko Ohtomo Conductor
Joiji Hirota Japanese Drum taiko and Percussions
In the first half of the concert programme we will perform ‘How Slow The Wind’ by Takemitsu, who is the most popular composer in Japan and Oriental Suite ‘Beni Mora’ by Holst.
In the second half, we will incorporate Japanese drums called taiko and the Japanese drummer Joji Hirota will perform. The piece will also involve kins – a type of bells, called standing bells. There are several sizes of both instruments- taikos are from 20cm to 110cm in diameter and kins are from 5cm to 30cm. Keiko Takano will compose the new piece using taikos, kins, and a mixture of western orchestral instruments. The piece will be inspired by traditional rhythms and folk tunes mainly from Northern Japan. We strongly believe that the project, which combines taikos and kins, is truly innovative as it brings together old traditions and new music and it has a stunning visual impact. We are going to perform Kaoru Wada’s ‘Folkloric Dance Suite’ for the final piece which has energetic traditional Japanese themes.