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Wasurenai 3.11: Musicians remember the Great East Japan Earthquake

Wasurenai 3.11
Wasurenai 3.11
Johnathon Bakan

On Saturday March 15, 2014 renown musicians and artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area will perform music related to the Tohoku area in Japan, where the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit on March 11, 2011.

Some of the very best musicians the Bay has to offer will be performing a free concert at Koret auditorium in the San Francisco public library, downtown. Musicians include Emmy award winning Asian jazz pioneer Mark Izu on bass and sho. Mark Izu will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki performing music and stories of people between worlds.

The sublime sounds of the Japanese koto will be prominently featured in the concert. Traditional musicians Fujin and Raijin will perform koto duets featuring works by Koto Master Shinichi Yuize. Natori Koto Master Shoko Hikage will also be in playing her koto in the concert.

Woodwinds will showcased courtesy of Mills College luminary Edward Schocker a composer and performer who creates music with made/found materials and alternate tuning systems. In this concert he will play the rarely heard hichiriki (reed oboe) and sho (mouth organ).

Performing artist Gretchen Jude will perform “Harusame” on shamisen, a song about a strong tree (ume) that flowers in the winter.

In addition, Folk music will be performed by Rio en Medio aka Danielle Stech-Homsy, a California/New Mexico artist. For this memorial concert, Rio en Medio will perform the poem "Kojo No Tsuki" (Moon Over Ruined Castle) by Bansui Doi, which she has adapted for guitar and voice. The well-known words, made popular by composer Rentaro Taki, speak of change and loss as reflected or perhaps juxtaposed by the steady light of the moon.

Wasurenai 3.11 is also a multi-media event that will feature artist Maki Aizawa and kimono by the Senninbari Project that was started after the tsunami by Sendai kimono maker Tsuyo Onodera and her daughter Maki Aizawa.

Tsuyo Onodera has been a kimono maker and teacher for fifty years. Her kimono school, where her daughter Maki grew up, has taught hundreds of women the art or making kimonos. Many of her past students live in the area effected by the tsunami.

Many people lost their land and livelihoods in the earthquake. This is why Tsuyo Onodera and Maki Aizawa decided to start the Senninbari Project using their knowledge of kimono making and the garment business to provide a livelihood for women who lost everything. They and their former students have gone to shelters to teach women how to sew traditional Tohoku designs.

”Wasurenai” 3.11 in Remembrance Concert
Saturday, March 15, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Koret Auditorium Main Library, Lower Level
100 Larkin St. (at Grove) 415-557-4277415-557-4277 free.


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