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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Japanese trad jazz and hip-hop music for Fukushima

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Japanese trad jazz and hip-hop music for Fukushima


Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a charity concert for Fukushima prefecture and the other areas afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its aftermath.

It was an extraordinarily good concert that took place at the very unextraordinary Kawasaki-shi Sangyo Shinko Kaikan (Kawasaki Municipal Industry Promotion Hall) about 10 minutes walk from Kawasaki Station.



Japanese trad jazz and hip-hop music for Fukushima

The concert opened with Curt Patterson and Bruce Huebner, longtime Japan residents, originally from North America, who play the koto and shakuhachi. They played After the Rain by John Coltrane, Sunday Afternoon by Curt, Kyokusui, and Haru no Umi.


Japanese trad jazz and hip-hop music for Fukushima

Duality followed, a duo of Stephen Hawk and Andy, on sax and marimba and didgeridoo, who played Blue Mood, Great Ocean Road, Kamome Kamome, and Power Sound.

A hip-hop dance team of four, known as Trump Card, followed with some catwalk-style hip-hop. (Sorry, my camera couldn't handle the movement, so no picture.)


Japanese trad jazz and hip-hop music for Fukushima

The All Girls Jam, featuring Mayu, April, and Yumiko, played a jazz medley that included Days of Wine and Roses, and My Shining Hour.

And the finale was played by the All New Jazz Mash Band, a five-piece jazz band.

Japanese trad jazz and hip-hop music for Fukushima

The concert was a great success, raising over half a million yen for Great East Japan Earthquake disaster relief.

Highlights of the concert can be viewed online at Music for Charity where donations for rebuilding in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake are also being accepted.

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