When you swing this around, it makes mysterious sounds, like "boom, boom". This instrument is hand-made by Mr. Ara who lives in Fukushima, Japan. Mr.Ara's house, located about 2 miles from the ocean was almost swallowed by 70 feet Tsunami waves. The waves started to circle and pushed back to the offshore, and he survived.
The concert started out with a silent session. He asked us to close our eyes and turned off the lights in the room. He played spirit catcher, singing bowls, and bells while he walked around in the room. Your will experience the sounds and the vibrations. His live concerts are much more valuable than his CDs and DVDs. 20 minutes later, he turned on the lights and continued his live performance.
奈良裕之さんは写真家でもある。東日本被災地への義援金のため、写真とCDが1枚＄10で販売されました。 Yuji Nara is also a photographer. His photos and CD's were sold at $10 each. All proceeds from the sale of these photos and CD's will be used for 3-11 Eastern Japan Relief fund.
CD2枚と写真2枚を購入し、奈良裕之さんにサインしてもらいました。金色のペンなのでわかりにくいですが。。。 同CDはスピリットキャッチャー制作者の荒さんが福島で録画した自然音楽と奈良さんの演奏が交互に8曲。 I purchased 2 CDs and 2 photo prints and asked Yuji Nara to autograph. He signed in gold, so it's hard to see.... The CD has 4 pieces of natural sounds recorded in Fukushima by Mr. Ara who makes Spirit Cather and 4 pieces of Yuji Nara's performances.
The left photo was taken in Australia. The right photo is Mount Fuji, Japan.
Profile: From 1994, he started performing improvised music using ethnic musical instruments from around the world. As his life work, he started to perform concerts at many welfare facilities, schools, and hospitals. He has done collaborated concerts with dance, poetry, paintings, and photography. Also he participated in Ainu, Japanese indigenous people, dance poetry team "Mosiri" and traveled all over Japan in "Japan Spirit Tour". He also performed in Indonesia and Thailand.
From 1998, he and Bob Sam, an Alaska native story teller who appeared in the movie "Gia Symphony III" have been performing live music together at various locations. After the 3-11-2011 Eastern Japan big earthquake, they are traveling and performing healing music concerts all over Japan.
He mentioned he will stay in USA until around October 8, 2011. His website did not show where he will be staying or performing in USA, but I found a blog article. It said he will be performing a silent session on October 7, 2011, at Open Center in New York, another live in NY on October 1 and another one in Fort Lee, NJ on October 8, 2011.
Date and Time：October 7, 2011 Friday 7:30～9:30 pm Place：Open Center at 22 E. 30th St. bet. Madison & 5th Ave.,NY, NY Price：$40
Also Yuji Nara is performing in Westchester, NY on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
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