Project KANA played three  Soundscape of "Wa" concerts recently. The concerts took place at Ibaraki Prefectural Culture Center (Japan) on 20 October and at Shougakuin (Tokyo) on the nights of 27 and 28 October. The Soundscape of "Wa" is a Japanese version of the “Zen concert” by Project KANA. Introductions to the music were in Japanese and English. One of the venues, Shougakuin, is a Buddhist temple. The atmosphere there was both sacred and dignified.

 

Incense smoke and Japanese décor greeted the audiences, who were drawn into the world of "Wa". Tetsunosuke Kushida’s music and KANA’s trumpet playing enchanted them greatly . KANA expressed Japanese culture further by playing some pieces based on haiku written by Basho, the most famous Japanese poet. In addition, she performed pieces based on matsuri, an important Japanese festival, and sakura (cherry blossoms), which are loved by so many Japanese. She also played two hymns which helped the audiences to relax and experience Zen.

 

One of the highlight of the concert was Suite for Trumpet “Yin and Yang”  : Exploring Mito Kairakuen Park(World Premiere). I commissioned a new composition from Tetsunosuke Kushida  for this recital, which was based on my hometown Mito, in particular Mito Kairakuen Park (since 1842), one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. This suite consists of five pieces: MIHARUKASU (Overlook), MINAMO (Surface), YURAGU (Waver), KAZEKAORU (Fresh breeze), TASOGARE (Dusk) and the encore piece; SHIMIJIMITO (Contemplation). The concept of the park is everything contains both yin and yang. This was the belief of Nariaki Tokugawa (1800-1860) who formulated the plan for the park originally. By exploring the scenery in the park we can experience the harmony of yin and yang. In this music, Kushida expressed the ambiguity in yin and yang. In addition he expressed his thoughtfulness and experience based on his life of over eighty years. The 'Kai’ in Kairakuen refers to everyone, while 'raku̓means emotional leeway. Kushida incorporated yin and yang in all six pieces. KANA's performance expressed the park’s wonderful scenery exquisitely. The subtle use of lighting and images of the park, enabled audiences to fully comprehend the purpose behind the music.

 

Audiences told us that through the concerts they learned things about Japan that they had not known before even though they were Japanese. 

Moreover, some audience members commented that through listening to KANA perform they experienced a great sense of calm. The audiences took great enjoyment from the fact they had attended a unique event. With Project KANA, audiences experience more than just a concert. Next time it could be your turn. See you in your town!

photo by HIRANO TETSURO
The Soundscape of "Wa" 2018

KANA European tour 2017:

KANA European tour 2017 took place on 27th April at the Walferdance Church (Luxembourg), on 30th April at the Nittel church (Germany), and on 2nd May at Saar-Mosel-Winzersekt (Germany). It was called the "Zen Concert."

 

KANA wore a Japanese Kimono and most of the music was composed by Tetsunosuke Kushida. The atmosphere at each venue was fantastic. KANA warmly explained Japanese culture, Japanese spirit, and Shintoism. This was how the audience was able to understand and experience Zen. KANA’s commentary was translated into Luxembourgish and German by translators at the concerts. In response, many audience members said, “I was able to really understand the Japanese culture. I felt very close to Japan.” Audiences gave a standing ovation at the end of the concerts. This event and her story were featured in newspapers and on the internet. Many people are now looking forward to our Zen Concert in the USA.

 

Project KANA, ~harmonise with infinity~ will be shared all over the world!

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