Keiko Brailey and Ruth Power with a taisho koto, which will feature in the Japanese benefit concert.
Keiko Brailey and Ruth Power with a taisho koto, which will feature in the Japanese benefit concert. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Japanese benefit concert

FOLLOWING the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last month, the Warwick Peace Festival committee was hoping to somehow offer assistance to our Japanese friends.

Festival co-ordinator Ruth Power said they decided to combine culture and entertainment.

“Given the recent events in Japan we wanted to make it a Japanese benefit concert,” Mrs Power said.

The concert will feature music by Tibetan performer Tenzin Choegyal and a group of performers will travel from Kumiyama to perform.

“They have been practising furiously and are coming as part of the Peace Festival's cultural environment,” Mrs Power said

One unusual instrument that will be packed on the flight to Australia is the taisho koto – a type of Japanese harp.

The instrument features strings and keys that strongly resemble those found on a typewriter, coupled with strings that are plucked similar to a guitar.

Concert co-organiser Keiko Brailey travelled to Japan in March and brought back her very own taisho koto.

“The sound is a beautiful calm gentleness that is very relaxing,” she said.

Evolving from a much bulkier and heavy instrument, the taisho koto offers a convenient alternative that is lightweight and portable.

“It is the revitalisation of a traditional instrument,” Mrs Power said.

The Japanese benefit concert will be held at the Warwick Town Hall on Monday, May 2, and will feature a combination of both Australian and traditional Japanese music. For more information on the concert contact Ruth Power on 46615420.



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