Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan Foundation Present: Overcoming the Disaster Arigato from Japan Free Concert

This event is organized to show gratitude for the support and encouragement Japan has received from the global community since the earthquake and tsunami devastated the nation last March. It is held at 6:30pm, Friday, March 2, 2012, Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre.

Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan Foundation Present: Overcoming the Disaster Arigato from Japan Free Concert
Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2012 --( What:

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami inspired shock and horror among all who saw the unbelievable footage of the disaster. But people all over the world sprung into action immediately, establishing emergency funds, sending relief supplies, and even going to Japan themselves to lend a hand wherever it was needed.

The gratitude of the Japanese people for these acts of kindness is immense. With this concert tour, featuring some of Japan’s top performers in several musical genres, the people of Japan hope to be able to express some of their appreciation for the care and assistance of so many people around the globe, to show that the nation is recovering, and that the affected region is rediscovering joy after so much destruction. The tour will take the performers to Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongchin, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong and features some of the best musical artists from the region most greatly impacted by the disaster.

When & Where:

6:30pm, Friday, March 2, 2012
Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: 213. 972.7211
Admission Free.
RSVP is required.


Tohoku Folk Performance Group
・Wakumizu Kagura

・Ondekoza (Japanese taiko drums)

・Bamboo Orchestra (musical instruments made from bamboo)
・Kazutoki Umezu Orchestra (saxophones, trombone and tuba)
・Ochi Brothers (percussion)
・Sizzle Ohtaka (vocal)
・Several others

Performers include Ondekoza, Japan’s master players of the taiko, which are enormous drums. Playing them is as much dance as it is drumming, and the bone-rattling sounds produced must be heard live to truly experience. Also on hand will be a Bamboo Orchestra performing with traditional Japanese instruments. The day before the concert, they will offer a workshop to teach children how to make their own traditional Japanese instruments out of bamboo. The Kazutoki Umezu Chibi Brass, with saxophones, trombone and tuba, represents the best of Japan’s more contemporary music. The Ochi Brothers will be performing percussion, and Sizzle Ohtaka will be providing vocals. A folk performing arts troupe from Tohoku will also be on hand to show the audience the beauty of eastern Japan’s traditional musical arts.


1-3pm, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Lobby of the Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre

20-30 children from local schools will be invited. Students will make their own instruments with bamboo and also have the opportunity to perform with them in the theater on March 2.

Japan Foundation Los Angeles
Miyuki Sato