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Tsunami violin concert – 10 September

  • St Andrews on the Terrace 30 The Terrace Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

The project - Bonds made of a Thousand Tones

This concert tour subtitled "Sen no neiro de tsunagu kizuna" (Bonds made of a thousand tones) is a part of the International Tsunami Violin Project. A world project involving a thousand violinists in relay, performing on the special 'Tsunami Violin' made in remembrance of the deceased and well wishing hopes to survivors of the 2011 Japan Earthquake.

New Zealand born and raised violin & piano duo - Isomura Brothers have been given the greatest privilege to perform on this special instrument for the first time in New Zealand.

The concert programme comprises of multiple New Zealand premier, International premier and tour exclusive arrangements of works by the most significant and influential composers of Japan such as Toru Takemitsu, Akira Ifukube (Composer of Godzilla) and Joe Hisaishi (Composer of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Totoro). The programme will also feature a brand new arrangement for violin and piano of the world popular Final Fantasy series.

It will be a one of a kind festive event where the audience will hear both classical and popular culture music played on the same stage with the Tsunami Violin and piano!

Tsunami Violin - The Symbol of Hope

On the 11th of March 2011, a disastrous earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region in Japan. More than 1,700 people died in Rikuzentakata town. But for the survivors, a lone miracle pine stands tall as a symbol of hope and strength and now travels the world as a part of a musical instrument.

The miracle pine is known as the "kiseki no ipponmatsu" was the only one that survived the tsunami out of the 70,000 trees that once stood on the coast of Rikuzentakata town. A violin craftsman based in Tokyo, Muneyuki Nakazawa, was granted a special permission to use a small amount of the miracle pine to create the sound post, and driftwood gathered from the coast after the tsunami to make the body of the violin. It was made in remembrance of the deceased and with the aspiration of hope to the survivors of the devastating tragedy.

The goal of the International Tsunami Violin Project is to pass on the history of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami to the audience through classical music.

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