30 Dec 2012

After the concerts in Nagoya, Japan




Pocket Penguin has finished two concerts at Munetsugu Hall and at Sarmale on 18th of December. We would like to say many thanks to all of you who came to these events and also who supported us.!

The programmes:

Lunch time concert (day-time)

*Bulgarian Folk Dance - Kopanitsa
*Musa Mirzoev - 6 pieces on material of Azerbaijan Folklore
1. Lyrical piece
2. First Dance
3. Second Dance
*Niyazi Hajibeyov - Music fragments from the film “Almas”
*Michio Miyagi- Haru no Umi
*Bartok Bela - Romanian Christmas Carols Series 1
*Christmas Carol - The First Noel
*Ennio & A. Morricone: Fragments from the Film “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”
*Ryusuke Koarashi - A Bird Flying over Mountains
Encore: Handel- Ombra Mal Fu

The Live show (evening-time)
Part 1:
*Bulgarian Folk Dance - Kopanitsa
*Hideyuki Fujiwara (sung by Sachiko Nishida) - Akashia no Ame ga yamutoki
*Musa Mirzoev - 6 pieces on material of Azerbaijan Folklore
1. Lyrical piece
2. First Dance
3. Second Dance
*Michio Miyagi- Haru no Umi

Part 2:
*Tadashi Manjome (sung by Hibari Misora) - Kanashiki Kuchibue
*Christmas Carol - The First Noel
*Bartok Bela - Romanian Christmas Carols Series 1
*Ryusuke Koarashi: Ikoku no oka (Foreign Hill)
*Ennio & A. Morricone: Fragments from the Film “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”
*Marguerite Monnot: Hymne à l'amour
Encore: Ryusuke Koarashi - A Bird Flying over Mountains



Ayumi Toyama: Melodica
Ryusuke Koarashi: Guitar

2 Dec 2012

Kitchen Party (Christmas Party)

Kitchen Party (Christmas Party) has finished.

Programme:

Ennio & A. Morricone: Fragments from the Film "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso"
B. Bartok: Romanian Christmas Carol
Ryusuke Koarashi: Ikoku no oka (Foreign Hill)
Christmas Carol: The First Noel

Melodica: Ayumi Toyama
Guitar: Ryusuke Koarashi

Fragments from the Film "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" is an arrangement of pieces from the famous Italian film "new cinema paradise" in English. Ryusuke first arranged for solo guitar many years ago, and this time rearranged it for melodica and guitar. All the film music might be strongly attributed to a particular situation in the film, but such film music can often be enjoyed separately, giving alternative meaning and context outside the film. The pieces in the arrangement was not just ordered with following the story of the film, but was re-edited to give a different meaning as a whole. (originally it was made it for a wedding party of Ryusuke's friend). Romanian Christmas Carol is originally a piano piece by Bartok, chosen and "edited" from Christmas songs in Romania.Those songs are sung during Christmas time, but according to Bartok, many of those have the origin in ancient religion before the Christianity raised. Foreign Hill was composed in many years ago, and was even forgotten until now "rediscovering". Now it is renewed for melodica and guitar, and will be performed for next concert again.



The concept of Kitchen Party is to enjoy listening music with eating and drinking. So everyone brings his/her own food and drink to share with each other. We have enjoyed various food from many different countries, but this time, surprisingly we encountered our favourite food, SUSHI!! Many thanks to N-san who brought it! and hope to see "them" again!

After the Tea Time Concert at AGE UK

Pocket Penguin(s) performed for a tea time concert at AGE UK. There were about 50 elderly people and we could play in a very warm and nice a...