24 Dec 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Happy Christmas,

Pocket Penguin recently organised an ensemble concert with our students. We and the students enjoyed playing violin, flute, piano, guitar, tombak and melodica. That was the first time for most of them both to play melodica and join in an musical ensemble, but we think they did it very well. We made a CD with the recordings of the pieces they played. Here is one of the recordings on the CD, “We wish you a Merry Christmas”, which we played with a six years old girl, Komachi Paine, a good melodica player.



10 Dec 2013

Performance at U3A

Pocket Penguin performed at an event of U3A (University of the 3rd Age) with Viola da Cunha.

Performer:
Ayumi Toyama (melodica)
Ryusuke Koarashi (guitar)

Programme:
Novello: My Dearest Dear
Gershwin: Foggy Day
Falla: El Pano Moruno
Falla: Nana
Falla: Cancion
Monti: Czardas
Gershwin: (Medley) Love Walked In – I Got A Rhythm – The Man I Love
Lehar: Vilia
J.S.Bach: BWV 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Christmas Carol: First Nowell
Adam: O Holy Night

2 Dec 2013

Music Picnic (Ensemble Concert)

We organised an ensemble concert with our students. Both piano and guitar student usually plays and practices solo piece alone in their process of learning. We think it is better for them to have an opportunity to make music with others, to see/experience music from different view point, and playing in ensemble is absolutely enjoyable!

15 ensembles consisted of mainly melodica, and flute, violin, piano, guitar, and tombak.

Music Picnic

PART 1

German Folk Song: Buzz Little Bee (Melodicas) Arr. R. Koarashi
W.A. Mozart: That Sounds So Beautiful (Melodicas) Arr. Wilhelm Popp
Japanese Song: Mushi no Koe (Melodicas) Arr. R. Koarashi
English Folk Song: Scarborough Fair (Melodicas) Arr. E. Coulthard
Polish Christmas Carol: Lulajże Jezuniu, Moja Perełko (Melodicas, Piano) Arr. R. Koarashi
George R. Poulton: Aura Lea (Melodicas, Piano) Arr. R. Koarashi
Czech Folk Song: Polka of Mountains (Melodicas, Piano) Arr. R. Koarashi
German Folk Song: The Cuckoo (Melodicas, Piano) Arr. M. Matsuda
English Christmas Song: We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Melodicas, Guitar) Arr. R. Koarashi

PART 2
Makoto Nomura: Don Yu (All)

PART 3
Iranian Folk Song: Gole Gandom (Piano, Tombak, Guitar) Arr. R. Koarashi
Anooshiravan Rohani: Gole Sangam (Vocal, Tombak, Melodica, Guitar) Arr. R. Koarashi
Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr.: We Three Kings of Orient Are (Flute, Violin, Melodica, Guitar) Arr. R. Koarashi
German Folk Song: Chorus of Frogs (Flute, Violin, Melodicas, Piano) Arr. M. Matsuda
Jo Hisaishi: Path of the Wind (Flute, Melodica, Piano) Arr. R. Koarashi
Christmas Song: Jingle Bells (Melodicas, Piano) Arr. R. Koarashi

Pocket Penguin:
J. S. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Arr. R. Koarashi
Vittorio Monti: Csárdás Arr. R. Koarashi
English Christmas Carol: The First Noel Arr. R. Koarashi

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...