Concert for Japan
A charitable event to raise awareness and funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe in Japan in April 2011.
Japanese and Latin American Music
supported by Theatro Technis
coordinated by Ricardo Curbelo in collaboration with the artist performers Saara Takase and Hibiki Ichikawa
Hibiki was borne in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
At the age of 20 he started playing the standard Shamisen. A year later,
impressed by the richness and variety of sounds produced by the Tsugaru
Shamisen, he began to study the instrument under a well-known teacher.
In 2005, He joined the indie rock group Cazicazi. This group combines
traditional Japanese flute and Shamisen with a western bass and drum
rhythm section. He plays live frequently in his local area and have played at
events across Japan. He has also performed internationally in Poland and South Korea.
Since 2008, He has been teaching the Shamisen regularly in his hometown.
While living in England, Hibiki wants to introduce the Tsugaru Shamisen to an
international audience by teaching and performing as much as possible
Acoustic Guitar & vocals
After buying a guitar at a charity shop in Brighton for £20. Rewarded with the learning from her every day practicing, she started writing and singing her own songs, wondering if some day she could busk in the street. But I couldn’t - She said.It was a really big challenge for me somehow. I didn't know how to start, how to decide the location, basically I was afraid of the people. But after the tragedy happened in my country and watching the news all day; feeling so useless and wanting to help my country; I wanted to send some money, but I don’t have enough money to do so. Okay, I said, I will try to make money and I started busking with all the purpose, just for Japan. I made a sign which is written simply “Play for Japan". Though I have never busked in my life, I had to start. After I posted some of my photos on Facebook, Play for Japan website contacted me; I didn't know that there was a more bigger and proper "Play for Japan" movement in London!! I though that was just a miracle, I was not alone. As soon as "Play for Japan" introduced me on their Facebook page and website, I got so many friends.
Saara has managed so far a donation over £1,000. She has been busking and travelling with his guitar around Europe.
Harp Cuatro & Vocals
Ricardois an skilled Latin American harpist, resident in London, who has had, since a very young age, experience as a performer representing Latin American musical and poetry culture on a wide variety of stages: radio & TV, educational institutions, festivals, concerts and charity performances, to name but a few. The special talent that Ricardo showed early on stage led him to be the youngest dancer and composer/poet/performer to be awarded International first prizes on several occasions. He is awinner of six international competitions in his home land.
In the UK his performances have earned him many compliments. His concerts are a colourful musical journey through different Latin American countries. Variety is provided by the skilful performance of traditional Latin American pieces together with many of his own compositions. As poet Ricardo is known as El Cóndor. His poetical compositions such as The Homo sapiens Dreambring today’s Latin American music and poetry to a new dimension. The Homo sapiens Dream is one of his more recent recorded compositions. This dramatic poetical progressive interpretation of human evolution has been much acclaimed by audiences. It was thanks to this piece, that Ricardo was presented as the perfect act for the day at the London Natural History Museum, during the Exhibition Road Festival in June 2010.
Ricardo is very pleased to perform for this concert, to share his solidarity with Saara Takase and Hibiki Ichikawa on their mission to support the victims form the tsunami and earthquake in Japan in April 2011.
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