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Trumpeting Japanese Culture

In conjunction with World Women’s Day, Perak Women for Women (PWW) organised a fundraising concert titled “Zen Concert” at the Dome, Meru Valley Golf Resort on Saturday, March 2.

Talented Japanese trumpeter, Kana Madarame and pianist, Tatsuya Ito were invited to perform.

This was the duo’s first appearance in Malaysia. They rendered a total of 10 musical pieces composed by Tetsunosuke Kushida.

Kana Madarame, an undergraduate of Tokyo Gakugei University holds a degree from the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. She is a board member of the International Women’s Brass Conference.

Tatsuya Ito’s repertoire is not restricted to a particular music genre. He is equally at ease with pop, jazz, rock and chanson. Tatsuya performs over 200 concerts yearly. His “tempting music” theme is delivered right from his heart. He too connects well with the musicians who accompany him.

The trumpeter’s rendition was superb. The rhythm was uplifting and rich, in sync with the instrument’s mutes and timbres.

Besides raising funds the concert’s other objective was to showcase Japanese culture via music. “Proceeds from tonight’s show will go towards funding charity projects undertaken by our society,” said Sumathi Sivamany, the president.

The Japanese musicians were presented with mementoes in appreciation for their contribution.

Thanusha Vikneswaran

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