The Kuricorder & Friends Asia 6-nation Music & Art Collaboration Project generates a new kind of creative expression and aims to develop cultural understanding and exchange through collaborations with artists from various countries in Southeast Asia. It also gives children in Southeast Asia the opportunity to experience the joy of playing musical instruments. As part of this project, a series of concerts and workshops will be held in Laos, Japan, Myanmar and Thailand. There will also be an off-program performance in Vietnam after those in Laos.
Performances in each region will feature a wide range of musical works from original pieces to old Japanese songs, as well as co-appearances with local artists. In Laos the Kuricorder Quartet will perform together with Khao Niew Theatre Group from Vientiane, a traditional instrument ensemble of lecturers from the National School of Music, and also a dance group from Children’s Cultural Center. The outstanding young Myanmar harp player Su Zar Zar is also scheduled to be invited to the concert in Japan.
Workshops will be given in Thailand and Myanmar by leading Japanese music educator and recorder player Minoru Yoshizawa, no doubt providing a valuable opportunity for local music educators.
The Kuricorder Quartet, established in 1994, is a music group whose work has been heard by most Japanese children through “Pythagoraswitch”, a well known childen’s program broadcast by NHK Educational TV. Using a variety of instruments, such as recorders, melodions, tuba, sax, guitar and percussion , they have established an intimate and distinctive sound. Their original compositions as well as arrangements which range from Western classics to traditional and rock music and to which they add their own humorous and heart-warming flavor attract not only audiences irrespective of generations but also artists wishing to collaborate with. As a result, they have presented music for a large number of sound track, TV programs and commercials, and more than 100 CDs have been published. They are always busy performers who perform over 100 concerts per year.
Lao Plaza Hotel, National school of music & dance（Vientiane）,Satri House, Royal Ballet Theater, Sofitel（Luang Prabang）, Star Pine’s Café(Tokyo), Patravadi Theatre, (Hua Hin),