Tabla player Shen Flindell's personal blog, featuring news of his travels and experiences, plus other interesting snippets.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Japan Tour Finale: Gen-Shin-An
Another wonderful musical tour of Japan comes to a close, and perhaps I saved the best for last. (Or someone saved it for me.) Taro Terahara organises a beautiful concert at Japanese tea gardens Gen-Shin-An every October, and I actually played there in 2005. So I was very eagerly awaiting this year's concert, whose main artist was to be Steve Oda, a wonderful sarod player and old student of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. It is a rare afternoon concert featuring wonderful musicians in a wonderful setting with a wonderful audience (including many musicians and music students), and such an honour to be part of.
Gen-Shin-An - tea-house and gardens in Nishi-Kasai, Tokyo
Yuki opened the concert with two mantras, dedicated to Guru, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Shen with Taro Terahara (bansuri) playing Raga Madhuvanti
Steve Oda performs autumn raga Hindol-Hem as the sky darkens. Many many people were weeping listening to his music. Such a sublime artist in an inspiring setting!