Message from Artichoke Music to HELP JAPAN
On Saturday, July 16, 2011, please come out for an evening to help Japan featuring two of the most unique and original guitar artists at one of the finest listening spaces that Portland Oregon has ever produced. This will be the very first time for the two musicians to come together, and a lot of energy and fire on the stage and in the room is highly anticipated.
Toshi Onizuka has performed, taught and toured in Spain with traditional flamenco artists and beyond, and most significantly has developed the highest level of original hybrid picking as if Paco de Lucia and Al Di Meola were completely infused together and more. Goh Kurosawa is noted for his approach to combining non-common time signatures such as 7/8 with Japanese soundscapes, and immediately following the M9.0, with the help of energetic people and musicians, he organized a benefit event in Los Angeles which is recognized as L.A. Musical Artists Uniting to HELP JAPAN (click www.youtube.com/lamau2011 for short video).
It has been said that Japan will need more than 800 billion dollars to rebuild, and that it would take over ten years or more for a full recovery. People in Tohoku Japan (Northern area of Japan) may seem calm, however there is a lot of fatigue and stress; people, especially those who are not able to go back to their own homes, are tired. The Japanese government announced that the number of people who have evacuated were 112,405 on June 16, 2011.
If you are interested in learning more about Japan's situation visit www.facebook.com/lamau2011 to get some insightful facts. Most importantly, we all need to realize that we are quite blessed to be able to live the every day life, and remind ourselves what makes us human... perhaps not all of us have much money to share, however we can keep moving forward whatever that may mean for each of us, and continue to send positive thoughts to wherever needed.
Thank you for the support, and we hope to see you at Artichoke Music!