HappyDoll invites you to…

 

STAND WITH JAPAN

~Charity Concert for the Earthquake and Tsunami Victims~

20 Artists Come Together to Stand With Japan
TUESDAY, MARCH 29TH from 8-10:30PM.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
10 West 68th Street (entrance on Central Park West)


Students/18 And Under: $20 (minimum)   Adults : $40 (minimum)
Pay at the door with cash or check

Tickets are available at: http://www.fundraiser7.com/displayEvent.php?event=315

Come listen to classical, jazz, opera, contemporary, traditional Japanese, choral, popular music and more…

Featuring performances by

Paulo Coelho (guitar) accompanied by Isabel Castellvi(cello), Davell Crawford(jazz/piano), Jasper Heymann (piano), Eric Jacobsen (cello), Yumi Kurosawa (koto), Erika Matsuo (vocal) accompanied by Carlton Holmes(piano) Selina Miyazaki (soprano), Gohei Nishikawa (piano), Adela Pena(violin), Ernest Revell (tenor) accompanied by Elena Smirnova (piano), Marianna Rosett (piano),  Elena Smirnova (piano), Taeko (vocal) accompanied by Miki Hayama (piano), Asako Tamura (soprano) accompanied by Gohei Nishikawa(piano), Sayaka Tanikawa (piano), Volunteer of the Men’s Glee Club of New York(choir),VORTEX (Shoko Nagai & Satoshi Takeishi), Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drums)


We look forward to seeing you!


For questions, please email info@happydoll.org

 

 

Dear Friends and Family,

All of our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan as they work to overcome this terrible tragedy.

In an effort to support the victims, we are organizing a charity concert to raise funds particularly for the children who have been affected by this catastrophe. 100% of the proceeds will be sent to SAVE THE CHILDREN Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief (http://bit.ly/ig9yN2).

We invite everyone to Stand With Japan in its hour of crisis. Let’s remind everyone in despair that they are not alone in their time of need.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation, please purchase a ticket (donation of any amount) or send us a check to:

HappyDoll, Inc

Memo: STAND with JAPAN

2095 Broadway Suite506

New York NY 10023 U.S.A.

 

PERFORMING ARTISTS:


New York Taiko Aiko Kai, which began in 2002, is one of the Taiko (Japanese traditional drum) groups in residence as part of the TC Taiko Society at Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

Eight-year old Jasper Heymann, a native of New York City, has been playing piano for three years and is currently a student of Cosmo Buono. He won second prize at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2010, as well as a gold medal atthe AADGT International Young Musicians Festival.  In addition to his piano studies, Jasper studies the drums, is a sports enthusiast (soccer, skiing and fencing), and enjoys inventing and designing machines.

 

A native of Japan, Erika’s love for music surfaced at an early age when she began to study classical piano in her pre-teenage years. Her all-girl rock group, Tear Drops won first prize in one of Japan’s most respected teen music competitions, the Yamaha Teen Music Festival. Through a chance meeting with Quasimode pianist Yusuke Hirado, Erika was invited to New York to tour as the lead vocalist of his jazz group.  After relocating to New York City, she had the opportunity to study under and perform with notable musicians such as Sheila Jordan, at distinguished venues such as BB Kings, Sweet Rhythm and S.O.B.’s. In March of 2007, Erika won first prize in the Asakusa Jazz Contest, Japan’s number one jazz contest. Later that year, featured in Coca Cola’s So-Ken-Bi Cha TV commercial, her voice became one of the most recognized in the nation.

 

Carlton Holmes is a pianist born in Michigan.  Raised in Seattle, Washington and Albu querque, New Mexico, Carlton’s musical training began at the age of eight. After studying trumpet, then drums, Carlton picked up piano at age eleven and started playing professionally by  the age of fifteen.  Carlton Holmes’ career in New York began after he completed his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to leading his own bands, Carlton’s performing and recording credit includes work with Lionel Hampton, Stevie Wonder and Diane Reeves.

★ADELA PEÑA

 

Adela is a New York born violinist best known as a founding member of the Eroica Trio, which has received two Grammy nominations. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music, where she won the Mendelssohn Violin Competition. She also won the Washington International Competition.  After leaving the Eroica Trio in 2006, she now performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for which she has served as the concertmaster.

★SAYAKA TANIKAWA

 

Pianist Sayaka Tanikawa has received more than 20 first prizes and top honors in national and international piano competitions. She has appeared as a soloist with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic, among others. Ms. Tanikawa holds a B.A. in art history from Columbia University in New York, and a M.M. from Yale School of Music. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music, where she also teaches.

★ERNEST REVELL

 

Pianist Sayaka Tanikawa has received more than 20 first prizes and top honors in national and international piano competitions. She has appeared as a soloist with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic, among others. Ms. Tanikawa holds a B.A. in art history from Columbia University in New York, and a M.M. from Yale School of Music. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music, where she also teaches.

★MIKI HAYAMA

 

Pianist Miki Hayama was born in Kyoto, Japan. She began to play piano and Wadaiko (Japanese drums) when she was 6 years old. She graduated from Osaka College of Music majored in classic piano. During her junior high school year, she became interested in Jazz because of her father’s Jazz collections, and wanted to be a jazz musician in the future. She has studied jazz piano with Sadayasu Fujii at Fuji Jazz School.  She is the first prize winner at the Yokohama Jazz Competition in 1996. Since 2003, Miki has been establishing herself as a respected pianist in New York’s jazz scene.  She has worked with some of the greatest musicians in the word; alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, drummer Ralph Peterson, vocalist Nnenna Freelon and even the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.

 

After studying in Romania and Israel received her BS and MS at The Juilliard School in NYC, Marianna became the youngest faculty member in the school’s history, teaching in all Divisions.  Her performance career includes solo recitals, chamber music and two ensembles, Mannekrianna and Skymusic.  She has performed in India, Japan, Canada, Europe and Africa, and at venues including La Scala, Lincoln Center, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where she was artist in residence.  Marianna has composed for television, theater, and dance performances.  Currently, she teaches in NYC and in master classes at conservatories and universities, specializing in classical improvisation.

★BETH BLATT

 

Beth Blatt is the founder/CEO of Hope Sings, which is helping women around the world by using music to raise awareness of (and funds for) microfinance, the small loans that change live in big ways. Profits go to microfinance partners Kiva, ACCION, FINCA and MicroPlace. Beth is also a lyricist and playwright.

 

By the age of 12, Yasuhiko knew he wanted to be a musician.Born in Nara, Japan, he studied classical piano, composition and percussion with various prestigious professors in Japan. At the age of 15, his self-published CD caught the attention of a producer at Kintetsu Cable Network (Japan), and he began his career in music. After graduating Berklee with the highest honor, he moved to New York and started working as a freelance composer. He has been writing for television, film, theater, as well as arranging / producing for various artists internationally.  In 2010, he was chosen to be one of the nine emerging film composers to participate in the BMI filmscoring workshop with Rick Baitz.  He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Webster Hall, Berklee Performance Center and David Friend Recital Hall in Boston and many other venues in Japan. His credit includes TV, Film, Theater, Commercial videos, as well as concert pieces. His works have been played in the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Germany.

 

Yumi is an innovative musician, born and raised in Japan, began studying the 13-strings Koto at the age of three under her parents, Kazuo and Chikako Kurosawa and began studying 20-strings Koto under Nanae Yoshimura at the age of fifteen. Received first prize at National Competition for students in 1989 and ’92 and Scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in ’98.  As well as extensive performance in Japan, she has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia and the United States. In 2002, she moved to New York in pursuit of collaboration with various genres of musicians and artists, and has appeared on many well-known venues such as Apollo Sound Stage, Joe’s pub, WNYC radio and held her concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie. In 2011, she will appear as a soloist for a world premier Koto Concerto “Genji” written by Daron Hagen in Feb in NYC(quintet version; Lark Quintet) and in UK (Orchestra of the Swan) in May.Member of Hougakuten Concert, Tokyo, Master qualification from Seiha School (style).

 

Selina Miyazaki is a versatile soprano, equally at home performing classical and popular music.  A native of Nagasaki, Japan, she received a Bachelor of Music from Kwassui College.  Shortly thereafter, she pursued her study of operatic literature in New York City at the Mannes School of Music and at the Julliard School. Recipient of the Silver Medal at the Omuta Music Festival, she won the West Nippon Young Musicians’ Award and was a finalist in competitions sponsored by the Gerda Lissner Foundation and Dicapo Opera in New York. Also she traveled to Shanghai, China as part of a cultural exchange program where she performed with the Shanghai Orchestra.  She has made appearances on NHK and Nippon Television (Japanese television network) and on radio (in Japan and on WQXR-FM in New York).  She had the lead soprano role in Kosaku Yamada’s Kurofune (The Black Ship) performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.  For the past seventeen years she served as producer and music director of a concert series benefiting the American Red Cross and Leake and Watt’s Children’s Home in New York.

★MITCHELL VINES

 

A native of Portland, Oregon, Mitchell has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and East Asia as a soloist and collaborative pianist. His extensive experience includes positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Opera Theater of Rochester, and The Riverside Piano Trio. Mr. Vines is a pianist on the CD “New American Trumpet Sonatas” on Capstone Records and is featured on a CD of chamber music by North German composers. “The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience. He performed with virtuosity and bravura” wrote the Hessiche-Niederaechische Allgemeine. Mr. Vines holds a bachelor of arts degree from Portland State University and a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he held a fellowship in accompanying and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. He is currently music and choir director at the Unitarian Church in Summit, New Jersey and Temple Israel in New York City.

★STEVE BECK

 

American pianist Steven Beck continues to garner impressive acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. Praised by the New Yorker as “one of the city’s finest young pianists”, a recent New York concert by Mr. Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.  Highlights of the 2010-11 season include the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Metagong” for two pianos and percussion and US premieres of works by Boulez and Hans Abrahamsen. In addition, he is making two appearances on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, and beginning a Schubert sonata cycle at Bargemusic, where he presents more than twenty concerts a year as an Artist Presenter. His annual performances of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on Christmas Eve and “Brandenburg Concertos” on New Year’s Eve at the Barge have become something of a New York institution. Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.  Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson) and the Virginia Symphony. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Miller Theater, as well as on WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. He has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and appeared as an orchestral musician with the New York Philharmonic and the Riverside Symphony, as well as performing with the Pacifica and Manhattan string quartets.

★ ALEX GREENBAUM

 

Alex Greenbaum began playing the cello at age three. Born in New York, in the past few years he has performed at diverse venues throughout the city, including Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall, Tonic, Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Brooklyn Lyceum and Le Poisson Rouge.  As a member of The Knights orchestra Alex has visited Germany, Ireland, the Canary Islands, the Caramoor and Ravinia festivals, and collaborated with artists including Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, Christina Courtin, Gil Shaham and Osvaldo Golijov.  He has appeared as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Brandywine Chamber Orchestra and the Lehman Concert Artists.  An active chamber musician, Alex is a member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble, Hutchins East, performs often with the FLUX Quartet and has appeared with the Wet Ink Ensemble and Newband.  Also a frequent performer in Mexico, Alex was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, based in the state of Sinaloa, and returned there to perform as soloist with the Tarab Cello Ensemble in the Feria de las Artes. He is also a charter member of Los Magnificos de Ajijic during his time at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Jalisco, Mexico. Alex has recorded for Bridge, Koch, Ancalagon, Sony and In a Circle records, along with music for film, television and commercials. Alex plays a cello crafted in 2006 by Michele Ashley. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was ‘Macumbia’ with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. In 1986 he returned to Miami, U.S. where he began working as an arranger/producer as well as a performer. In 1987 he produced ‘Morning Ride’  for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.

 

Born in Nagoya, Japan, composer, improviser and pianist. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Elliot Sharp, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Cuong Vu, Ikue Mori, Satoshi Takeishi, Butch Morris, to name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York’s best musicians has performed extensively at the BlueNote, Knitting factory, The Stone, Joe’s Pub, Vision Festival, and The Kitchen as well as at other top New York clubs. Nagai has performed in Sweden (Nobel prize ceremony 2009 for Herta Muller), Norway (Natt jazz festival 1998),Germany (Moers jazz festival 2006), Japan, Switzerland, Brasil (resfest 2007), Israel, Canada (Suoni Popolo festival 2008) and United States(Freihofer’s Jazz festival 2008).  She has composed music with Satoshi Takeishi for the Japanese film ” Starfish Hotel ” (2006) directed by John Williams, the French film music ” L’AMOUR CACHÉ”  (2007) directed by Alessandro Capone, and “ANPO: ART X WAR”, a documentary film about US/Japan peace treaty directed by Linda Hoaglund.

 

Born in Sakai City, Osaka, Japan, Gohei Nishikawa began studying piano at the age of fifteen. A graduate of the Osaka College of Music, he moved to the United States in 1999 to study with Cosmo Buono and the late David Bradshaw and made his Alice Tully Hall debut the following year. Last year he served as Professor of Piano at the Alexander & Buono Festival and is currently teaching at the Greenwich International Conservatory of Music.

 

Soprano Asako Tamura has appeared with opera companies all over the world. After she won the competition “X Concorso Internazionale Giuseppe di Stefano” she has performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, the Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Sicily, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Serdegna and Opera Constanza Romania; Amalia in I masnadieri with Sarasota Opera; Violetta in La Traviata with El Paso Opera; Female leads in L’Oracolo by F. Leoni and L’Incantesimo by I. Montemezzi at Avery Fisher Hall with Teatro Grattacielo and L’Ottavia at the Scarlatti Festival in Tokyo and Alfred, Alfred by F Donatoni at the Contemporanea Arena di Verona; Gilda in Rigoletto with Hungarian State Opera; Musetta in La Boheme with Tokyo Art Sphere; Micaela in Carmen with Tokyo City Opera; Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with Hungarian State Opera ;Licenza in Il sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera, New York. On the concert stage, Ms. Tamura has performed as the female soloist with The Three Tenors (Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras) in Yokohama, Japan, as well as with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, Opera Ai Fori Gala orchestra in Roma amongst others.

★PAULO COELHO

 

Paulo Coelho was born in Tomar, Portugal and arrived in the United States at 6 months old.  At the age of 4 he began to study the accordion under prodigy accordionist Madelena Bellefiore .  He has attended several Universities as a Music major while simultaneously studying Italian Opera as a Dramatic Tenor under the private mastery of Dramatic Tenor Mario Lisanti and French and German Opera as a Baritone at William Paterson University.  Composing his own original music since then he has traveled the world writing, recording and performing his original compositions as well as collaborating with some of the most significant international artists of his time.  His influence of traditional “Fado” music from Portugal hand in hand with his openness to the myriad musical influences of the world have evolved into a sound and a soul experience that is true to the heritage and passion that is Portugal and  the essence of “Fado” which translates into Destiny.Isabel Castellvi is a versatile musician performing and composing a broad range of music including classical and contemporary classical, experimental, world, free-improvisation, electro-acoustic, folk, rock, hip-hop and avant-garde performance art.

 

Isabel received her Master’s Degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Manhattan School of Music and her B.M. from DePaul University.  Currently she is the cellist for the contemporary classical ensembles: ai ensemble, MIVOS quartet, ThingNY, and Wet Ink Ensemble.  She tours and performs with her bands The Bell Cycle, CelloVox, and Copal.  Expanding beyond music multidisciplinary collaboration is an integral part of her work, which has led to various projects with composers, dance, theater and visual artists.  In addition to an active performance career as a cellist she is studying North Indian classical music and is active as a singer/songwriter.  Isabel is dedicated to sharing music with diverse audiences, expanding consciousness and promoting peace.

 

Davell Crawford, an all-around musical sensation, is one of the true wonders of the contemporary Crescent City music scene. Bill Taylor from Blues Access proclaims, “Plain and simple, Davell Crawford is one of the most talented musicians alive!”  Also known as the “Prince of New Orleans,” Davell is one of the city’s most exiting live performers. Despite his age, he has for years been a major force in American Roots Music. He has traveled, recorded, and taught the importance of music not only from New Orleans, but true Roots music from Traditional Jazz, to Gospel, Funk and R&B. Cited as one of the few musicians committed to keeping the piano sounds of New Orleans alive, he stands as the only and most docu­mented young piano player that has kept the music true while adding a little freshness and vitality.  Performing since the age of seven, Davell has already enjoyed a wild widely acclaimed career as an entertainer. He emerged as a teenage piano terror and began to unfold his incredible talent before the world. Hailed as “The Prince of New Orleans”‘ he has toured many countries including Spain, Italy, France, Russia, Finland, Dominica, Brazil, Morocco, and Portugal among others. He has played extensively thorough out the states as well.  As a true roots musician, he shoots out from his deep gospel roots to incorporate the entire piano tradition from R & B to Blues, Soul and Funk.