Get a glimpse into a talented young man’s life. During his training as a classical guitarist he gained insight into the strength of music, and how it can even be used as a form of therapy. Now he roams the mountains of Japan, and finds himself in a new place every time. Each morning and evening he plays his guitar (for you!), and lets himself be inspired by the place and people he is with at the time.
Let yourself be surprised and inspired. Listen, play and live along with this nomadic mountain musician..
Read his unique story in his own words here:
I’m a classic guitarist, specializing in improvised playing. I majored in classic guitar in a New York college, and while I was there, I got fascinated by creative music therapy which utilized sounds in a spontaneous, impromptu way to treat the elderly and autistic kids. It gave me an epiphany that human intuition to “identify” something —I call this “minashi”— is essential to improvisation. Since then, I’ve been on a journey to find “minashi” inside myself and perceive own physical existence. India, Turkey, Cambodia or Japanese remote islands; wherever I went, I brought my 19th century guitar with me to “connect” with locals through improvised guitar performances. Today, to discover what it means to “truly connect” with people, I continue my journey and provide places for people to take part together in spontaneous musical sessions.
During this 45 minute online classic guitar session, I invite you to take part in an age-old Japanese Shinto custom called “Naorai”.
Naorai is a banquet held after Shinto festivals and ceremonies, and originally had the purpose of breaking the fast to going back to normal day-to-day life by eating and drinking together.
I believe we can virtually recreate the spirit of Naorai by substituting music for food and sharing our own sounds.
After introducing ourselves to each other, you can indulge yourself in the sounds of the 19th-century guitar as I play widely-known guitar masterpieces, as well as a Japanese nursery rhyme.
At the end of the session, I’ll wear a Noh mask and improvise a song, which you are welcome to join me and jam out together.
It doesn’t even have to be a musical instrument, play whatever and however you feel like playing; If the action of grinding coffee beans makes you focus, that’s the instrument for you.
So, let’s share live music together!
Time: daily at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00 Amsterdam time
(other times are possible on request, depending on availability of the host and the time difference with Japan)
Duration: approx. 45 minutes
Language: English (possibly song texts in Japanese)
Number of participants: 1 – 20 participants
(group requests are possible, please contact us directly if you wish to book for a group)
Minimum age: 15+
Type of tour: online live streaming experience with music
Requirements: you’re welcome to have an instrument on hand to join in on the last piece of music
* If the activity cannot be held due to host unavailability, we will contact you (to reschedule or refund if preferred).
Please note we cannot process new bookings during the weekend, due to office opening hours. Any bookings made in the weekend will be processed the following Monday.