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Artistic Odyssey to Help Japan

18 May 2011

Students and staff from NMIT's Fairfield campus have teamed up with five local world musicians, dancers and artists to help the victims of the recent Japanese earthquakes.

The five will join forces with NMIT Bachelor of Music students and staff to take audiences on a sensory odyssey to Japan, Bali, India, Brazil and the Balkans through music, dance and illustration.

“I was thinking about the Japanese crisis and ways I could possibly help,” says NMIT Bachelor of Music Program Coordinator, Jonathan Dimond.

“A couple of years ago I initiated and produced a Chinese Earthquake Benefit Concert. I hope that these concerts can fulfil the dual purpose of raising funds for the Japanese victims of the recent crisis there, as well as raising the spirits of the Japanese community in Melbourne.”

Lovers of world music, dance and art won't want to miss these two evenings featuring Philip Flavin on Shamisen (traditional Japanese stringed instrument), Miho Araki (Calligrapher), Susan Taylor (Jiuta mai Dancer), Fuefukuro (a Japanese flute and taiko drum trio) and Anna Lintern (Japanese Dancer).

Each night features a different program, with NMIT Music Degree students performing music from lands beyond Japan, lead by NMIT teachers.

The concert will also feature a themed exhibition by NMIT Bachelor of Illustration students called Small Art- Big Heart - a perspective on Japan with drinks and finger food available at NMIT's BSpace Gallery (by gold coin donation).

“I am touched by the generosity and enthusiasm of all the artists, organisations and NMIT departments in their willingness to contribute,” says Jonathan Dimond. “These concerts are a celebration of how art can help people rise above immense adversity and to celebrate human spirit, culture and creativity.”

What: June 2 and 3, 7-9.30pm,
Where: Yarra Edge Music Centre and BSpace Gallery (exhibition), Building B, NMIT Fairfield Campus (Melway 44H1).
Cost: Entry by donation ($10 recommended).
Seat reservations: www.nmit.edu.au/benefit_concert

 

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or jamesgardener@nmit.vic.edu.au

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