Benefit Concert in New York: Japan Relief

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Harmony for Peace Foundation

Benefit Concert in New York

In conjunction with the Harmony For Peace Foundation's First International Peace Art Exhibition, a series of benefit events for Japan Relief were held at Chelsea Art Musuem in New York from June 3rd to 5th.  A group of artist friends of Harmony for Peace presented wonderful programs of beautiful music. Thank you to all participating artists for sharing your talent with us, our foundation's followers, and new friends. 


Jamaican classical pianist Paul Shaw, hailed by The New York Times as “both a virtuoso with herculean technical command and a sensitive introspective artist,” performed at the opening ceremony on Friday. On Saturday, we presented a concert featuring Daniel Maimone (tenor), Asako Tamura (soprano) and Drago Bubalo (piano). On Sunday, June 5th, Pianist Gideon Broshy performed classical music selections, and Wataru Niimori (jazz piano) and Akiko Sasaki (koto, a Japanese traditional stringed instrument) collaborated on a jazz set which attracted many guests. (View our music slideshow *).

Soprano Asako Tamura accompanied by pianist Paul Shaw (photo courtesy of Sarah Stacke

Tenor Daniel Maimone (photo courtesy of Sarah Stacke) 

Pianist Gideon Broshy (photo courtesy of Sarah Stacke)

Jazz Pianist, Wataru Niimori, and Akiko Sasaki playing the koto, a Japanese traditional stringed instrument (photo courtesy of Sarah Stacke)

 HFP Japan Relief Fund

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Assisting those affected by the earthquake and tsunami, this benefit concert will be presented with our artist friends in a joint effort to raise funds.


Paul Shaw,

Asako TamuraSoprano            

Daniel Maimone, Tenor                 Daniel Mamone photo


 Wataru Nimori, Jazz Piano          



Akiko Sakashi, Koto                          

 Gideon Broshy, Piano                      

June 3rd Evening, 7 – 7:30pm
F. CHOPIN                “Ballade Opus 47 in A-flat Major”
O. RUSSELL               “Three Jamaican Dances”
C. DEBUSSY              “La Cathédrale engloutie” (The engulfedcathedral)
C. DEBUSSY                          “L'isle joyeuse” (Isle of Joy)
Paul Shaw, Piano
June 4th Afternoon, 2 – 4pm
P. TOSTI                     “Ideale”
G. ROSSINI                “La Promessa”
P. TOSTI                     “L'alba separa”
“A Marechiare” (Neapolitan Folksong)
Daniel Maimone, Tenor
Drago Bubalo, Accompanist
P. MASCAGNI          “Ave Maria”
“HAMABE-NO-UTA” (The Song of the Sea Shore – Japanese Classic Folksong)
G. PUCCINI               “O mio babbino caro” from "Gianni Schicchi"
C. GOUNOD                         “Jewel song” from "Faust"
 Asako Tamura, Soprano
Paul Shaw, Accompanist
June 5th Afternoon, 1-3pm
S. ZYMAN                 “Two Motions in One Movement”
F. CHOPIN                “Scherzo No. 1 in b minor”
G. BROSHY               
Gideon Broshy, Piano & Composition
M. DEFALLA             “Cancion”
                                    Akiko Sasaki, Piano
R. TAKI                      “Kojo No Tsuki” (Moon Over the Ruined Castle)
                                                Wataru Niimori,Piano
“Sakura Sakura”  (Cherry Blossoms - Japanese Classic Folk Song)
                                                Wataru Niimori, Piano
                                                Akiko Sasaki, Koto
Arranged by Wataru Niimori)
G. GERSHWIN          “Summertime”
Wataru Niimori, Piano
                                                Akiko Sasaki, Koto
Arranged by Wataru Niimori & Akiko Sasaki