Okinawa Memorial Peace Concert

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CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

123 4th Avenue

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New York, NY 10003

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CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) invites you to join us in observing Okinawa Memorial Day (慰霊の日 Irei no Hi, which means “the day to console the dead”) with Okinawan and Japanese folk/traditional music performed by Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador Sonny Ochiai and Rino (sometimes backed by guitarist Hiroshi Kono and drummer Jun Nakanishi). Opening for them are Yoshiko ♡ and Naomi Mizuguchi. CRS Director Christopher Pelham and the Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (TK) of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York Ltd. will offer an opening prayer for peace.

The program will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 3 – 4:30 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30. Tickets for students are $15 and for seniors are $20. Tickets are available at the door and are available online, by phone (212-677-8621) and at CRS.

6月22日(土)午後3時より、CRSでは沖縄慰霊の日に合わせ、琉球伝統音楽、沖縄民謡、日本の唱歌、童謡、演歌からポップスまで幅広い選曲を通して、沖縄のみならず、過去の戦争、紛争などで失われた魂への追悼と感謝の気持ちを込めた『沖縄平和祈念コンサート』を開催します。


イベント内容は、NY在住の中垣顕実法師による祈りと平和トークから始まり、その後コンサートとなります。出演アーティストは、沖縄親善大使でもあるソニー落合、溝口尚美、RINO、Yoshiko♡の4名。コンサート終了後、アーティストとの懇親会も催されます。飲物、簡単なスナック付き。

Sonny Ochiai is a certified teacher of the Society for the Preservation of the Nomura School of Ryukyuan Classical Music based in Okinawa. The Okinawa Times newspaper company awarded him the ‘Apex Award’ in 2010. As an Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador certified by the Okinawan Governor, he continues to promote Okinawa and it’s culture through various festivals and ethnic events in the New York area.

Rino (vocals and sanshin) is a performer of drama and music, particularly for peace. She learned drama at the United Performer’s Studio, led by Yoko Narahashi, and studied traditional folk songs from Ryushu Kubota of Japan Folk Song Association.

Naomi Mizoguchi fell in love with Okinawan music when she first went to the Ryukyu Festival in the 1990s. After two decades, she finally started learning the sanshin (Okinawan three-stringed instrument) from Sonny Ochiai as well as the fansoo (Okinawan transverse flute) from Earl Ikeda. A filmmaker, she has directed and edited more than 300 video programs for commercial companies as well as community organizations. Her first documentary feature film is about the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan. The film premiered in 2018.

Yoshiko loves music and art and plays a sanshin given to her by Mr. Rio Inyaku, whose U.S. debut concert she produced at CRS last summer. She is the event organizer/ coordinator for Dr. Ikegawa, a leading researcher of prenatal memory, for Ms. Mayumi, a Toe Reading Teacher, for Dr. Umezu, a dentist, and for DAI, vocalist of Rock band "Okan." She also serves as the coordinator for One Drop Choir NY and as the event coordinator for Heiwa Peace & Reconciliation Foundation of New York. She lives in nature and enjoys making home-made fermented foods like miso soy milk yogurt.

Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (TK) is the head resident minister of New York Buddhist Church — Jodoshinshu (Shin Buddhist) Temple; chairperson of the Eastern District Buddhist Ministers Associations of BCA; former president of the Buddhist Council of New York; former UCM Buddhist Chaplain at Columbia University; Board of Trustee of the Institute of Buddhist Studies; adviser of American Buddhist Study Center; Active in Interfaith Circles such as the Interfaith Center of New York(vice chair), The Interfaith Alliance (board). Religions for Peace (board); Also active in Asian and Japanese communities such as Japanese American Association of New York (board member), Japanese American Lions Club (honorable advisor), Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (religious advisor). He is an author of New York Bozu Indo o Aruku (Gendai-shokan Publisher in Japan, 2003). He has been active in peace-building activities. He has organized Interfaith Peace ceremony to commemorate Hiroshima/ Nagasaki atomic bombing every year on August 5, since 1994. He has organized Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony to commemorate WTC 9-11 tragedy at Hudson River on September 11 since 2002.

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ソニー落合(三線)
琉球古典音楽野村流保存会師範。2010年、沖縄タイムス芸能選奨三線部門「最高賞」受賞。
現在は、沖縄県知事任命の「ウチナー民間大使」として、ニューヨークで開催されるイベント、フェスティバルなどへの出演を通し、精力的に沖縄の伝統文化の紹介に努めている。

溝口尚美(三線、琉笛)
1990年代、琉球フェスティバルで沖縄音楽に触れて一目惚れ。2014年冬、念願の三線を落合三郎氏から、2017年に琉笛をアール池田氏から習い始める。本職は映像作家。市民メディアからテレビまで、演出作品は100本以上、編集は300本以上。2018年、初の長編ドキュメンタリー監督作品「Ainu l ひと」を製作。

RINO(三線)
北海道民謡連盟最高師範の久保田隆洲に師事し北海道民謡を習う。独特の高音の歌声と民謡の歌唱法を活かし、新たな境地を切り開く。ユナイテッド・パフォーマーズ・スタジオで演技を学んだ後、2015年ニューヨークへ移住。現在は、三線奏者、歌手として、米国東海岸で開催される数々のイベントに出演している。

Yoshiko ♡(三線)
自然に囲まれた地で井戸水での生活をする発酵愛好家。胎内記憶研究者池川明医学博士、トウリーデイングティーチャー真弓紗織先生、歯科医梅津貴陽先生の講演会、大阪のロックバンドおかんヴォーカリストDAI出演イベントを始め、様々な企画を主催。NPO平和ファウンデーション・イベントコーディネーター。ワンドロップ聖歌隊NYコーディネーター。沖縄在住の缶カラ三線奏者、いんやくりお君から譲り受けた三線を弾く。

中垣堅実法師
1985年、西本願寺より米国仏教団に派遣。現在は、ひろしま平和大使、長崎平和特派員兼任、インターフェイス・センター元副会長、NYPD(NY 市警)の仏教アドバイザ、ニューヨーク緊急会議宗教アドバイザーを務めるなど、仏教界・宗教界の枠を超え、ニューヨーク市で活動。2018年、非営利団体NY平和ファウンデーションを創立。

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