UPDATE: On OregonLive, Ryan White has just posted this announcement of a big-name benefit for Japanese disaster relief at the Aladdin Theatre on March 27. So far, the list of performers includes pianist/bandleader Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, singers Holcombe Waller and Storm Large, dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre, new-music adventurers fEARnoMUSIC, the Pacific Youth Choir, PHAME Academy, the Shanghai Woolies, and singers Ida Rae Cahana and Carl Halvorson. Check Ryan’s post for details.
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By Bob Hicks
You’ll be hearing about a lot of benefit performances and emergency fund-raising drives to help the victims of Japan’s triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Perhaps you’ve already dug deep.
One performance coming up is particularly close to me, because I serve on the board of Portland Taiko, the outstanding Asian drumming and movement ensemble. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, PT and the Portland State University Department of Music will host a performance at PSU’s Lincoln Hall Room 175. A lot of people in Portland Taiko have family in Japan. As artistic director Michelle Fujii puts it, â€œSeeing the tragedy in Japan unfold was difficult for many of us in Portland Taiko on a personal and visceral level.â€
Among others, the performance will include Portland Taiko, Takohachi (Japanese taiko and dance), Mexica Tiahui (Aztec drum and dance), Mike Barber (Ten Tiny Dances), NatyaÂ LeelaÂ AcademyÂ (traditional SouthÂ Indian classical dance),Â CarlaÂ MannÂ andÂ JimÂ McGinn (leading Portland contemporaryÂ dancers), and Hanzaburo Araki (shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese end-blown flute).
The performance is free, but volunteers from Mercy Corps and other organizations will be on hand to take donations. Hope to see you there.