Female Aristocracy and Music of Silence and Contemplation
01 November, 2012

Georgian-Japanese Trio - Musical extension of Japanese Autumn

“Japanese Cultural month” is still on, after it took its start in February 2012. The second phase began in August and it still goes on. This time, the Country of the Rising Sun mesmerized the audience by its traditional music under the title ‘Autumn of Japan”at Tbilisi State Conservatoire, on October 29.

The concerts that already took place in Batumi and Kutaisi as a part of the trio tournament, were performed with the support

of JTI Group of Companies. The hall was full and everybody was eager to listen to the traditional pieces of this magic country, which attracts foreigners with its culture and geography. The concerts featured Ken Aiso, Violin from Japan, Akikazu Nakamura, Shakuhachi, Japan, and Tamar Licheli, piano, Georgia. 
Georgian Journal had a chance to talk to all three participants of the concert. “Georgia is very rich of culture. This time, we are playing a little bit difficult compositions dating back to the 18th century, but in Batumi and Kutaisi, they gave a standing ovation and they wanted us to play more and more. That is very rare,” Akikazu Nakamura commented before the concert. 
Tamar Licheli, Piano, said: “I met with Ken Aiso two years ago and we planned our joint concert in Tbilisi, which was enriched by classical pieces. Unlike that concert, this year’s concerts are featuring Japanese and Georgian musical pieces.” 
It is the fifth time for Ken Aiso when he arrives in Georgia. He says that it is Georgian people and local culture that attracts him. “Connection with people here is more than warm – it is very special. Culturally, Georgian people have very high standards of artistic values, which I very much admire.” We would like to thank Ken Aiso for his love for our songs and classical music. And thank him for his music, which makes you close your eyes and fly away to Japan and imagine its wonderful landscapes and feel its mystery and sophistication. The music of silence! Once he was honored to appear as soloist before the Empoeror and Empress of Japan! 
The concert mesmerized the public from the very begining, spreading some oriental wisdom all over the hall via traditional Japanese Zen Music. Tamar Licheli was very impressive and at her element. One could see the truth of these words, and probably all Georgians were proud of her while watching her at the grand-piano: “I would wish my colleagues all over the world to have an opportunity to listen to Tamar Licheli at least once”, writes Gergeb Keseliak, the director of higher musical academy, Budapest. 
Tamar Licheli is a prize-winner and laureate of many republic ad international competitions. IN 1995 she got the Diploma at Chopin International Competition in Gottingen (Germany), in 1996 Haydn Special Prize at Ettlingen International Competition (Germany), in 1997 the 1st prize at the Markopoulon Internaitonal Competitoin (Greece), in 2003, the 1st Prize at the Third Competition of Georgian Musicians. She is the alumni of a number of scholarships of different countries. 
Shakuhachi is a very rare instrument and only 20 people can play it in Japan, as Mr. Nakamura admits. It was quite a new discovery for Georgian audience. It was really multicolored, very peculiar to Japan and quite a new fruit for Georgia. He played “Crane’s nesting”, story about two damaged cranes who survive and breed and their children fly away – symbolizing giving away love and getting rid of sadness, and another piece called ‘saji”, describing the hardness of Budhism excersices. Music of contemplation indeed! 
Ken Aiso and Tamar Licheli performed the most prominent Japanese composer of the 20th century, Toru Takemitsu’s piece “From Far Beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog” and Akikazu Nakamura’s own piece “Sakura”. They also played Handel’s Sonata in G minor and Saint-Saens’s Walt Caprice from classical program. 
At the end of the concert, the trio performed the piece titled “There is an autumn mist, and a little crow joins it with silence”, the winner of “Autumn of Japan Compositoin Competition 2012”. The prize was conferred to its author Levan Gomelauri, Georgian student of the Conservatoire.

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