Arriving in Kathmandu / カトマンズに到着

– From Chad Cannon

Hello everybody, this is Chad Cannon, the ICEP 2016 Nepal Tour Coordinator! I am thrilled to be participating in yet another ICEP tour, this time in beautiful Nepal. I had the privilege of coming here in November to prepare for Midori’s visit, and am so excited for performances to start tomorrow! Today upon my arrival from Guangzhou to Kathmandu, I went and did one last preview visit to a school in Kathmandu called the Nepal Model School. The students were kind to me, and they seemed very happy to learn that next Tuesday, December 27, we will give two concerts at their school. Most of the children in Nepal have never seen a violin or viola (they only vaguely understand what it is if you say, “It’s like a sarangi, or a guitar!”), and almost nobody will have seen a cello before Michael Katz arrives with his (I tried to explain by saying “It’s like a really big guitar!”).

This time we will visit many fantastic schools, hospitals, and children’s homes in six cities: Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Gorkha, Bharatpur/Chitwan, and Lumbini. We made these location choices in consultation with the United Nations offices in Kathmandu (who have been so supportive and wonderful to work with). While we cannot visit every single ethnic group or village in Nepal (that would take a hundred years!), I think our program includes quite a broad cross-section of Nepal, both in terms of geography and in cultural variety, and I hope that our readers can get a sense of the incredible diversity and beauty of this country and its people. Enjoy!



今日は中国の広州からカトマンズに到着し、ネパールのモデルスクールという学校に、最後の打ち合わせのために訪れました。生徒達は親切で、私たちがこの学校で12月27日に2回コンサートを行うことを知ると、とても喜んでいました。ネパールのほとんどの子どもたちはヴァイオリンやヴィオラを見たことがなく、「サーランギ (インド、ネパールで見られる擦弦楽器)やギターのようなものだよ」と言うと、なんとなくわかったようでした。またほとんどの人は、マイケルが訪問するときに初めてチェロを見ることになるでしょう。(「とっても大きなギターのようなものだよ」と説明しましたが)





– From Benedikt Schulte:

As it is my turn to write for our blog on my day of arrival in Nepal, I’m writing now on the plane approaching Kathmandu, the snow capped top of the world seemingly within reach. I’m going to film the activities of Midori and the three young musicians Michael, Jeremias and Wenhong, who I can’t wait to finally meet. Filming in Nepal is like a dream come true for every videographer, so I’m really looking forward. (As the saying goes, do what you love, and you’ll never have to go to work.) What will the next ten days be like?

Although Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake last year, the catastrophe quickly seemed to be forgotten in the west – maybe not newsworthy enough. But still, in the Kathmandu valley there remains a lot of damage unrepaired, many families just don’t have the resources to rebuild their shattered homes, there are schools without a roof.

How can Music Sharing possibly help? Is listening to a live Mozart performance really what these people need right now, being short of electricity and water? I’m thinking of my girlfriend’s grandfather, who was a clarinetist with the Munich Philharmonics. Shortly after World War II, when Germany lay in ashes due to its self-inflicted downfall, the Philharmonics played their first concert after the war. There was no concert building, so the musicians played in the cold winter air, with coats and gloves. There was no money either, so the “admission fee” for the freezing audience was a brick of coal, or whatever they were able to give. You might think that the people had other things to worry about, but the concert was sold out. So strong was the desire for a bit of culture and musical consolation after years of barbarism, that the people virtually gave everything they had to hear the philharmonics play.

So maybe there’s something to music just as strong and important as the basic needs of pure survival – the desire for a universal language, and the feeling of being part of the human community by sharing cultural experiences. I’m proud to be witnessing this experience.







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