Pokhara -Day 1 / ポカラにて-1日目

-From Midori

We flew this morning from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Having been told that the flight could be inexplicably delayed, I was expecting to have a long wait at the airport, but fortunately, it was relatively on time, just about 45 minutes late.

The flight is short, and the scenery – timeless. Looking at the severe peaks above the clouds from the tiny airplane window, I cannot but respect and be humbled by Nature. It transports me to a different world. Down under, there are villages, some of which we will be visiting soon. Reality soon hits, and the inevitable question pierces through my mind. What are we doing to our environment, to disturb and upset this great Nature? What am I not doing to be environmentally responsible? What I do on a regular basis whether in LA or in NY, isn’t disconnected from what is happening at the foot of Mt. Everest or other “faraway” places. Melting of more snow, flooding the rivers, severe hurricanes and storms, global warming, etc. etc., are all issues that we are directly involved with, on a daily basis, making an impact. I’d say a big Yes to recycling. And more importantly, an even bigger YES to saving and conserving energy and resources whenever possible. YES, turn that light off. I am thinking about the dressing rooms around the concert halls I know. An empty room does not need nor appreciate lights and is wasting energy!

We visited a school in the afternoon. Squeezed in front of a classroom, we played for the children who enjoyed the music of Mozart, Schubert, Schnittke, and Tchaikovsky. They loved trying their hands at our instruments. They were absolutely adorable, and we loved them! The laughter of these children, how uninhibited they are in responding to the sounds they hear, is always heart warming. At the end, we were asked how it is possible for players from such different backgrounds to come together to play. (Argentina–where is that? It’s where Leo Messi comes from–oh, ok. Israel–what’s that??? China–that’s on the other side of the Mountain. Japan–we’ve heard of it before…) I always chuckle at this question and then reply that we are committed to bringing the music we love, and we make a special effort to be able to play for them HERE and NOW. And that the three younger musicians actually request to participate in this program that I started 10 years ago, which brings music to children like them. That we each have all worked very hard to get to this stage, practicing our instruments every day and even going far away from home for further study. There are many messages for the children to take and ponder over, should they be willing.

After the presentation, a cup of Nepali tea, a stroll on the streets, then practice! It’s warmer in Pokhara. No need to socialize with a hot water bottle in my sleep tonight!



午後は小学校を訪問しました。狭い教室の前方で、モーツァルト、シューベルト、シュニトケ、チャイコフスキーを演奏しました。子どもたちは喜んで私たちの楽器をトライし、とても楽しそうで、本当にかわいくて大好きになりました! 楽器の音を聴いて素直に反応する子どもたちの笑い声には心が和みます。プレゼンテーションの終わりの質問コーナーでは、(アルゼンチンはどこにあるの?-メッシの故郷だよ-そうなんだ。イスラエルって何(イスラエルという国の存在を子どもたちは知らないので「どこ」ではなく「何」と聞いてきます)?中国はどこ?-山の向こうよ。日本は前に聞いたことがあるよ・・・というようなやりとりがあり)いろんなバックグラウンドの演奏家が集まって一緒に演奏できるものなのか、と質問されました。これは私のお気に入りの質問で、私たちが大好きな音楽をみんなに届けたいと思って集まり、今、ここで演奏できるように特別な努力をしていることを伝えます。この3人の若い演奏家たちは、私が10年前に始めたこのプログラムに参加したいと応募してオーディションを受けてここに来ました。私たち全員がここに来られるようになるまでに楽器を毎日一生懸命練習して、さらに勉強を続けるために留学したりしていることも話します。子どもたちにはよく考えてほしい、伝えたいたくさんのメッセージがあるのです。





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