Again in Kathmandu / 再びカトマンズにて

-From Jeremías

We started off the day by going to the temple known as the “monkey temple”. After a long walk up the stairs we got to the top which was absolutely beautiful. We could have a 360 degree view of Kathmandu and there was a stupa and a  lot of really interesting things to see as well.

After having a great lunch at the hotel, we went to Bhaktapur, to the place where the king used to live. There we saw some amazing architecture; these structures are from the 13th century! Around there we tried King Curd (made with buffalo milk yoghurt) which was really delicious.

Next, we went to play at a public school in Kathmandu. This was a somewhat older audience than our previous performances, they were teenage students, and they were very excited about having us there.

The last place we went was an orphanage from the Gentle Heart Foundation.  This place houses 18 children and women. They were a really awesome audience, and they seemed like such happy people. After performing, they gave us a really delicious dinner. While having dinner, the founder of the house, told us some of the heartbreaking stories of many of the children there, as well as his own story and how it inspired him to do the great work that he is currently doing. I wish all the best for him and his foundation! Giving a home, love, and support to these children that have been through so much is a really noble cause and very much needed here in Nepal. I hope he inspires others to do the same!







-From Midori

We are back in Kathmandu. It feels so different to “return” to a big city. We have been in Gorkha, Chitwan, and Lumbini in the last few days, and they were all such new experiences. New sounds, new scents, new views, new perspectives–all will be internalized in the days and months to come.

Yesterday, we were in Bhaktapur at the Basu School and then on to a home for children, which is run by the Gentle Heart Foundation. I was reminded how miraculously fortunate we are again, that the four musicians with completely different backgrounds are able to be here in this particular time with these particular children, to play the music written in the 17th century (or at other times) in faraway countries–to be in the presence of each other all together. We are brought together across cultures, languages, generations, politics, interests…how much more connectedness can one wish for?

Talking about backgrounds–ours (musicians’) in particular, Michael mentioned during one of our presentations that none of us come from countries in which, culturally speaking, western classical music was modus operandi, just three-quarters of a century ago. Think back to what was happening 75 or even 50 years ago in any of our countries or in the rest of the world. Certainly a very different set of circumstances and situations. What might we be doing in the next half a century? That is certainly well during our life time.

By the way, I loved King Curd in Bhaktapur. Buffalo milk is great! I also tried yak cheese. I now want to try everything that contains buffalo milk or yak milk. There used to be buffalo milk yogurt sold by a Vermont creamery, which sadly stopped stocking their products some years ago. How I missed it…









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