Chiba-Day 13 (Last day) / 千葉にて-13日目(最終日)

-From Wenhong, Viola

Today was last of the ICEP trip, and from 7am in the morning I already started to feel sad to say goodbye. We visited one last school and a hospital before catching the plane, which was as fulfilled as always – the students were super excited to see us and we all enjoyed a lot to playing for them!! Although we didn’t catch the train that we were supposed to ride on, but everyone got to the airport on time – we even did a bit of shopping there! 

It was so hard to say goodbye – we became like a family after these two weeks! I miss Michael’s jokes, Jeremías’s accent and Midori’s morning practice routine! And more important, we made so much beautiful music together in these 2 trips, and we met so many lovely people who really appreciated, that’s what makes it so worthwhile! 

I will keep this special memory of ICEP trips in my heart forever, it will give me so much anergy and motivation to become a better musician! 



この2週間で家族同然となっていたメンバーと別れるのはとてもつらかったです。マイケルのジョーク、へレミアスのアクセント、そ してMidoriの朝のルーティンとなっている練習が、今では愛おしくてなりません!また、それ以上にこの二度のツアーで一緒におこなった数々の素晴らしい演奏と、訪問を喜んでくれた多くの素敵な人たちとの出会いによって、とてもやりがいのあるものとなりました。


-from Jeremías Sergiani Velázquez

So the last day has finally arrived! I got up pretty early in order to pack and then checked out of the hotel. We brought our suitcases to our last performance at a hospital for people with disabilities. At this hospital, we decided to play among the patients so we were quite apart from each other and they got a chance to hear us up close. After that, we each went to some hospital wards and played for individual people that mostly had paralysis. In one of these wards I could see tears coming from this man’s eyes as I played Bach! That was very heart warming.

It has been a really busy and amazing two weeks. This was an unforgettable experience full of great memories and music making with amazing musicians. Playing music for others can be something really powerful, especially when those people have been through a lot. I have learned in these two trips (both in Nepal and in Japan) that many times we take certain things for granted, and that we are extremely lucky to do what we do. Therefore, we should make the best out of it and touch as many people’s lives as we can.

Thank you for reading about this journey!





-from Chad Cannon, ICEP Coordinator

Dear All,

Today was the last day of our June 2017 Japan ICEP Tour!

We trekked through the heat with our luggage to Chiba, where Midori was already performing for the patients at the Shimoshizu Hospital in Chiba Prefecture. There were many patients gathered in one big room, most of whom had family members and staff sitting by them during the performance.

Eventually Wenhong, Jeremias, and Michael joined Midori in the room, and I loved watching as many of the family members shed tears. They were so touched that Midori and the quartet members would come spend time with their loved ones at the hospital. It caused me to reflect on the fact that these families must have such a challenge each day of their lives, caring for their loved ones with disabilities. Many people experience what it’s like to care for aging parents, but it’s difficult to imagine what it must be like for aging parents to still be caring for their handicapped children, who may be in their 50s or 60s, or even older. I admire the love with which these families cope with these challenges, and I hope that our short time with them during the performance was helpful in some way. We took a big group photo together with the staff and patients, and then Midori and the musicians finished their last visit by performing for individual patients in their hospital rooms.

I am very sorry to say that this is my last ICEP blog post. I will no longer be acting as the ICEP coordinator on future tours, as my composing work and my family life have gotten increasingly busy over the last few years. I have had such a life-changing experience during the 8 ICEP tours I have been on. I have seen so many tears, so many smiles, and so many moving performances. During these 8 tours, I estimate that Midori and the musicians have completed around 150 performances for 25,000-30,000 people, most of whom are children or young people in schools, prisons, hospitals, special needs facilities, refugee camps, slums, and community centers. Midori’s work as UN Messenger of Peace and as the founder of Music Sharing is truly inspiring. I hope to carry the same work forward in my own musical career as I grow older, and I am sure the other quartet members also feel this way. Midori has taught us all how to be committed to serving communities through music, and I recognize what a gift that is. I look forward to supporting ICEP in the years to come!









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