御礼とブログの続き!/We finished the tour! -Mana

6月19日王子ホールにて行われた報告コンサートをもちまして、ICEPジャパンツアー2019は完結いたしました。ご来場いただきました皆様、このプログラムをご支援いただきました皆様に心より御礼申し上げます。 ツアー中はなかなかブログ更新がままならず、心に留まった事をツアーが終えた今更ながら、書き留めておこうと思います。

6月12日水曜日

カルテットは京都府内の総合病院を訪れました。プレイルームでのコンサートを終えると各自が小児病棟の病室を1つずつ回ります。ある子はお昼寝から起きたばかりで眠そうに、ある子は音を聞きつけてお母さんと一緒に歩いてやってきます。 (こんな調子で訪問はとても自由に、メンバーの自主性に任せて行われました。大抵自由が過ぎて、帰りは急ぐことになります。この日も皆で走って、やっとバスを捕まえました) そんな病室訪問中、シャーロットもいくつかの病室を訪れてはヴィオラで演奏をしました。ある病室で演奏を終え、次の病室へ行こうとすると、ドアの前で可動式の点滴を脇に押しながら、シャーロットの膝上ほどの大きさの少女が待っていました。小さな声で丁寧に挨拶をしてくれたその子に、シャーロットも挨拶をするとおもむろにバッハの演奏を始めました。その時の様子が下の写真です。

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暗転した舞台で大勢の観客を前に緊張度の高まった状態で演奏するのとは対極の環境で開かれたミニコンサートは、皆がリラックスしていてにこやかで、それでいて非日常的な興奮と喜びがあったように思います。

それは何かの対価として奏でられる音楽には有り得ない、愛らしい少女を前にして、ただ「喜ばせたい」という純粋な気持ちから溢れる、音楽のもつ推進力を感じさせました。何か特別の理由がなくとも、自身の真心とその真心のもつ推進力が演奏を素晴らしくするということ。音楽がもたらしてくれるこの気付きは、演奏者と聴く者との触れ合いによって生まれる財産であることを、私も、またメンバーにも、覚えていて欲しいと思ったのでした。

With the final performance at Oji Hall on June 19, the ICEP 2019 Japan tour has now concluded. On behalf of the MUSIC SHARING organization, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all parties who supported, participated, and attended the various presentations during the last two weeks. Thank you so much for contributing to this program and for making it a wonderful one. 

Even though the tour is now behind us officially, I would like to continue to write about my discoveries and observations, which I was not always able to share on this blog as events unfolded due to the hecticness of the schedule.

Wednesday 12 June

The ICEP Quartet visited a general hospital in Kyoto. After the concert at the playroom, each of the musicians went individually to different rooms on the floor. During most hospital presentations, musicians freely walk around with their instruments in hand, going into various rooms as they are invited by care-akers,  nurses, and doctors. Small sleepy-looking children patiently wait for these visits in their rooms, some are just waking up from their naps while others hear the music coming from nearby, around the corner and follow the sounds., They could be standing, listening to the musicians, or be on their beds. The room visit is always pretty free-form: very relaxed and full of new ideas to have fun with the people who are being treated as in-patients. While it is spontaneous and meaningful, it is also easy for all of us to lose track of time as it was also the case in Kyoto. We ended up running to catch the bus and barely caught it. 

In Kyoto, I observed Charlotte who had just finished playing for each of the children in the room. As Charlotte was about to leave, a little girl with a drip on wheels by her side, whose height barely came up to Charlotte’s knees, went over to greet her. After exchanging a few words, the music of Bach started to flow.

The performance gripped me in a different way from the one in a formal concert setting, which is intense in atmosphere with its darkened lights and a critical audience. The little girl, as well as other children nearby and their families, relaxed and was excited  by the sounds that came out of Charlotte’s instrument. I thought the music was as genuine as it was great–what was being shared was Charlotte’s sincerity and her pure wish to make that single moment special for her listeners–the little girl and her mates. This was a powerful feeling, and I will always remember this experience in my life.