The Japan Fans Utrecht organise concerts with Japanese music from the movies of Studio Ghibli. Read more about this Ghibli music concert series in this blog post!
So far, four concerts are planned, each featuring an hour of piano solo. The majority of the repertoire consists of the fairytale-like music from the films of animation studio Ghibli – the Japanese version of Disney. Among others, pieces from the films “Spirited Away”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “My Neighbour Totoro” and “Ponyo” will be performed.
As Japan Fans Foundation, we are happy to offer a free concert to care homes in the Utrecht region. The concert series fits in with our aim to contribute something to the city of Utrecht through our common interest in Japan. It fits in with our other activities, such as Dutch language lessons for Japanese immigrants, sushi making for the homeless and origami folding workshops in hospitals.
Besides the concert series with Ghibli music, we also organised the artistic research “The Spirit of Kanji“, demonstrations of Japanese martial arts, pop-up exhibitions with Japanese calligraphy and free concerts with meditative Japanese flute music. We performed at larger events such as CAMERA JAPAN, the Utrecht ComicCon, Heroes made in Asia, festival Gluren op de Heuvelrug and the “Manga & Japanese Culture Week” in the Neude Library.
Would you like to give a free piano concert to a beloved elderly person? Or are you a musician and would you like to play Japanese music in nursing homes? Then get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you!
Ghibli Music Concert Series in the Media
We are delighted that our concert series is so well received in the Dutch media. Dagblad Utrecht, DUIC, Radio 4 and the Stichtse Courant, among others, have already paid attention to it. You can listen to the radio broadcast below, in the second half you will hear the Ghibli music: