This Sunday (22nd) I will be performing with Yuji Otaki on Base, Hik Sugimoto on Drums, Eiko on vocal and myself on piano at Reddacliff, on top of Queens Street Mall. The event will start at 10:00 and our performance will be on at
11:30 * 11:00 then a bit after 3:00 again.
This is a fund raising event for the people in Kumamoto where the big earthquake hit recently. Personally, I would like to help doing whatever I can do to the organiser Shinji who I met long time ago at toddlers yoga ( ages ago!) then we met again when our children are school age and again but this time Kids yoga! The second time we got to know each other better and we both were artists and became good friends. 5 years ago, I organised a fund raising event for Fukushima and shinji came to sing with us. Now it is my turn. Shinji is from Kumamoto and I feel very sad that his home town is hit by a big Earthquake and people are still in evacuation spots. The money will be sent to the people in need.
I will donate a free piano lesson as well. Please come and support the event.
Event facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1704013886517715/
Now, I have my own studio at Browning Street Studio ( 17 Browning Street. South Brisbane)
Room has got a piano, all the teaching materials, as well as Japanese books ( All my students have an access to borrow those hard to find books. Weekly )
Early Childhood Music Classes in Japanese are back and much bigger as Tuesday class, Wednesday 10am class and Wednesday 11:00 class and for the first time, we are going to have non-Japanese native families joining in and I am very interested in how those children will learn.
24th April is Browning Street Studios Teachers’ Concert at 4MBS on 28th April 3pm. Tickets are sold here https://www.facebook.com/events/210426499315808/
Time to finish the school holiday with Critical Mass performance at GOMA today.
Really looking forward to it!
My latest phrases that are stuck in my head are
” Be outstanding at work ” and “more than anything I am a mother”.
Lots of thinking over the last month or so now.
What is the roll of mother. What is the roll of my work.
I take mothering/educating seriously. In fact and my back ground is to with a lot of children around me even before having my own son. The reason I ended up as a solo parent is not a story to be shared here right now but I do have my words.
All I can do is really to try to be ” outstanding at work” because my work is the source of our food but the work I really do love that I would do if there was next life again. It feeds my son and myself, and being a mother, I would like to share some ideas and listen to other mothers especially and possibly help them when they need some help. Without being judgemental.
Rare photo of my son and myself ( because I am usually taking photos of him). Perfect photo of him looking down for the privacy 🙂 ( I have the version he is looking at the camera) .
This is part of me en
PIANO DAY 2016 approaching. 28.3.2016
If you are not aware of PIANO DAY, have a read here http://www.pianoday.org/
This year, I am organising an intimate gathering to celebrate the PIANO DAY 2016 in Brisbane.
Another local Pianist/Composer Alistair Noble is a guest performer and he will be performing as well as myself at a home studio. ( address will be sent to after the booking is done)
$20 per person. (include vegan finger food and some tea – bring your favourite cup)
As Nils says “Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt” 🙂
Hope you can come.
“A half hour lesson includes piano technique, music reading and musicality. She encourages her students to listen carefully, attend to detail and maintain good posture, but also to relax, enjoy their music-making and celebrate their little successes” By Vincent’s father, Matthew.
“Momo’s piano lessons are very enjoyable for my daughter. During the lessons Momo uses magnets, activity books and rhythm cards to make learning fun. The stickers and stamps as rewards work a treat for my daughter and she can’t wait to learn a song or finish her homework so she can get them. Thank you Momo for creating such an entertaining experience for my daughter. ” By Adela’s mother, Anca.
Thank you so much.
In between teaching and mothering, I have been busy creating music, singing, piano playing, recording it and recently even had a video shoot for one of my newest piece ” sea of pain”. Here is the link
Last Sunday of the last term was the biggest day for all my students, the end of the year concert. Each of them worked so hard and their parents supported the learning in a very positive way and there were so many moments it made me cry towards the concert. I was under the pressure for the recording project on top of getting all my students ready to perform. But it was all fine, I did not need to stress, parents offered me to help to do the door, supervising children, students and my son did MC ( What a great idea, Sachie sensei, thank you! ) hold the music ( air con was strong!) , video taping, playing the guitar and my son played the bongo for when we all sang ” we are the world”. It was such a wonderful time and when we went home, had lunch and it was already time to go to my son’s drum recital. It was so wonderful to see my son’s progress. His father took the video, was convinced to buy another part of the drum set without my son asking him for it so my son must have done great. So glad we kept going even though from time to time, getting to the lesson was quite challenging.
Anyway, enjoy the video.
We welcomed a piano to our small apartment recently so that all the students can go on the piano and it is a baby grand piano.
The smell of the piano, the touch, the way I can see the hammer hitting the strings, the resonance, I feel so connected to this instrument after playing it for about 35 years on and off.
Now I am in a full swing. Taking more inquiries for the private piano lessons especially during the day time. After school time is now very limited spaces left.
No photos but last weekend I was asked to play the piano for two events, both for Queensland Poetry Festival.
Thanks for Anni and David, the organiser of the festival and thanks for John Mills Himself.
One of the school mother told me about this and I registered myself to play the amazing steinway concert piano/art work
by Parekowhai, He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river.
What an honour to be playing such a special art work in one of my favourite places in Brisbane, GOMA. Another opportunity to play this piano for me is 21 of June.
I will be playing my own tune and improvisation the rest. Anyone looking for a music for a film project or art project, please come along to hear what I compose. I would love to work with non musicians as well.
Photo by Yukiko Kuno