After an incredible run of Japanese debut performances in beautiful Nagoya, we jumped on the train for our next destination- the beautiful rural village of Soma City!
Once there, the band joined forces with Friends of El Sistema Japan for a workshop alongside some of the most inspiring young musicians we've been privileged to encounter. An offshoot organization of the same El Sistema that has changed the educational and cultural landscape of Venezuela (and in turn, the world,) the Japanese program targets talented young musicians facing serious adversity through artistic engagement.
What an incredible few days we've had at the outset of our very first Japanese tour. In the last few days, we've braved a 15 hour flight (the landing of which was replete with cacophonous barf sounds, awesome,) checked out Nagoya, perhaps the cleanest city we've ever seen, and had a fantastic few days of rehearsals with the musicians of the Nagoya Philharmonic, conductor Martyn Brabbins, and longtime ICE collaborator Dai Fujikura.