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Happy new year! And report from our fantastic Japan tour 2018!

Happy new year everyone!

The year 2018 was a great year for Curious Chamber Players, visiting from the northern forest landscape of Lapland to super metropolis Tokyo, interpreting passionate Greek music with a smell of mediterranean sea to extreme silent music from Swedish new conceptualism, and having great time together with all our projects and tours!

Here comes the (late) report of our fantastic Japan tour!

After 10 hours of hearing unforgettable Finnair theme song (realy catchy!) from Helsinki to Tokyo Narita airport, we arrived to the world's most populated city, Tokyo! Happy Martin Welander and My Hellgren together with already-Japanesed Hanah Törnell Wettermark and Sofie Thorsbro Dan.

Despite of the jetlag, we immediately jumped on some fresh scallops, shrimp, and rehearsals on works by our collaborator's, Hideki Kozakura, Haruyuki Suzuki, and Yasunoshin Morita. Thank you for your fantastic music! Hope we collaborate again in the future!

Just before the concert Martin Welander, Rei Munakata, and Sofie Thorsbro Dan stopped by a manga cafe near the concert venue.

The concert in Tokyo took place in a beautiful concert hall, Luthern Ichigaya Concert Hall.

We were greeted by very warm audience with intense listening!

With some happy reception after the concert!

Morita-san carefully analysing (like his well-planned rehearsals) what people should be fed... What do you want from the other table, Malin?

After some food and beer, we pray (Kaminarimon in Asakusa) that no one had too much alcohol for the upcoming concerts and events...

Waiting for the fastest Shinkansen (bullet train), Nozomi! 300 km per hour. Soon we are in Nagoya!

Feeling great after the second concert... Happy and relaxed. Perhaps a little tired?

Concert at Nagoya College of Music! Beautiful concert hall with fantastic acoustics!

Malin Bång and Dries Tack are getting hyper while Frederik Munk Larsen smiles...

More crazy train ride. I hope we did not scare away the other people...

My Hellgren and Karolina Öhman. It is important to keep both cellists happy. :) We toured with My's cool carbon cello, and so many people in the audience commented on the beauty of it!!!

Preparing instruments and objects in Aichi University of Fine Arts Chamber Music Hall! The new built hall specially for ensemble of our size is just amazing! Some magic Japanese technology for sure...

We collaborated with four composition students from Aichi University of Fine Arts (Toshiki Kamiya, Fuko Shiiba, Narumi Goto, and Natsuki Niwa) with very high level. I am sure we would love to play these pieces again.

Some nice beer, whiskey, and tea at an English pub near our hotel.

And then onto Karaoke!!! Yes it was loud and crazy! We took video of it but we promised ourselves not to show... :D

Free day in Nagoya!

Tea ceremony at Nagoya Castle!

We also ate fantastic Hitsumabushi (eel in Nagoya style)!

Some real sushi experience!

Hannah Törnell Wettermark's art work...

THANK YOU everyobody for the amazing tour!

This project was supported by Kulturrådet verksamhetsbidrag, resebidrag, STIM, Nagoya College of Music, Aichi University of Fine Arts, and Company Bene.

Curious Chamber Players Japan Tour 2018

Dec 12th Luthern Ichigaya Concert Hall

Dec 13th Nagoya College of Music, seminar and concert

Dec 14th Aichi University of Fine Arts, workshop and concerts

Hanah Törnell Wettermark, flute

Dries Tack, clarinet

Martin Welander, percussion and object

Frederik Munk Larsen, guitar

Sofie Thorsbro Dan, violin

My Hellgren, cello

Karolina Öhman, cello

Rei Munakata, conductor

Malin Bång, composer

Tour program:

Malin Bång (SE): Structures of Molten Light, Japan version*

Rei Munakata (JP/SE): Tawan* Ylva Lund Bergner (SE): Achenar

Haruyuki Suzuki . (JP): Dischordance* Lisa Streich (SE): Minerva

Kozakura Hideki (JP/SE): Mofa Yasunoshin Morita (JP): The Soaring Cycles*

Natsuki Niwa (JP): Glissandi Temps*

Fuko Shiiba (JP): Time Moves* Narumi Goto (JP): Moxairo Rohatessiki*

Toshiki Kamiya (JP): Nightcrawler*

* = world premiere