Next project: First album
Midori will be making her first album in 2021. Dedicated to her father, it aims to inspire the listeners to revisit their own roots and life meaning, and find hope in the midst of uncertainty and challenges especially in the era of COVID-19.
The 60 minute album involves a small ensemble of Japanese and Western instruments and features Japanese spoken words, melodies, and rhythms combined with Western musical elements. It starts with restoring of an untold journey of her late grandmother, who was born and raised in Okinawaーthe far islands of Japan with its own distinct culture, which became Japan's battlefield during WWIIーtraveled by sea 1300 miles north east to Tokyo as a young woman before the war, and raised her family in the metropolis. The program then spotlights Midori's father, who hardly heard his mother speak about Okinawa years, therefore has never contemplated his Okinawa identity. The second half of the album features Midori's journey to the US as an Asian female immigrant and finally the life of her daughter born to Japanese and white American parents in New York City.
Thank you for joining us online on August 15, 2020!
Thank you for joining us on our online concert!! We were so thankful that many of you tuned in on August 15, 2020 and listened to our original music. Kanako and I are so grateful for those who donated to support the musicians. We will plan to do another joint concert in the near future! We also made the behind-the-scenes video about the concert. Please check it out here!