The 6th International Guitar Festival 2006 (Singapore),
Public Performance by Niibori Guitar Ensemble <NE>, attained big success.
Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)
NE was invited as the top guest of International Guitar Festival in Singapore
and held public performance at Singapore Conference Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Dec.6
(Wed.), the first day of the festival, as introduced on this column in Nov., 2006
issue. (This festival and NE public performance were announced in newspaper in
Singapore and announced by National Broadcast (TV) in the morning of the day)
and N-Method (organization of instruments, playing method, history and philosophy)
class was held at Garden Hotel Singapore on the next day. The results are reported
NE public performance resulted a big success with standing ovation!! Deeply appreciate
Actual program for this concert is shown below.
Program for NE Public Performance in Singapore
1. Three Pieces from Italian Canzone in Baroque Style (M.Hayakawa, arr.NE)
(1) O Sole Mio (2) Torna Surriento (3) Battitori di Grano
2.Ensemble of cembalo guitars of each sound range
Prelude from Partita BWV1006a (Bach, arr. Y.Kuroda)
3. Flute Concerto in F Major (Vivaldi, arr. H.Niibori) Flute solo : Yuko Koshibe
4. Electric Guitar Concert on Theme of Beethovens 9th Symphony (K.Momose)
Electric Guitar solo : Naoyuki Sawada
5. Three Scenes of Japan (M.Hayakawa)
(1) Song (from Esashi Oiwake) Lento
(2) Drums (from Gojinba Daiko, Ishikari Daiko) Allegro
(3) Dance (from Yagibushi) Allegretto
6. Sextet by each sound range guitars = DANROKU Jongo (Bellinati, arr. M.Taruishi)
7.Quintet by each sound guitars = Ladies Quartet Begin the Beguine &
Lechoppe aux Souvenirs (C.Porter, P.Senneville & J.Baudlot)
8. Parade Dir Zinnsoldaten (Jessel, arr. NE) Xylophone solo : Nayu Niibori
9. Espana Cani (Marquina, arr. H.Niibori)
10. Funicli-Funicula in Baroque style (M.Hayakawa, arr. H.Niibori)
11. Spanish Coffee (Frank Mills, arr. NE)
12. "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for guitar solo and guitar orchestra
(Tarrega, arr. H.Niibori)
Prime guitar solo : H.Taguchi
13. Singapura (arr. NE)
Performed as above and every piece of music won wonderful hand claps of audience.
The last piece for encore is familiar to every people in Singapore and hearing
the melody, big shout and hand claps were sounded to standing ovation. Mr. Thomas
Liauw, sponsor of the festival, deeply moved and said "I have seen many concerts
by famous musicians in Singapore and it was the first time to see standing ovation.
Finishing the concert, lobby was filled up by long line of audience saying I
will not go home without getting signatures of the performers.
Then, the conductor for this time, Mr. Kazuyuki Teradas impression of the
concert is introduced below.
Finishing public performance in Singapore Conductor of NE Kazuyuki Terada
The overseas public performance for this time, just as public performance in the
U.S. in last year, finished with big shout wooh! and standing ovation,
very rare case in Southeast Asia, of audience. Audience made bright atmosphere
with smile, indigenous to southern countries, and I enjoyed swinging baton with
feeling warm atmosphere of audience. Many students studying guitar orchestra were
seen and finishing the concert, long line of guests holding purchased CD and pen
to ask my signature was formed in front of me at the lobby. Hearing from them
"I am learning Alto Guitar, I joined ensemble last month
and other comments peculiar to guitar orchestra fans, I felt very happy. Furthermore,
I could have chance to talk dreams at dinner time with Mr. Raj (conductor of Singapore
National University Guitar Orchestra), expected to enter N-school as a foreign
student, and I certainly felt bright future of Singapore. Because, I have many
foreign students from adjacent Taiwan and rapid development is expected in near
I could have chance to talk with overseas famous guitarists and manufacturers
and I could get many friends. (artists joined the festival were introduced in
Nov. issue.) One of my surprise for this time was to hear I already know
Niibori Guitar from them. I felt responsibility to their expectations for
us from overseas. Anyway, guitar orchestra will expand widely from Japanese original
and surprisingly high leveled guitar orchestra will appear in overseas in nearest
Overseas public performance of this time made me to feel strongly getting many
keys to spread guitar orchestra. Unexpectedly strong impression of the first public
performance conducted by Dr. Niibori at Victoria Hall 23 years ago was kept in
peoples mind and finishing the 2nd public performance, now, I really felt
strong persuasiveness of N-method.
I appreciate from the bottom of my heart the kind arrangements by Mr. Thomas Liauw,
sponsor and his staffs, personal lead by Dr. Niibori and every supporter. Thank
you very much.
Mr. Teradas impression is described above.
Then, seminar in N-method was held on next day with a lecturer, Mr. Naoto Shibayama,
veteran member of NE, and an interpreter, Mr. Noriyoshi Takeuchi. (Mr. Takeuchi
experienced to learn at San Diego University in the U.S. and his linguistic ability
was fully utilized to act as a staff for this time.) In the seminar, N-method
guitars of each sound range played at the concert, for example, comparison between
prime guitar and alto guitar solo for same piece of music, solo of soplanino guitar,
cembalo guitar, bass guitar and guitarron, duet with alto cembalo guitar and prime
cembalo guitar, also duet with alto guitar and bass guitar, and sextet as basic
ensemble of N-method guitars, alto guitar 1 &2, prime, bass and guitarron
were demonstrated with explanations. DVD of guitar orchestra in big organization
including guitar orchestra with 400 members, Dr. Niiboris original piece
God of Sai and J. Strauss Fluhlingsstimmen from
main concert 2006 were shown. The seminar was also bustling and full of response.
(Readers in Singapore! Please contribute your impression for concert and seminar
to Harmony. The address of e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Concert and seminar are reported in gravure of this issue.
Niibori Guitar Christmas Charity Concerts were held at many places in Japan in
Dec. and states of affair are reported after page 8.
Since the end of last year, N-groups new DVDs and CDs were put on sale next
NE Live introduced in last May issue are also put on sale including encore pieces
named Hungarian Rhapsody. In the next issue, these new materials and
public performance in Taiwan on Dec. 30 (joint recital by Taichung Children's
Guitar Orchestra and International Niibori Guitar Music Academy Guitar Orchestra
B-group!) will be reported.
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