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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

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SECTIONS: Music for Sustainable Community Development Music for Mental and Physical Health Music for Working With Trauma Survivors COUNTRY: India PROJECT: THE COMMUNITY MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM: THE MUSIC THERAPY TRUST Please Refer to SECTION II, PAGE 110 52

SECTIONS: Music for Sustainable Community Development Music for Working With Trauma Survivors COUNTRY: Japan PROJECT: BIG BAND FOR PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES: COMMUON DESCRIPTION: The not-for-profit Organization to Promote Community Music Therapy (Commuon), located in Sedai City, has two missions. One is to encourage the public to enjoy music more and the other is to provide the opportunity for people with and without disability to play music together. In Japan, opportunities to make music and enjoy live music performances are extremely limited. The general public rarely has an opportunity to experience interactive musical relationships. It seems that Japanese people enjoy music only through CDs and in concert halls, where most performances are of a very high quality and by professional artists. Such experiences tend to establish a distance between the performers and the audience. Commuon‘s primary objective is to bring music back to the general public, with the philosophy that playing and enjoying music is universal. To address this issue, ―Commuon the Big Band‖ was formed in which both disabled and non-disabled people would participate by playing musical instruments they like, or by singing. ―Commuon the Big Band‖ consists of about 30 members with various levels of musical skills from total beginners to professional musicians. In the course of the band‘s activities, various interesting musical interactions have developed among the members. Not only is it possible for members with various levels of musical skills to perform together, the cohesion of the ensemble is improved. Having members with disabilities does not lower the quality of music. On the contrary, it enhances the quality of music through their responsiveness and ―prefixed-idea-free‖ expression in improvisation making the sound unique. All of these are achieved through careful preparations and arrangements by the music therapist who is knowledgeable in music and disabilities as well as skilled in conducting and leading musical ensembles. Since its formation in July 2007, ―Commuon the Big Band‖ has participated in community musical events and hosted its own event in September 2009. Commuon is preparing to launch the ―Commuon the Big Band II‖ with a new director who has performed as the main pianist in the first Commuon the Big Band. In doing so, the expanded initiative will promote the same kind of musical interactions with other members in the community. CURRENT STATUS: The Japan Earthquake happened on Friday, March 11 th 2011. It was the most powerful earthquake ever measured in Japan, breaching a 9.0 magnitude. More than 27,000 are dead and missing. The maximum height of the tsunami was 38.9 meters (127 ft.) and the inundated area is about 561 square kilometers. A total of six prefectures on the Pacific coast of eastern Japan have been affected: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba. The tsunami has also destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three prefectures in the Tohoku (North-Eastern) region of Japan, Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima, have been most seriously devastated. The earthquake devastated the towns and cities where the Commuon activities take place. All members of the Commuon Big Band have been impacted. Some members received tremendous 53

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