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On Friday, March 8, we hosted the first practice session of SINCA entitled “Apply music to innovation”  We had three guests-Y. Mori of Hakuhodo, H. Morioka, art consultant and M. Yoshida, clarinet artist. After my initial question related to participants’ music education at school, three guests led us to try “clapping” by Steve Reich.  Four groups were formed and we tried clapping a few times.  Finally we made it and each group felt quite comfortable working together.

Then brainstorming session began with food and drinks (first time, as we wanted to do it in relaxed manner, rather than with empty stomach).  After some 50 min. of brainstorming, including Yu Kosuge, pianist joining the group, each group reported back their ideas.  Two topics were what Makoto Yoshida want to make happen-  1) How to design music education which develops creativity and is fun 2) how to design festival for each individual artist to make it unique for each artist.

Report back had many interesting ideas which we could apply.  Festival ideas I though centered around the selection of venue. Probably Makoto could suggest some ideas to the mayor he is to meet soon.

After four groups report back, we asked Makoto’s comment as well as the other three guests.  I thought Yu Kosuge’s comment was very interesting as it was based upon her own experience and thus quite convincing.

It was very interesting session as we had music performance at the beginning and at the end (plus surprise Happy birthday by the two and flower for me!-my birthday is in March!). Makoto played very interesting piece at the end for us.  Thank you for the guests to help us this interesting session and thank you for the participants.  (not to mention our team who worked so hard in the past two weeks since the last SINCA.)  I made brief iMovie of the session with English voice over.  Hope you enjoy and  get a sense of the session.

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