Sounds of the Turkic World in TOKYO: The Tour of TURKSOY to Japan came to an end

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The tour of the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY  which started in Istanbul on November 7th, 2018 ended with a wonderful final performance in Tokyo. 
Gathering 50 artists from 12 countries, the orchestra which gave six concerts in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki and Hamamatsu within the framework of 25th anniversary celebrations of TURKSOY raised great enthusiasm among amateurs of art in Japan.
At the beginning of its tour, the orchestra composed of national instruments of the Turkic World came together with students of the Conservatory of the Tokyo University. Artists of the orchestra who gave masterclasses at the afore-mentioned university  introduced traditional folk instruments and dances of the Turkic World  to Japanese students. The first day of the tour ended with a special concert of the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY in the university.
Following the concert in Kawasaki on November 14th, 2018, the tour of the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY went on in  with special events on November 15th-16th,2018.
In line with its declaration of the year 2018 as Year of Gara Garayev and Chingis Aitmatov upon decision of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of Turkic Speaking Countries  TURKSOY paid tribute to these pioneers of the Turkic World.
While the concert held in Yokohama on November 15th, 2018 featured works by the Azerbaijani composer on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birthday, the performance which took place in the Aksaka  Concert Hall on November 16th, 2018  in  Tokyowas dedicated to the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the birthday of the Kyrgyz author Chingis Aitmatov.
The event which started with a short documentary on the life of Chingis Aitmatov went on with contributions by the Secretary General of the Turkic Council Bagdat Amrayev, the People's author of Kyrgyzstan Sultan Rayev,  Sei Matsushita from  the Tsukuba Univeristy and the Representative of Kyrgyzstan to TURKSOY Mr. Kojogeldi Kuluyev who touched upon various aspects of the life and work of this great author of the Kyrgyz people.
On November 18th, 2018, the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY took the scene in a special event in the Hamamatsu Museum of Music Instruments which is the first museum of its kind with the most diversified collection in Japan.
The concert held in this museum featuring instruments from all countries around the world was full of emotional moments. The Uzbek artist Rovshanjan Yunusov who was one of the most appreciated artists of the orchestra throughout the tour whose performance got standing ovations from the audience said that he wanted to offer his doyra to the museum. The Director of the museum Kazuhiko Shima extended his gratitude to him for this special gift. 
The concert also featured a competition in which the audience was asked questions about the instruments used in this orchestra. Spectators who gave the right answers to the questions were offered the DVD of the the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of  TURKSOY.
The last concert of the tour which was organized in cooperation of TURKSOY with the Embassies of Azerbaijan Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Turkey in Tokyo along with the  Yunus Emre Institute and the Archers' Foundation  took place in Tokyo.
The final concert of the orchestra held in the Meguro Concert Hall with a capacity of  1250 spectators on November 20th,  2018 gathered a large audience of amateurs of art and took place in the presence of  members of the Japanese Parliament along with Heads and representatives  of various diplomatic missions.
The concert featuring talented musicians, soloists and dancers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Bashkortostan (RF), Tyva (RF), Sakha-Yakutia (RF), Gagauzia  (Moldova) and Mongolia enchanted its audience. 
Japanese amateurs of art who expressed their appreciation with an enthusiastic applause  at the end of the concert stayed in the concert hall for a while and posed with the artists to have their photos taken together as a remembrance of the day. Ambassadors and guest diplomats who went on stage for a family photograph were welcomed with a surprise final performance together with all artists of TURKSOY. The event ended with a joyful Anatolian folk dance, "halay" gathering hundreds of spectators with the  artists who danced to the joyful sound of the orchestra.
Calendar of the tour

November 7th, 2018 – Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul
November 13th, 2018 – Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
November 14th, 2018 – Culttz Kawasaki Concert Hall, Kawasaki
November 15th, 2018 – Kenmin Kyosai Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama
November 16th, 2018 – Akasaka Civic Concert Hall, Tokyo
November 18th, 2018 – Hamamatsu Museum of Music Instruments, Hamamatsu
November 20th, 2018 – Meguro Persimmon Concert Hall, Tokyo