Proceeds of benefit concert go to help children return to
their music studies.
On November 20 at 7pm at Largo in West
Hollywood, CA, The
Section Quartet hosted “A Concert to Benefit School Music Revival”.
Co-MC’ing the show were comedienne Margaret Cho and singer/songwriter Grant-Lee
Phillips. Artists initially scheduled to perform were Sam Phillips, Van
Dyke Parks, Linda Perry, mike watt, Lisa Germano, Wendy & Lisa, Matt Sharp,
Jenny O and Grey DeLisle who were joined by Ken Andrews and Kellii Scott (of
the band Failure), Vivian Campbell (of Def Leppard) and Murry Hammond (of Old
97s), with more guests to be announced.
Pictured above are Cho and
Phillips performing together at the event. (Photo by Chris Cuttriss.)
All the artists performed in
collaboration with The Section Quartet who acted as “house
band,” making for an evening of
unique and unforgettable musical moments. In addition, journalist and
co-founding editor of BoingBoing.com Xeni Jardin spoke about her recent
trip to Japan
to report on the ongoing nuclear crisis for PBS’ News Hour program. Eric
Gorfain of The Section Quartet will be traveling to Japan
to hand deliver 100% of the concert’s proceeds to Mr. Naoyuki Seo of the School
Music Revival foundation in Tokyo.
The March 2011 earthquake and
tsunami in the Fukushima region of Japan decimated
the immediate area and created an ongoing nuclear disaster; the images of the
disaster beamed around the world in real time shocked and horrified all. As a
musician who has spent much of the last 21 years repeatedly visiting and making
music in Japan,
as well living there for a four year stretch, Gorfain, wanted to help in some
way, large or small. Then, Gorfain discovered that composer Ryuichi
Sakamoto had co-founded School Music Revival, an organization devoted to
repairing or replacing school instruments damaged or lost in the disaster.
“While human life was lost in
incomprehensible numbers, lives are being put back together, and music plays a
large role in mending the mind, as well as the body, so I wanted to help the
children of the region get back to ‘normal’ life with their music studies as
quickly as possible”, says Gorfain.
More details: http://www.schoolmusicrevival.org/purpose_eng.html