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Thread #82762   Message #1599024
Posted By: Suffet
06-Nov-05 - 10:17 PM
Thread Name: NOMAD is an island
Subject: RE: NOMAD is an island

I just got back home from NOMAD. I had a really good weekend renewing old connections and making new ones. Special thanks to "bbc" for coming to my performances. I hope you enjoyed what your heard. I'll have the CD to you very soon. And another special thanks to "Cllr" and the others for that impromptu sing around at the Fairfield Inn between midnight and 1 o'clock this morning.

By the way, wasn't Takako Nagumo wonderful at Kathy Westra's Songs for a Sunday Morning? For those who don't already know, Takako, who works for the UN here in New York, is undoubtedly the foremost singer of traditional Japanese children's songs and teller of traditional Japanese children's stories in North America. It is only in the last two years, however, that she has been performing at folk festivals and for folk music societies. That is because she was greatly surprised to find that there are actually non-Japanese who are interested in the archaic traditions of her native country. She still needs some encouragement to perform in such "strange" environments, and I am happy to say that Kathy and everyone else at the session gave her that encouragement.

I believe that in the coming year Takako will be doing a house concert for the Philadelphia Folksong Society and one for the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club. She already did a children's concert with Pete Seeger this year, at which she taught Pete (and the kids) the same frog song she sang this morning. The one difference was that when she appeared with Pete, she brought along large cue cards with her that had the lyrics in Japanese transliterated into the Roman alphabet.

--- Steve