On November 20, 2011 at 7pm at Largo at the Coronet in West Hollywood, CA, The Section Quartet hosts “A Concert to Benefit School Music Revival”. Co-MC’ing the show are comedienne Margaret Cho and singer/songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips. Artists scheduled to perform are Sam Phillips, Jenny O., Linda Perry, Mike Watt, Lisa Germano, Wendy & Lisa, Matt Sharp, Van Dyke Parks, Murry Hammond (of Old 97s) and Grey DeLisle, with more guests to be announced. All the artists will perform in collaboration with The Section Quartet who’ll act as “house band”, promising an evening of unique and unforgettable musical moments. In addition, journalist and co-founding editor of BoingBoing.com Xeni Jardin will speak about her recent trip to Japan to report on the ongoing nuclear crisis for PBS’ News Hour program. One week after the concert, 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, Eric Gorfain, leader of rock string ensemble The Section Quartet, 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 he wanted to help the children of the region get back to “normal” life with their music studies as quickly as possible and organized this benefit concert.
Tickets for this very special event can be purchased HERE.