Shakuhachi in Doha, Qatar

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The Emir is commemorating the new Doha amphitheater in Katara Culture Village and Opera house with a 150 member orchestra concert featuring top opera stars and a 160 member childrens choir from Russia. They are also presenting some of the world’s most iconic ethnic music, such a Native American drumming, Chinese erhu, Turkish oud, West African Kora and me on shakuhachi, to name a few. What an experience it has been so far. I got off a 12 hour plane flight and went right into rehearsals (until after midnight. No union here). There’s going to be a laser light show and fireworks and everything projected onto the huge video screens. (which I was told is the biggest in the world thus far). Notice the raised circle platform in the middle of the stage. That’s where they decided to put me, front and center….gulp. This huge event has been unpublicized because its done in conjunction with the Fourth United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and they are worried about security. I can’t mention any names until Monday. There’s a couple of big ones so stay tuned wink
Ma’a salama, Perry

 

Dec 10 - Dress rehearsal ended after midnight. Met Jeremy Irons, whom I’m a big fan of, so it was extra special when he asked about the shakuhachi.

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160 member international childrens choir, adult Russian Choir, 150 member Western orchestra, 2 opera singers ( Italian and French) and us - a 9 member world music group (I know, it should be much larger!).
The band wink
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Vangelis, the composer of the event, has a lot on his plate. The music is wonderful.
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They were still fixing the giant video screen moments before the tech rehearsal started.
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So far, from my limited exposure between the hotel and Amphitheater, I have found Doha to be a city bustling with raw yet focused energy in both commerce and the arts. The Qatari people are not only some of the nicest people I’ve eve met, full of openness and warmth, but are also intriguing, to say the least.

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The city is a mixed of fast rising concrete. (view from the suite)
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And, a desert and lake.
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As always, here’s my viewpoint from the stage.

The shows at 8pm tonight!

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