Tonari Gumi Coffeehouse: Saturday, October 20, 2012

By: Martin Kobayakawa and Yasuko Yamazaki (Coffehouse Co-ordinators)

Tonari Gumi held its third coffeehouse of the year on Saturday, October 20th.  The Fall Coffeehouse featured an eclectic mix of musical genres, including jazz, folk-rock, opera and choral.

The program started with beautifully performed operatic and classical pieces by Akiko Yanagisawa (vocals), Chieko Konishi Louie (flute) and Katsuko Ochiai (piano).  Next up were Ikuko May and Yujiro Nakajima, featuring the distinct jazz-tinged vocals of Ikuko and Yujiro’s outstanding guitar work.

Doug Quiring (guitar and vocals) and Linda Mah (vocals) played a very entertaining and musical set, featuring roots-oriented folk-rock tunes.

The 16-member strong Cattleya Chorus, conducted by Kuniko Naito and accompanied on piano by Hiroko Shepard, closed the show, with a performance that was both powerful and elegant.

Many thanks to those attending the Coffeehouse, our volunteers and last but not least the musicians for their inspired performances.  Check out some photos on our Flickr feed here.