Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation Presents Pianist Unno at Aurora Benefit Concert in Los Angeles
To celebrate its 23rd year, the Aurora Foundation welcomes jazz pianist Tadataka Unno on Saturday, December 4 at 2:30 p.m. for a benefit concert at the Aratani Theater, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.
Born in 1980 in Tokyo, Unno started playing piano at age 4 and jazz piano at age 9. Suzuki, Kimiko Ito and Masahiko Osaka.
In 2008, in order to further pursue the roots and culture of jazz, Unno moved to New York, where he now resides. Although he started from square one in a new world, Unno was greeted by top musicians like Hank Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Hargrove and John Pizzarelli as the Japanese band’s first regular member. In addition to participating in world tours, Unno also performs in his own trio.
At approximately 7:30 pm on September 27, 2020, Unno was violently and violently attacked in a Manhattan subway station by a young mob shouting âChineseâ and âAsianâ, verbally assaulting him. Unno was taken to hospital in an ambulance, after sustaining fractures to his right shoulder and right arm as well as bruises all over his body, including his head – serious injuries potentially ending his career as pianist.
This incident was widely reported in the news, and support poured in from all over the world. Determined not to give in to discrimination or violence, Unno now sees it as his mission “to express through music that negative energy can be converted into positive energy”. He underwent intense surgery and physiotherapy, which allowed him to make a long-awaited return to the stage.
The Aurora Foundation wishes to share with him this message of dream, hope and courage and stands in solidarity against all hate crimes.
Visit its website, https://www.tadatakaunno.com/. He’s also on Twitter (https://twitter.com/tadataka_unno) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tadatakaunnojazz/).
Tickets cost $ 100 ï¼concert and reception), $ 40 (reserved seats) and $ 20 (general admission). For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.jtsf-aurora.org.
Guests must present proof of full vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before entering the theater. Photo ID is also required. Guests should wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times in the theater and should disinfect their hands when entering the theater. Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
With an eye towards the future of world peace and a deep passion for contributing to a better world for young educators, the Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation was established in 1998 as a 501 (c ) (3) by Dr Akiko Agishi. , who is the president.
The main objective of the JLSF scholarships is to encourage Japanese language teachers or graduate students of Japanese language teaching to live in Japan and deepen their understanding of the language, improve their teaching skills and enrich their appreciation of Japanese culture. All their future students will share in the benefits of these scholarships.
The Aurora Challenge grant is awarded to an American citizen who resides in California and has a unique dream, in any field of activity, related to Japanese culture that would never be realized without a trip to Japan. The award is given to a person with a dream or creative challenge which, if fulfilled, would contribute to global goodwill and intercultural appreciation.
By awarding this grant, the Aurora Foundation hopes to help the winner pursue their truest and most sincere dream by offering them the opportunity to live a unique experience. Through this experience and by continuing to pursue their dream projects, the recipients continue to gain and share a better understanding of Japan.
To encourage the younger generation, the Aurora Foundation is holding a speech competition for non-native Japanese high school students in the United States, in association with the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. The winner is invited to participate in the Overseas Japanese Speech Contest held every summer in Japan. To date, the Aurora Foundation has awarded scholarships and grants to 80 recipients.
In 2009, the foundation launched the Japanese Culture and Language Program, which was designed to give an introduction to some aspects of Japanese culture and a useful language relevant to the culture. Participants were encouraged to explore their own cultural heritage in relation to Japanese culture and language.
The Aurora Foundation hosts several fundraising events throughout the year, including the Japanese Film Screening and Charity Golf Classic in the Spring, as well as the Awards Dinner and Benefit Concert in the Fall. . The net proceeds fund the foundation’s scholarship programs and the Aurora Endowment Fund. In addition, they have become iconic events locally and the foundation is proud to be part of the Japanese American community in Southern California.
The goal of the Aurora Foundation is for the learning experience gained by scholarship recipients and the support generated by fundraising events to positively affect the general American public and build goodwill between the United States and Japan.