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Japan, In Memoriam.


On March 11th it will be exactly one year since almost 20,000 people lost their lives in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

To mark this anniversary, composer Albors Askari, is releasing a single to commemorate the disaster. With all the proceeds going to an Austrian charity called Helft Japan who are raising money for a children’s dance group in a town in the Miyagi prefecture near Onagawa.

You may or may not recall that the piece he composed, entitled “Onagawa”, (after the nuclear power plant), was inspired by my poem: Tsunami – A poem for Japan.

It’s an absolutely stunningly haunting piece of music which I urge you to buy a copy of on Amazon. (It will also be available on iTunes and Spotify.)

It’s officially being released on the 11th, but I’m sure you can pre-order. It’s all for a good cause! What’s more, you get to read my poem which is on the cover artwork!

http://www.alborspascalaskari.com/

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Onagawa by Albors Askari, poem by David Milligan-Croft

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Albors Askari


Albors Askari

Albors Pascal Askari has composed a piece of music to accompany the poem I wrote for the victims of the Japan Tsunami.

Personally, I think it is stunning. To me, it is reminiscent of Michael Nyman with a bit of Erik Satie thrown in for good measure. You might even say there’s a teeny bit of Penguin Cafe Orchestra in there too.

It’s very evocative and melancholy.

The piece is called Onagawa, (after the nuclear power plant), and you can listen to it here on Soundcloud.

If it tickles your fancy you might want to listen to the rest of his ‘work-in-progress’ album here.

Albors hails from Vienna, Austria and comes across as a very humble man so it would be good if you could ‘Share’ his work, or ‘like’ it if you have the time. And maybe, when the album is released, (he mentioned October time), you might even buy a copy. I know I will.

As some of you may recall, the poem was the catalyst for the Japan Art Auction which went on to raise just over £5k for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

Here is the poem in a couple of guises. (Just click on them if you want to enlarge them or scroll down to read it on the post.)

Tsunami - A poem for Japan, by David Milligan-Croft

Tsunami - A poem for Japan, by David Milligan-Croft

Tsunami –
A poem for Japan
by David Milligan-Croft

The world cracked
And up you rose
From the Ring of Fire
On a day when the gods were too busy.

You rode ashore,
Like 40,000 apocalyptic horsemen,
Not pausing for houses, for cars,
For people, for breath.

Dragging their kicks and screams
Through concrete and timber and twisted steel,
Splintering bones
Like cherry blossom twigs.

Until they were silent.
And the world was silent.

Then you slithered away
On the belly of the night,
Lapping the shore whilst
Licking your greedy fingers.

And after you are satiated,
And we have un-buried our dead,
We will climb up out of the mud,
And the sun will rise again.

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Japan Art Auction


I’ve been so busy Tweeting, Facebooking and Linked-In-ing, that I’ve neglected to mention the Japan Art Auction on my blog!

I’m putting on an exhibition / auction of UK and Irish creative work to raise funds for victims of the tsunami.

Artists include: writers, photographers, designers and illustrators from the advertising industry who are kindly donating work to be auctioned/sold.

I have already received the first piece for the exhibition – a beautiful poem by Irish poet, Patrick Chapman.

I’ve had lots of very positive feedback, offers of help, and advice on how to put on an exhibition!

If anyone out there wants to donate some artwork, please drop me a line. It can either be something bespoke, related to the disaster, or something from your archives. Or, if you know someone else you think might want to help, send them this post.

The medium isn’t important either. It could be: a painting, illustration, photograph, poem, prose, haiku, graphic design etc.

What it must be: is something that you think someone else might want to put on their wall.

The main goal for this is to raise money for the people of Japan.

The date is TBC. As is the venue. But it is more than likely going to be in Manchester, England.

I’ll provide regular updates as I have them re specs, venue, dates etc.

Anyone who wants to help in any way, (even if it isn’t to exhibit), please drop me a line. But, above all, remember, I want everything for Free!

Thank you.

David Milligan-Croft

 

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