Taipei, Four instruments made from the debris of an earthquake and a tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in 2011 will be the centerpiece of a concert in Taipei on Sunday.
The "tsunami instruments" -- two violins, a viola and a cello -- were crafted by Japanese master luthier Muneyuki Nakazawa, using wood left behind by a tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in the wake of a magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11, 2011.
At a benefit concert in Taipei on Sunday, the Taiwanese Qiyan Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven's String Quartets and the music of late Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao
Nakazawa, 78, said Friday at a news conference in Taipei that he was delighted to show his gratitude in a personal way for the support Taiwan provided in the wake of the 2011 disaster that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing.
At the press conference, his wife Kimiko Nakazawa, who is a violinist, performed a Japanese ballad on one of the tsunami instruments.
Her husband said it was her inspiring words that encouraged him to craft the musical instruments from driftwood left behind by the tsunami.
In total, Nakazawa has made nine tsunami instruments, which have been played by more than 600 people, including Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and the prominent Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Sunday's benefit concert at Songshan Culture and Creative Park in Taipei has raised NT$650,000 (US$21,067) from sponsors, which will be donated to the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and a firefighters' foundation, according to the organizers.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel