A new type of concert for classical music fans has come to Fukuoka in Japan.
“Purum Musica ensemble", The string quartet from Fukuoka held a social distanced performance in the heart of Fukuoka city, Japan.
Classical music concerts in 2020 have been different from past years. Due to the influence of the coronavirus, concerts have been postponed or cancelled in places all over Japan this year. In the past 50 years I don’t think there has been any other year that has had as many cancelled concerts as 2020.
Today, I’d like to talk about a new kind of concert which maintains social distance and is safe to go to. Such a concert was held this year in the middle of Fukuoka by a group of young musicians.
The sounds of strings that blend into the city.
It’s become impossible to have concerts in grand concert halls that fit hundreds of people. Up until now classical music concerts have conventionally been held in large performance halls but that is changing.
The Fukuoka based string quartet “Purum Musica Ensemble” held a concert on October 11th of this year at the Kyushu Christian Hall located at Maizuru in Fukuoka city.
“Purum Musica ensemble” Official website
A social distanced environment.
Normally the hall can seat up to 150 guests but the group only set up seats for 40 in order to maintain social distancing. They also prepared hand sanitizer and made sure to open windows before beginning and during intermissions in order to thoroughly ventilate the space. Because of this, there may be some guests who feel cold during the intermissions and in the time before the concert starts. It is recommended that guests wear clothes that will allow them to adjust to the changing temperatures.
Place: Kyushu Chirstian Kaikan
There are many who are inexperienced and feel hesitant to attend classical concerts held in large venues even if they want to go. For a first time concert goer, it's much less nerve wracking if they attend a concert at a church or a medium sized concert space.
Purum Musica ensemble’s concert was also streamed live on YouTube.
Check the video out here.
Where does the name “Purum Musica ensemble” come from?
In Latin, “Purum” means purely and “Musica” means music. An ensemble is a group of musicians who perform together.
Purum Musica ensemble is composed of professional musicians who mainly work in Fukuoka prefecture. The members differ for every performance so there is no set group. It may be one group but viewers can enjoy the different sounds and harmonies of various musicians.
What’s something unique about a Purum Musica ensemble concert?
The most unique feature of a Purum Musica ensemble concert is the ability to hear lesser known classical and contemporary pieces of music. Purum Musica ensemble concerts feature music that you wouldn't find in a more traditional concert, on YouTube, or on the internet. Professional musicians bring uncommon songs to life, live for the audience. It’s the kind of concert that can make a classical music fan excited to discover new pieces of music they haven’t heard before. I want a lot of people to experience the interesting and exciting nature of these unique performances held by the Purum Musica ensemble.
The program that the musicians performed this time contained “Haydn / String quartet Op20-2” and “Frank / String quartet”. “Frank / String quartet” is an especially uncommon piece of music, even if you search for it on YouTube the only performance you can find is the Purum Musica ensemble concert. Their concerts offer listeners the opportunity to listen to songs not usually selected for more traditional concerts. It is an irresistible and valuable opportunity for classical music lovers.
Classical music cannot be defined as only being older pieces of music.
There are a lot of people who think of orchestras and string quartets when they think about classical music. The songs that are often associated with classical music and usually performed include works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Bruckner, Brahms, Debussy, and Bartok.
However, the history of classical music stretches back further than those composers; it can be said to be as long as the history of music itself. If we include baroque music which came to prominence in the 1600s, then classical music has been played for at least over 400 years.
With such a long history, it’s only natural that classical music has also been through a lot of changes over the years. The evolution of different instruments, the fluctuating status of musicians in society, and other societal factors have all played a role in forming classical music as we know it today, even now it continues to be redefined. Within the genre of classical music there are even sub genres such as “baroque music”, “classical”, “modern classical music”, and “contemporary classical music.”
A new kind of classical concert.
As it gets colder and the Autumn leaves change, a new kind of classical concert seems to be taking shape. Why don't you consider saving the very formal concerts for some time in the future and instead attend a concert performed by local professional musicians in your city? Purum Musica ensemble performances are great for beginner concert goers and locals to just drop by and enjoy. Their concerts are one of the city’s hidden gems and attending one is like going to a little hideout. Once the coronavirus pandemic calms down, by all means, please come and visit Fukuoka.
“Prum Musica ensemble” concert.
Performed on October, 11th, 2020
Graduated with a violin master’s degree from Fukuoka Kyoiku University
Learned to play the violin from Ms.Sumiko Masukado and Mr.Taishi Harada. Also attended the master course taught by Svetlin Roussev at the Kirishima International Music Festival.
Performed at the 10th Beten National Music Competition.
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Graduated with a master’s degree of education from Fukuoka Kyoiku University.
He learned to play the violin from Mr.Kazuyoshi Moriyama, Mr.Hioroaki Ishii, Mr.Harada Taishi, and Mr.Arata Kazutoyo. He also studied under Mr. Hamao Fujiwara and Mr.Takumi Komoriya at the 32nd Kirishima International Music Festival. At the Osaka International Music Competition, he received instruction from Pascal Roge. He received the highest award at the 34th and 36th Kagoshima All High School Music Competition.
Graduated with a violin master’s degree from Fukuoka Kyoiku university.
He learned to play the violin from Ms. Sumiko Masumoto, Ms. Taeko Miki, and Mr. Taishi Harada. He was also taught how the play the viola by Mr. Taishi Harada and Ms. Tomoko Kato.
At the 38th and 39th Kirirshima International Music Festival’s Master course he received instruction from Mr. Hamao Fujiwara and Ms. Tomoko Kato. He received awards at the 7th and 8th Beten National Music Competitions. In 2020 he was qualified to participate in the Kagoshima Newcomer Musician Competition (postponed).
The main representative of Purum Musica ensemble
He started playing the cello as an amateur in high school and has continued to play since. His principal profession is that of a violin craftsman and he works making instruments in Iizuka city. After thinking about what he could do for the music industry in Japan, he decided to form the Purum Musica ensemble. He also plans and manages concerts for young musicians.
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