My Name, 名前

My father named me, Toru, after a famous Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) who composed November Steps which features Shakuhachi and Biwa with Orchestra. My father, Kokichi, is really interested in Jazz, and you might think that there is no connection between a classical composer and jazz, but Toru Takemitsu wrote about Jazz theory inContinue reading “My Name, 名前”

Famous Cellist, 有名なチェロ奏者

I met Mstislav Rostropovich at my first Orchestra rehearsal of the Kurashiki Junior Philharmony Orchestra when I was 9 years old. I had no idea how famous he was at the time (not until College when I became music performance major). I was a talkative child, so I was talking to my friend, and heContinue reading “Famous Cellist, 有名なチェロ奏者”

Happy Father’s Day, 父の日おめでとうございます。

Happy Father’s Day. I thought to talk about my father today for Father’s Day post. My father, Kokichi, loves Jazz. He loves to play Jazz, and think about music theory and anything about Jazz. Jazz is the reason why my family came to USA. He wanted to study Jazz at the world’s best Jazz School,Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day, 父の日おめでとうございます。”

Bowing with laptop, ラップトップで弓順を書く

One of the things I do during the summer, is to put bowing for upcoming concerts for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. The picture is an example of bowing. I figure out which way the bow should go, up (v) or down (∏) according to how I want the music to flow. For this IContinue reading “Bowing with laptop, ラップトップで弓順を書く”

Internet Connection インターネット

Within my family, we use many computers at the same time, and sometimes the connection was really slow. I use surface pro computer and it does not have the connection for Ethernet cable. I learned that by having USB Ethernet Adapter, it becomes possible. I am using Amazon Basics Ethernet Adapter, and the connection isContinue reading “Internet Connection インターネット”

Father’s Day Gift Idea 父の日のギフト

Today was BBQ day. I enjoy  BBQ these days. For tell you the truth, I did not enjoy BBQ for a long time, the biggest reason was : Responsibility of cooking the food correctly. Figuring out the grill takes time and where the hot spots are, so I won’t burn the food. The grill IContinue reading “Father’s Day Gift Idea 父の日のギフト”

June – July 2019

June 8 (Sat) @1:30pm: Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street, Tucson. June 8 (Sat) @3pm: Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street, Tucson: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Reiko Shimokawa, Piano, Dvorak: Symphony No.9 June 9 (Sun) @7pm: Tucson Pops Orchestra, Guest Conductor: Reid Park Outdoor Performance Center.—mariachi-aztlaacuten-de-pueblo-high-school-with-guest-conductor-toru-tagawa.htmlContinue reading “June – July 2019”

January – April 2019

January 12, 2019 Space Exploration Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Wagner/Sheffer: Ride of the Valkyries Horner/Moss: Apollo 13 Liszt: Les Preludes Anderson: Bugler’s Holiday Giacchino/Custer: Star Trek: Through the Years Holst: Mars and Jupiter from the Planets Williams/Smith: Star Wars, Epic 2 The Program   February 15-16, 2019 AMEA All Regional Orchestra, South East Region atContinue reading “January – April 2019”

September 2018-December 2018

October 27, 2018 Teacher and Apprentice Brahms: Academic Festival Overture Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No.3. Kai Skaggs, Violin Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain. Wittry: Leaves Bizet: Carmen Suite No.2 The CODA December Honor Orchestras, November 30-December 1, 2018; University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA CODA Honors String Orchestra, Toru Tagawa, Conductor Academic Festival Overture byContinue reading “September 2018-December 2018”