SEND LOVE TO JAPAN
The Great East Japan Earthquake shook the grounds of Japan on March 11, 2011. It has already been eight years; It has been only three years since the Kumamoto Earthquake, and just last year Japan was hit with natural disasters in Sapporo and Okayama. The recovery efforts in places such as the Tohoku have made great progress. However, there is still a long road ahead for the continued recovery and healing for the people of Japan. Although we are oceans apart, we can still help those in need by letting them know we have not forgotten them. Join us as we send our love to Japan through music.
The Bridge Concert in LA: Mission Statement
Concert at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Date and Time: August 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7;00 pm.
Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
(1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278）
Sponsoring Organization: LinkLA
Supported by The Japanese Christian Church Federation of Southern California
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $40~50 Reserved Seating
Purpose of the Concert
“Let's send our Love”
The Great East Japan Earthquake shook the grounds of Japan on March 11, 2011. It has already been eight years. It has been only three years since the Kumamoto Earthquake. The recovery efforts have made great progress, however, there is still a long road ahead for the continued recovery and healing. Although we are oceans apart, The Bridge would like to send our Love to Japan through music.
We have invited The Bridge (from Japan and Korea). Through world class jazz musicians, we hope to:
Share the current situation of the devastated areas in Japan (Tohoku and Kyushu) and their current needs..
Through “The Bridge,” we want to send our thoughts and love from Southern California to the people in Japan affected by the earthquakes.
Build friendship between Japan, Korea, and the United States that goes beyond borders, culture and language.
Purpose of the Bridge
As the name suggests, the Bridge is a band working to encourage, cooperate, and build friendship beyond borders through music. The band is made up of professional musicians from Korea and Japan. It holds charity concerts to encourage those in the devastated areas and to bring financial support.
Min Gong, the leader of the Bridge, has worked as a studio pianist for famous K-pop artists for a long time. Watching the media coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake, he found himself in shock. Soon after he began learning Japanese. In June 2013, he visited the devastated area for the first time and since then he made the effort to visit Japan every month to perform and encourage people through his music. This was the beginning of the Bridge.
In June 2015, Min moved to Japan. He then enrolled in Kunitachi College of Music to study Jazz. In July 2017, with the cooperation of world class musicians from Korea, he visited the Tohoku area to hold the first concert by Bridge. On February 3 of this year, along with the musicians from Kunitachi College of Music and his professional musician friends from Korea, created a Big Band. They held a charity concert to raise funds for the recovery effort. They were able to visited the devastated area to hold charity concerts there as well.