John Manjiro

John Manjiro ~ The Man Who Crossed The Ocean ~

The featured piece of this event is “Adventures of John Manjiro” for narration and piano, which is based on the life story of Manjiro Nakahama, also known as John Manjiro. He was a Japanese fisherman who was ship-wrecked and later rescued and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts by Captain Whitfield. John Manjiro later went back to Japan and contributed to opening the country of Japan to the west.

When: Sunday, September 23 

What time: 3:00PM (doors open at 2:30PM)

Where: Tenri Cultural Institute – 43 W 13th St. New York, NY 10011

Advanced tickets are available until Sept. 20th (adults $20, students $10)

Hearing, the Gift

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church – 1 Roanoke Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

What time: 3:00 pm  doors open at 2:45 pm

Program: Lecture on the gift of hearing by Dr. Brian Fligor, audiologist and musical performance by Dr. Apostolos Paraskevas, composer/guitarist

Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Children under 12 – available at the door










Dr. Fligor’s interest in musicians’ ears and his love of music lead him to reflect upon human hearing, a gift that should not be taken for granted.
He will share some thoughts and medical experience on the meaning and physiology of hearing.  Dr. Paraskevas will perform several pieces, including his compositions, weaving together many harmonics, which challenges our hearing ability and sensibility. During his performance, the audience will be invited to listen for overtones. The performance is intended to question the audience’s perception of sound, to lend a new appreciation for the gift of hearing.

Februus Duo Concert

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

Where: All Saints Parish – 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445

What time: 7:30 pm  doors open at 7:00 pm

Program: works by Leclair, Prokofiev, Paraskevas, Nakatani, and others

Admission: $20 – R.S.V.P. by October 14

The Februus Duo is comprised of pianist and poetess Shizuyo Le Nestour, and flutist and conductor Orlando Cela. Februus Duo’s program encompasses all time periods and styles, being equally comfortable performing music from the Baroque period, contemporary music, and anything in between. Februus has performed in the US and Europe, having premiered a few works in its two-year existence.

About the name – Februus means “purifier” and it was the god of purification in ancient Roman religion. Februus is possibly named in honor of the more ancient Februa, the spring festival of washing and purification. Februus’ holy month was Februarius (of Februa), hence English February, a month named for the Februa/februalia spring purification festival.

Shizuyo Le Nestour was born in Nara, Japan. She received a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the Osaka College of Music in Japan and a concert artist diploma from the École Normale de Musique de Paris by unanimous consent. Her new CD, “Shizuyo in Boston, 2010” is based on the compositions that were submitted for her recital at Berklee in 2010. She gave a solo piano recital in Kyoto, Japan in spring 2014. Ms. Le Nestour is a pianist, poet and expert in French vocal technique. She is a resident of Paris, France.

Venezuelan born flutist Orlando Cela is known for his engaging performances using imaginative programming of diverse repertoire. Mr. Cela has performed around the US, Europe and Asia, has commissioned and premiered over one hundred works, and has lectured in universities and festivals in the US, Germany, and China.

Workshop for kids with Fabio

Saturday, July 22  at 1:00 PM

Host: Yoko Nakatani

Where: 16 Union Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Participation Fee: $20

This workshop is designed for young musicians to experience rhythmic exercises with professional percussionist, Fabio Pirozzolo.


Fabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concerts and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drum techniques. A summa cum laude Berklee College of Music graduated, he performs in virtually any genre of music from jazz to world wusic to rock.


Our Next Salon Concert

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm

Hosts: Yoko Nakatani & Will Silvio

Where: 16 Union Avenue, J.P., MA 02130

Admission: Suggested Donation $20

Performer: Helen Sherrah-Davies, 5-string violin

Helen Sherrah-Davies

After many years as a classical performer and educator in her native Britain, Cambridge-educated five-string violinist and composer Helen Sherrah-Davies relocated to Boston, and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008 (Summa Cum Laude) with the “most valuable player” award, winning praise for being “one of Berklee’s most original voices”. She gained a Masters (with Academic Honours) in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory.

International credits include recording with Herbie Flowers (Sky/T Rex) in the UK, performing with Jon Lord (Deep Purple) in Switzerland, at the wedding of “Posh Spice” to David Beckham in Ireland, Montepulciano Opera Festival Orchestra in Italy,  an International Music Festival in the West Bank Palestine in 2011 – also teaching at Al Kamandjati in Ramallah. Stateside credits include performing with Simon Shaheen,  & recording with the Arabic Fusion ensemble, “ZilZala”, Mimi Rabson’s “Strings Theory Trio”, singer song-writer Alan Williams’, “Birdsong at Morning”, & the Boston-based Jazz Composers Alliance. Summer 2012 saw her explore microtonal notes between “the notes” with monster guitarist Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski’s unique “Planet Microjam Institute” at the Jazz Festival in Genoa, Italy. Her debut recording as lead, “StarStuff” jazz-infected, synesthetic inspired & trans-stylistic originals, was born in 2009: “A richly beautiful album.  In a league-of-its-own brilliance” (Neal Richardson, Splash Point Music, UK)

Since seats are limited, please R.S.V.P. by April 20!