From the recording For Japan (Nihon no tame ni)
On March 11, 2011 the island of Japan was hit by the strongest earthquake in its recorded history. The earthquake triggered tsunami waves up to 10 meters (30 feet) high, traveling at 25 mph across farmland, sweeping away homes, crops, vehicles, residents, and triggering fires. Thousands have perished; half a million are homeless. As musicians, we responded the best way we could - creating music for this time of realization and recovery; composing and producing music to reflect the mood of a nation. The Equanimous Jones Quartet composed the song “Nihon no tame ni (For Japan)”. It accompanies the video which illustrates the harsh conditions immediately following the earthquake and tsunami, as well as the relief efforts that sprung quickly into action. It’s the best way we know to participate, and hopefully make a difference in the pain and suffering of the Japanese people.
Knowing that the recovery efforts in Japan will continue for many months, we decided to make the audio track available for purchase on ITunes, CD Baby and Amazon MP3 (other sites should have it soon). We’ll donate our full share to the relief efforts in Japan. It’s not the millions we would like to donate, but we know it will make a difference.
Photos in the YouTube video courtesy of the Official U.S. Navy Imagery