"4/14 - I heard the news about the Kumamoto Earthquakes. As a person who experienced The Great Hanshin earthquake in my hometown, Ashia, I felt like I was in Kumamoto when I heard the news.
On the other hand, Mao Sone, a trumpet player currently attending the master's program in Berklee College Of Music, emailed me that he won the 1st prize at 'Keep An Eye' International Jazz Award in Amsterdam. In this competition, Groups from Manhattan School Of Music, music school from Spain and Italy participated as competitors.
I met Mr. Sone in 2008, and he was 17 years old. It was the time I was a clinician at the workshop organized by Japan Trumpet Association in Tokyo, he was a student who was chosen to perform at the workshop. I found Mao's talent and his potential, and I immediately asked his parents to send him to my jazz camp in Sapporo. Then, Mao came to my jazz camp, and he won the Berklee Award with the full scholarship to attend the Berklee Five-Week Program. He attended as a full-time student with a full scholarship for 4 years. He won the 1st prize at the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. He is not only a great trumpet player but also a fantastic composer. He is going to debut in Japan soon. Please keep an eye on him."