Kilu is going to start a choir for the children with rehearsals starting this Saturday from 1.30-2.30pm. Then once a week moving forwards. Please do let us know if your children are interested in taking part in this choir which we are hoping to be a great success and inspiration for the children.
Singing is such a beneficial activity not only as they will be learning some basic breathing a vocal techniques to develop their singing and speaking voices but it is also a very valuable confidence builder and we are very excited about what we can achieve with this.
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Kilu Music School is offering "Rhythmic Class" for those who are 4 to 6 years old. Few slots to be filled!
For more detail, call 337186 or 17413280
The May June 2011 issue of Tashi Delek magazine carried an article about Kilu Bhutan Music School called Music in the Hills.
For Noam Lemish, an Israeli-American pianist and a composer, expressing feeling through words were always difficult. That was how he found music, and it bought him to Bhutan.
He started playing at the age of eleven and realized he wanted to be a professional musician at the age of 14. Having begun his classical and jazz studies in Israel and his major in music from Sonoma State University, United States, he has appeared in countless performances in the US and Europe.
He has composed music for two short films in Bhutan and has also collaborated with the guitarist and singer Tshering Dorji.
Source: Bhutan+Partners, August 31, 2010
A Yamaha Grand Piano arrived in Thimphu, Bhutan in November 2008. It had been shipped from the Netherlands, crossed the oceans, was loaded on a truck in Calcutta and travelled up into the mountains of Bhutan. The instrument was a gift, through bhutan+partners, for the people of Bhutan to celebrate the coronation and the royal centenary. The piano was slightly damaged but sounded great after having been tuned by Simon Jorritsma, from the Netherlands. At that time there was no Bhutanese piano tuner in the country. Bhutan+partners committed itself to have a young talented musician trained as part of the grand piano project. Samten Chhophel was selected in 2008 and followed a one-year training course in piano repair and tuning, at the HMC training institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2009-2010.
Recently, in august 2010, Samten assisted in repairing the grand piano and tuned the grand piano at the Royal Banquet hall in Thimphu as well as other pianos in Thimphu. Repairing and tuning were the final assignments for Samten, Simon Jorritsma, coordinator at the institute and one of Samten’s teachers, was enthusiastic about the result. Samten had delivered well-tuned instruments and the grand piano was ready for a concert. Compliments for Samten followed and he received his certificate at a formal gathering in Thimphu where members of the Kilu Music school and family members were present. Samten is now employed as junior teacher at the Kilu Music School.
Are you a parent in Thimphu? If so, have you grumbled that the city does not provide enough after-school activities, especially during the holiday season, for your children?
Kilu Music School, a non-government organization, was established in March 2005. At the moment, there are 40 students enrolled in Kilu; 4 adults, and 36 children, and they are all being taught by JOCV Mr. Masayuki Nagano. Mr. Nagano, who has been working in Kilu since September 2007, is the only music instructor at the school. Hence, he has the tremendous task of preparing and conducting classes for all the students. However, instead of being overwhelmed by the responsibilities, Mr. Nagano said that he enjoys the challenge and is delighted to watch his students learn music. The students attend two classes a week; one individual (practical) and one group (music theory). Mr. Nagano said that he is also trying to prepare the curriculum for the different course levels offered at Kilu. The school offers a six year curriculum and also gives certification.
Source: JICA newsletter