Harmonic Hatchery Band
The Harmonic Hatchery Band --- This is an ensemble that specializes in jazz for children (although we haven't been able to accurately observe an upper age limit on the word, "children".) Members of the band have released a cassette containing twenty-three well-known children's songs from around the world, as well as a CD of entirely original material. Performances in Japan and North America have included jazz improvisation and rhythm workshops in elementary schools, jazz concerts in children's festivals and amusement parks and auditorium events in which forest-dwelling elves, fossilized men and piano-playing gorillas appear on stage to join in the music. One of the Harmonic Hatchery Band's intercultural programs that has received an enthusiastic response is a project that utilizes multi-track recording techniques to facilitate song-writing collaboration between elementary school children in Japan and North America.