The book about Earth Harmony project written in Japanese.
The official Site of
The Earth Harmony
" I hope that the peace will come true that everyone
in the world is laughing with music."
He is originally from Ikoma-city Nara-prefecture. He graduated
Nara-Koriyama High school and now lives in Kokubunji-city, Tokyo.
After high school he gets started playing piano. When he was 21-year-old,
he dropped out Osaka Art University with his own will and has
settled in Tokyo since then.
He started his musical activity as a keyboard player of Yazawa-Ekichi-Band.
After he played for some Japanese popular musicians, such as
Masatoshi Nakamura and Yoko Seri, he has played as a Jazz pianist
with Richard Davis and many other famous musicians.
Since 1991, being free from Jazz, he has been trying to find
his own music style with a theme of "Nature".
His dynamic play, from Jazz standards to children's songs, and
simple & gentle talks attracts many people, not only Jazz
fan but also general people from children to aged. He hopes that
everyone, who listens to his piano,feels fun and wonder of the
Since 1992, his project, "Waking up piano concert tour",
which he has been carrying out as a part of environment conservation
activity, has been focused on TV and newspapers. Through this
activity, he has visited many houses and played pianos, which
are not used any more, there.
Summer in 1995, for organising a network of purifying Yodogawa-river
in Osaka. This unique Jazz Piano concert tour was held at 20 venues
along the basin of Yodogawa-river.
In Feburuary/1994,95,96, He joined the Brussels-Piano-Festival
held in Belgium.
In March/1996,97, He joined the Japan-Cultural-Festival held
in South Africa. Thus he is now trying to widen his activities
all over the world.
His main works are,
1.Sending pianos, which are not used in Japan, to the children
in Africa and Asia.
2.Organising the activity to recycle dead/broken pianos.
3.Positively taking part in/organising the nature conservation
programmes as a pianist.
CD works: a selection "Shimantogawa-river"
, "Davis & Kono" and others
South African law divided the population into four major racial
categories: Africans (black), Europeans (whites), "Coloreds"
(people of mixed ancestry) and Asians. While this law was removed
from the statute books in 1991, many South Africans still view
themselves and each other according to these categories.
While it will take a long time to build trust among different
groups, consensus holds that South Africans must together reconstruct
and develop their country and become the "Rainbow Nation."
Then we have held the concert tour with South African children
Our group promotes protection of the natural environment and
world peace through music. We send old pianos from Japan to children
in Asia and Africa. We also invite South African children to attend
a peace concert in Japan.
(The chorus groups of South African children) Kono Yasuhiro(Piano) MASA(Vo) and more..
:click (The price of Earth Harmony's CD is 3,000yen)
NDI HAMBA NAWE
I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC
DANCE SOME MORE
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE
LET THE PEACE BEGIN
LIEDJIE VIR JOU
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLECLE CATS
ALWAYS WITH YOU
"Japan's Last Clear River" Studded With
Strangely Shaped Rocks
Shimanto-gawa River, "Japan's last clear river",
originates in Mt. Irazu in the western part of Shikoku's
mountainous region, winds through the southwestern part
of Kochi Prefecture and pours into Tosa Bay at Shimoda
in Nakamura, running through a total length of 196 km.
As the upper part of the river is surrounded by thick
forests without any dam on the path of the river, clean
water runs down to its lower reaches. There are 22 submerging
bridges in all across the river: they are without handrails
and go under water when the river swells.
My mother's parents' home is located nearby the lower
stream of Shimanto River in Shimonokae,Tosashimizu City.
The name of Shimanto River had been remained in the corner
of my mind for long time cause of its unusual name. Although
I went there only several times when I was small.
My cousin suggested to compose the the Shimanto River
Suite when I performed the first live concert in Kochi
six years ago. Then he sent me all the information about
Nature destruction is proceeding in not only Japan but
also over the world in these days. I have been interested
in the untouched natural river being still alive in Japan
and I have been thinking of the composition of theme on
Shimanto River since then.
During Gulf War, nature destruction and loss of many lives
were occurred in a short period, which we have never thought
The war was resumed in Junuary 1991.
Moreover,even Japan who has maintained the peace constitution
joined the Allied Forces.And I feer that I have to do
something about it.
I hope that my performance makes a chance to think about
the nature, environment, and peace to as many people as
Between February 10th and 11th, I visited the Shimanto
River for the first time in 20years. I was very surprised
that the river was polluted more than I thought.
Especially at the sight og gravel-digging.
The good gravel is carried out here and there to be able
to produce high quality gravel.And it has been said that
this brought many changes to the ecosystem of the river.
However, I think that there is a difficulty of natural
conservation, because that gravel digging is one of the
biggest source of income for people who live there.
May,1991 Yasuhiro Kono
From "Pray for Shimanto" Kono Yasuhiro original solo