Friday, September 07, 2007

Memorial Ceremony 2007

In Japan, faithful supporters of Alexei Sultanov hold an annual memorial ceremony for him. This year, we had that on Sept 2nd in Shibuya, Tokyo.

At the beginning of the party, we had a memorial cake for him, which Midori-san brought. This is fantastic!

As you can see, this cake express the gold medal of Van Cliburn piano competition.

We had a toast with oriental tea. (in Japanese, we say it as "Kanpai!")

Next, Yusuke played "The Star-Spangled Banner" to cerebrate Alexei! (Actually, he also played Chopin's Ballade No.4 with his very respect to Alexei)

Then one of the attendee sang "When you wish upon a star". It was so beautiful! We are sure that Alexei would also love that jazzy-arranged performance!

After the song, Kazuko-san's lovely daughter played "America the beautiful" in flute.

Finally we listened lots of Alexei's performance, and remembered his genius again!
It was such a great moment for us to share the memories. Each attendee has his or her original memory with Alexei.

One more thing, this is a Kazuko-san's masterpiece, a painting of Alexei and Dace. It is soooooooooooooooo beautiful!

After the ceremony, we went to Japanese bar(which is called as "Izakaya") and continulusly talked and talked and talked about Alexei...

Thank you very much for Alexei, Dace, Japanese fans and all the person who loves magic piano power of Alexei Sultanov!