On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the greatest natural disasters in the country’s history, a series of massive earthquakes and tsunamis. For all of us living here in Japan, this is probably the saddest and most horrific event we will witness in our lifetimes.
The scenes of ruin in the Tohoku region are impossible to process.
But amidst scenes of apocalyptic destruction, there are other scenes making their way into the collective imagination, and these are scenes of composure. Under unimaginable conditions, people are drawing upon a deep collective spirit to face this crisis with a courage and pride that is humbling.
Mindgames reached out to artists who have played at the Labyrinth festival ― friends who have a deep love and respect for the country and people of Japan ― and asked them to contribute music in honor of the survivors and to help in the process of rebuilding. Their music has been compiled into this double-cd release simply titled “Composure”.
To help us all maintain calm and heal tired nerves, the music is all ambient in nature. Maintaining one’s composure in a time of crisis is not easy, but meditative music is one tool that we can all turn to for assistance.
Almost all the tracks contributed are new tracks that have been composed especially for this project, and none have been released before. Mastering has been beautifully handled by Neel of Voices from The Lake.
Disk Union in Japan has most generously agreed to partner with us to produce and distribute this album. To ensure that as much money goes to charity as possible, Disk Union and the Labyrinth are covering production costs involved (cd pressing, packaging, etc), so you know that your purchase is going to people who need it.
All contributions are going to the Tohoku Kids Project run by Living Dreams, a charity dedicated to providing assistance to orphans in Japan. You can read more about Living Dreams here:
We would also like to thank Danthon from Silent Season who contributed the cover art, a photograph of a Japanese maple tree. The Japanese maple tree is known for showing a magnificent array of colors depending on the circumstances and season―in that most difficult of seasons, we think Japan showed the world her true colors.
Russ, Yasuyo, and So