Coro Dabat at Carnegie Hall
The Spanish choir participates in the 10th Annual Japan-US Chorus Festival.
Coro Dabar is a mixed choir who enjoys performing polyphonic music of all times. It consists of 20 singers and was born on a spring day in 2008 from a group of singers of Santa María de la Estrella Church Choir in Coria del Río, Seville.
This town has a special relation with Japan, since hundreds of Samurai descendants, Japons, live. In 1613, the first lord of Sendai clan, Masamune Date, dispatched a diplomatic mission to Spain, and some stayed in the region and became the ancestors of Japons, who to this date maintain their surname derived from where they hail from. Japons have been heavily involved in rebuilding programs of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, through various activities such as visiting Ishinomaki and Sendai, and reading haikus for the people of Ishinomaki in a spirit of goodwill between Japan and Spain.
Since 2016, Coro Dabar has been working closely with the Spanish-Japanese Hasekura Association in Coria del Río, promoting ties between two cultures that have been so distant and so united for more than 400 years thanks to their ancestors.
The Circle Wind Concert was originally started to commemorate those who lost their lives during 9.11 tragedy, and since 2011 it was added the commemoration of 3.11 victims as well as the support to rebuilding effort from the devastation. It is a milestone of the 10th anniversary this year, and the concert enters into a new era to those who still suffer from the unforgettable disasters both in the U.S. and Japan.