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Section Quartet plans benefit to replace instruments lost in tsunami

November 14, 2011 |  4:09 pm

The Section Quartet
, the L.A.-based group known for its string quartet arrangements of full albums by Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Tool and other rock acts, will host a benefit concert featuring many of the group’s musical collaborators Sunday at Largo at the Coronet to raise money to replace musical instruments lost in the Japanese tsunami earlier this year.

Sam Phillips, Van Dyke Parks, Linda Perry, Mike Watt, Lisa Germano and former Prince associates Wendy & Lisa are among the guests as the Section Quartet serves as house band for the evening. Matt Sharp, Jenny O., Grey DeLisle and others still to be announced also will participate. Comedian Margaret Cho and singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips will host. In addition, journalist Xeni Jardin will be on hand to discuss her findings from a recent visit to the affected areas for a report on PBS’ NewsHour.

Section leader Eric Gorfain has spearheaded the benefit because he has made regular visits to Japan to perform for more than two decades. “While human life was lost in incomprehensible numbers, lives are being put back together, and music plays a large role in mending the mind, as well as the body,” Gorfain said in a statement. “I wanted to help the children of the region get back to ‘normal’ life with their music studies as quickly as possible.”

He chose School Music Revival, a program started by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto to replace instrumnets damanged or destroyed during the tsunami, as beneficiary of Sunday’s concert. He plans to return to Japan a week after the concert and deliver 100% of the proceeds to the School Music Revival foundation. Tickets are $40. More information: (310) 855-0350.


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Photo of the Section Quartet, from left, Daphne Chen, Eric Gorfain, Lauren Chipman and Richard Dodd. Credit: Ana Monroe.