For Posterity: Tour of Japan – Report – July, 2007
5 Jul 2007 12:00 Kaetsu Music Festival, Tokyo 9 Jul 2007 20:00 Kaetsu University Seminar, Tokyo Big thanks to Simon “Sensei” Clay at Kaetsu University for the invitation to perform at such a receptive University.
9 Jul 2007 21:00 Rock Factory, Tokyo (Roppongi) Performance time – Approx 15 minutes Music – “1314” & Improv Audience – 20+, very receptive. Local music moguls were thoroughly impressed. Jammed with Tokyo based Hip-hop artist, Dave Whitaker.
10 Jul 2007 19:00 The Pink Cow, Tokyo (Shibuya) – Workshop Performance time – Approx 50 minutes Music – “1314,” Improv, & “Decadence” Audience – Very receptive. I networked with some very enthusiastic Musicians from Tokyo and Fuji. Traded music and contact information etc.
10 Jul 2007 20:45 Cosmo’s, Tokyo (Shibuya) Performance time – Approx 60 minutes Music – “1314,” Improv, “Absolution,” “Music Box,” “The Sky Above,” & “Decadence” Audience – Mainly those who followed on from the previous workshop. An intimate atmosphere and a very receptive crowd.
10 Jul 2007 22:00 * Ruby Room, Tokyo (Shibuya) Performance time – Approx 15 minutes Music – “1314,” & Improv Audience – 50+, very receptive crowd and a very intimate setting. Perhaps the best performance of the tour.
11 Jul 2007 21:00 Ruby Room, Tokyo (Shibuya) Performance time – Approx 20 minutes Music – “Absolution,” “1314,” & Improv Audience – 30+, mainly Japanese & American. Networked with A&R at KR-International, CD Lunch, and other Tokyo based music representatives with ties at Sony BMG, Tokyo.
I fell asleep around 5am in a Punk bar, during which time Ross and Duncan covered me in ice cubes. Cheers lads. I believe my name is also written on the wall of the bar along with some other visiting Musicians. Ross had also written his name underneath in what would appear to be morse code. Thanks to the bar staff for playing old school Metallica all night. A nostalgic night was had.
12th Jul 2007 21:00 Cosmo’s, Tokyo (Shibuya) Performance time – Approx 30 minutes Music – “Absolution”, “1314,” & Improv feat. Dave Whitaker. Audience – 20+, intimate crowd, very receptive, & thoroughly enjoyable. I later got up to jam with three Jazz musicians, two of which were from Tokyo (Guitar & bass) and the other from London (Saxophone.) We jammed for about an hour or so. This gig was a great way to end a successful tour.
Thanks to Dave and Meg at KR-International for organising a great induction tour of Japan. I’m looking forward to working with you both and the label in 2008. Thanks to Ross (as always) for being himself and his amazing host family, Koido, for looking after us. Thanks to everyone who I met at Wakeijuku. Thanks to all those who I met up with while I was in Japan, especially Duncan, Dave Whitaker, Hide, Megumi, Claire, Nosomi (Mimi), Anna, Maria, Simon, and Toma and the lads. Mata ne.