University is eating my time, ok let's be fair, I'm just too lazy to write something decent…
but, nevertheless, I'm never to lazy to attend concerts and stageplays – and since I'm discovered something new I would like to introduce it:
They were touring in Germany, also in Berlin. Last week I attended a performance of their play-in-progress BONSAI. A friend of mine, Hoshiko Yamane, played with them and send my an invitation.
Mi-Kuni is normally Japan-based, in Tokyo I think, so if you are there and get the chance – grab it!
Not only the music, with Hoshiko (violin), Kohki (guitare, shamisen, vocal; I will talk about him later), Jujiro Maegawa (drums, vocal) and Masaya Hijikata (drums, vocal) left me speechless and enchated – the acting and dancing of Nina Maeda and Hironori Sugata send shivers down my spine…
There are pictures from the performances on their fb-page
I found some videos, mainly from performances I haven't seen:
together with a Japanese fluitist Koto also in Berlin last december
this are captures from their work in progress BONSAI – really different from the version I've seen, but breathtakingly great and strong as well (the "Pika-Don" is the name people from Hiroshima and Nagasaki gave the bomb before they knew what it was)
the last one is a song I've seen in two different versions on stage: HUTATABI
Last night I went to a concert of Kohki. This guy has an amazing voice. Clear and strong, filled with warmth, irony or anger – just as the song wants it to be. By the way, he's writing all his songs (there was one, which remembered me of a childhood-song or a lullyby – without even sounding like on at all, it has a great riff not lullabyly at all, I'm a bit confused why it's doing this… whatever, he told us last night, this is a song he wrote in 5th (!) grade, as a elemantary student… tsk, some people are just too gifted to be true – I am honestly amazed). Jujiro Maegawa and Nina Maeda from Mi-Kuni guested as well.
so have some photos from this performance:
Kohki playing Shamisen
Jujiro Maegawa, Kohki and Nina
Nina Maeda und Kohki (and bf's beer)
again – an inspirational overflow I hardly will be able to canalize into something I would be satisfied with
I’m looking forward to learn and see even more in the future