we played a show at Ongaku No Jikan in Mitaka. the venue was pretty full, and apart from a brief equipment glitch we finished our set without any disasters. what a relief.
イタリアからジャパン ツアーをしにきたマッティア コレッティ氏の前に僕らはオープニングを務めた。共演者はどれも印象に残る、個性の強い方々。一緒に演れて良かった。
this show was part of the Japan tour of an Italian artist called Mattia Coletti. we opened for him. everyone who played with us on this bill was unique and impressive. it was a good show.
next was Mari Yamaguchi, a female acoustic singer-songwriter with a pretty, delicate voice. we had to hump our equipment back to the car right away, so unfortunately i only got to hear one of her songs properly. her site is here.
after that, Sasaguchi So'on Harmonica. male acoustic singer-songwriter (with harmonica). loose, humorous songs making heavy use of falsetto. his site is here.
next was Miki Abe. a male acoustic singer-songwriter, but in addition to singing he also beatboxed, chirped, squeaked, etc. his site is here.
next was Satomimagae. i've recently taken a serious interest in her music. she's still rather young, but she's got a highly developed artistic sense and style. it's not just a matter of being skillful (though she is) but of knowing what she wants to express and putting it into sound with unwavering good taste. her sound is complex but natural, containing (in my opinion) strong hints of sadness, but given quiet and composed expression. she sings, plays guitar, and has various prerecorded noises playing in the background, which she manipulates in real time. i strongly recommend her shows, and her CD, which i've been listening to frequently these days. her site is here.
last was Mattia Coletti. more of a sound collagist than a singer-songwriter, building songs with loops and effects on his acoustic guitar, then occasionally adding vocals. his site is here.