Music! and Movies! in the Month of September, 2015

3 10 2015

My musical experiences from last month in Tokyo…

The 14th Tokyo Jazz Festival

The 14th Tokyo Jazz Festival over two days. Saw Bob James, Esperanza Spalding, Adam at, Lee Ritenour, Fourplay with Lee and Larry Carlton at Tokyo International Forum

Idemitsu Music Awards Gala Concert honoring this year's three recipients

Idemitsu Music Awards Gala Concert honoring this year’s three recipients at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

The Manhattan Transfer at Billboard Live Tokyo

The Manhattan Transfer at Billboard Live Tokyo

“Music Storm 2015”, an industry convention at EX Theater Roppongi

The first Japanese cast of Chess, a London musical from the '80s with music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA

The first Japanese cast of Chess, a London musical from the ’80s with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

And films during the same period.

This month’s surprise hits were St. Vincent and Who am I – Kein System is Sicher, the latter being a German film from which I was not expecting anything.  It had a clever storyline and was highly entertaining although the trailer may not fully convey that.





Music! and Movies! in the Month of May, 2015

1 06 2015

The first week of May I was still in Dublin, Ireland, on my Golden Week vacation, when my favorite group happened to be playing in town.

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Only two days into the month, May was already great…  The rest of the musical activities of the month below.

As for movies, there was no movie I didn’t like and it kept getting better with my favorite for the month, The Lives of Others, coming at the very end.





Music! and Movies! in the Month of April, 2015

28 04 2015

Music!!

Movies!!

I loved Chef and The Theory of Everything and Dior and I was very interesting but this Chinese film was the most memorable if mostly for excellence in Gong Li‘s acting.





Music in the Month of December

30 12 2012

Recapping my musical activities for the past month…

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Procol Harum @ Billboard Live Tokyo.

Was taken to a soul music bar in Ebisu.

Was taken to a soul music bar in Ebisu.

Yumi Matsutoya + Procol Harum @ Hitomi Memorial Hall

Yumi Matsutoya + Procol Harum “Back to the Beginning” Tour @ Hitomi Memorial Hall.

Kazuma Miura and Néstor Marconi @ Kioi Hall.

Kazuma Miura and Néstor Marconi @ Kioi Hall.

A Limited time bar "Bar Whiter Shade of Pale".

A Limited time bar “Bar Whiter Shade of Pale”.

The Heartbreaks @ Unit.

The Heartbreaks @ Unit.

Professor Sakamoto & Assistant Sakurai @ Tokyo Culture Culture.

Professor Sakamoto & Assistant Sakurai @ Tokyo Culture Culture.

Kazuma Miura in-store event @ Tower Records Shibuya.

Kazuma Miura in-store event @ Tower Records Shibuya.

Jazz the Rocks release party @ JZ Brat.

Jazz the Rocks release party @ JZ Brat.

Jin Oki in-store event @ Yamano Music Store Ginza.

Jin Oki in-store event @ Yamano Music Store Ginza.

The Stylistics @ Billboard Live Tokyo.

The Stylistics @ Billboard Live Tokyo.

Yoko Hasegawa @ Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall.

Yoko Hasegawa @ Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall.

The Persuasions @ the Cotton Club.

The Persuasions @ the Cotton Club.





Closing the Year with the Music of the Stylistics

20 12 2011

Every year when the Stylistics return to Tokyo, it hits you that it’s really Christmas and that the year is almost over.  It’s often my final musical event of the year.

Saw the group last night so I am taking this opportunity to go back a bit to the beginning of November to recap my music experiences in the last couple of months (a couple of which I already wrote about but mostly haven’t.)

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One of the signature Stylistics songs in Japan, performed somewhat slower these days.








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