Music! and Movies! in the Month of August, 2016

17 09 2016

Hadn’t put my musical and movie events from August together yet due to writing about Iceland and Singapore.  Here I go first with music!

And the films.

And my favorite film of the month.





The View of and from Harpa

29 08 2016

This modern building on the waterfront of Reykjavik, Iceland, while now being one of the signature buildings and the cultural center of the city known as Harpa, has apparently been the subject of controversy while being built because of its massive size, the serious financial crisis, etc.

The concert hall and conference center

The concert hall and conference center

It was the meeting point for an eating tour I had joined.

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It provided a good view of the port from the inside that was quite special.

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Fringe Club!

23 04 2016

After dinner at the Ship Tavern, my friends, their daughter and myself went to check out the “Fringe Club!“, an a cappella performance event in Covent Garden.

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The featured performers of the evening were two non-professional a cappella vocal ensembles, one all-female, an older bunch and the other a college student group, both of which required audience participation that was, to my surprise, rather fun.





Music! in the Month of February, 2016

4 03 2016

Have been back a couple of days from my trip to Luang Prabang, Laos and there are lots more to write about that but for my record, taking a moment to review my music activities from last month.

noon at Motion Blue Yokohama

noon at Motion Blue Yokohama

David Bowie Is

David Bowie Is, a documentary film of the artist’s exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Victor Rock Festival 2016 @ Makuhari Messe

Hit the Road, a soul bar in Asakusa I happened to stumble upon

A. J. Croce @ Cotton Club

A. J. Croce @ Cotton Club

Adam at in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya

Adam at in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya

Schroeder-Headz in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku

Schroeder-Headz in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! at Tokyo Dome Hall

Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! at the Tokyo Dome Hall

Around the World in 50 Concerts, a documentary about the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Around the World in 50 Concerts, a documentary about the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Wrecking Crew, a documentary about a group of LA studio musicians that played on tons of hit records by some of the biggest names in music

Sarah Maeda at Motion Blue Yokohama

Here is the trailer for the David Bowie film which does not really do justice to the film which I thought was more interesting than the trailer seems to suggest.

 





Movies! in the Month of February, 2016!

26 02 2016

Last night was it for movies this month so here I go…

I wouldn’t say it was the best film of the month but it was certainly the scariest not just for the violence but also because I lived in Boston in the ’70s and to think that this was happening gave me chills.





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! in the Month of August, 2015

4 09 2015

A couple of major summer festivals plus the usual Blue Note/Billboard Live gigs.  And in-store events.  And a music movie.  All good.

Rock in Japan Festival 2015

Rock in Japan Festival 2015

Kaori Kobayashi @ Tower Records Shibuya

Kaori Kobayashi @ Tower Records Shibuya

Love & Mercy, a biographical film on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys

Love & Mercy, an excellent biopic on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys

Love & Mercy trailer.

And an all-night event “Sonicmania” held as a pre-event of “Summer Sonic 2015“.  I went the night I came back from Bulgaria to see Marilyn Manson and the Prodigy.

Then Gilbert O’Sullivan at Billboard Live Tokyo.

A press conference announcing the release of a new solo violin album by esteemed violinist Narimichi Kawabata on which he performed a violin sonata written for him by composer Takashi Niigaki, a former “ghostwriter” for infamous Mamoru Samuragochi, followed by a Kawabata – Niigaki duo performance.

Shakatak @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Shakatak @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Blue Note @ Blue Note Tokyo

Matt Bianco @ Blue Note Tokyo

Fire Horns @ Motion Blue Yokohama

Fire Horns @ Motion Blue Yokohama

The Man with Charlie Kosei in-store event @ Tower Records Shibuya

The Man with Charlie Kosei in-store event @ Tower Records Shibuya

The Man with Charlie Kosei @ Billboard Live Tokyo

The Man with Charlie Kosei @ Billboard Live Tokyo








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