Just in case you’re still feeling too guilty to go out and have fun, here’s something I read today…
…one of the difficult but absolutely crucial tasks now is to go back to life’s diversity, rather than shying away from it. We need a healthy entertainment industry. The restaurant sector has to flourish. Books need to be sold and read, hotels rooms have to be filled with laughter. While investing a substantial amount of our time and energy on the rescue and relief efforts, we somehow need to keep life’s diversity. Apart from thinking about this earthquake and pondering the future of nuclear energy, we need to sing a song of the various joys of living.
From Ken Mogi’s Qualia Journal
And with that in mind here’s some news of a music event this Friday (March 25th). Our friend Okuda Satoko writes:
These days we are in a really anxious situation and we will all react to that in different ways. Why I’m writing is simply to invite you to a show, but if you are free to pass the time somewhere that night, then I’m really hoping you can come along. Next Friday evening (25th) we will have a DJ and live music event at Collage. As Viva Sherry is currently on hiatus, for almost a year now I’ve been playing hard with Aya Oto World and I will be performing with them that night… The show starts at 9.00 pm and Aya Oto World come on at 11.00 but we’ll be there all night until around 5.00 am so if you can make an appearance I’ll be really happy.
All we have is our work and our music so naturally we continue to do that now. At any rate, all we can do is put our whole heart and soul into it, right? On the 25th we are going to put everything into our performance at this great venue. If you happen to be out for a drink then do remember us and come along! Let’s all continue to do our best again today!
BANDS: STEPAK-TAKRAW, AYA OTO WORLD, つれづれ
DJS: TAKANORI HIRANO (BOOTSY’S RECORDS), masaki tamura (DoitJAZZ), DOY AYERS (FUNK78)
DATE & TIME: Friday March 25th 21:00 ~ around 5:00 a.m.
LOCATION: COLLAGE (see below for directions)
And what kind of music would that be, pray tell? This from the Collage website:
One night of dazzling magic from a gathering of musical nomads! Afro-delic Osakan rockers STEPAK-TAKRAW, the nostalgic rock band AYA OTO WORLD, and the trance dance music group つれづれ. These three Kansai bands play with fresh vision, rare musicianship and a transformative mixture of sensations in performances that overflow with originality. Added to this our 3 master DJs will be interweaving their characteristic first rate jazz/funk grooves. In this richly imaginative space the competing performances of bands and djs – sometimes cosmic, sometimes down-to-earth – produce beautiful chemical reactions! Enjoying to our heart’s content this essential natural flow between us – let’s all make a delicious stew!
Well, that’s a bit over the top, but I enjoyed translating it. I’m going anyway because I know Satoko is a fantastic singer… Maybe see you there?
I always find this area to the west of Kiyamachi confusing, but I think you can find it if you go north from Shijo on Kiyamachi, take the second turning on your left, then take the second turning on your right you should find it on the east side of the street on the second floor. Here’s a map.