UPDATE: I’m not sure how I managed to mess this up, but if you read this month’s Kyoto Visitor’s Guide you will find that though the order of events and the days are correct, the dates are reversed. Please note the corrected dates below!! And my apologies to all concerned for the confusion!
If you missed Yoshida Koichi’s performance at the “Voices for Umekoji” event last Friday, here’s your chance. Koichi will be playing with his wonderful band Yugao in two shows on the 5th and 6th of February.
Yugao (夕顔 or moonflower) are shakuhachi player Yoshida Koichi, jazz pianist Ikeda Ippei, classical cellist William Prunkl and also their regular guest Fujisawa Bayan on tabla. Together they play an extraordinarily eclectic blend of traditional Japanese honkyoku, jazz, classical, world and New Age music. Having seen them play I can say that it is remarkable how well these instruments complement each other. The sound that they make together is unique and unforgettable: at times haunting and sorrowful, and at others joyful and wild! Here are the details of their shows (please note the special reduced price for foreign guests!):
@Parker House Roll
Date: Saturday February 6th 5th
Time: Doors open 6:00pm / Show starts at 7:30
Tickets: 2,000 yen in advance / 2300 on the door / 1,700 for foreign customers (for reservations call 090-8531-5515 ~ Japanese only)
Location: Parker House Roll is on the east side of Karasuma Street north of Gojo, south of Matsubara and opposite a Family Mart convenience store. Here’s a map.
Date: Sunday February 5th 6th
Time & ticket prices as above.
Location: Zac Baran is a legendary cafe/bar/music spot on the north side of Marutamachi a short walk east of Higashioji Dori. Here’s a map.