Finally managed to finish 'NO FACE' video. It was filmed back in January in Japan with my best friends from Japanese archery club in high school- Yukiko Fujihara and Yoshiko Ota. Also old friend who used to live in Bristol, Tomoko Takahashi and her new German husband Philipp Gieseler. And my dear sister Kayo Shigihara. Each group filmed in different occasions. Yukiko, Yoshiko and I went for a dinner and then got drunk, then they filmed me running in the train station. (I was tipsy, i wish i run bit faster ) ... I met Tomoko's husband Philippe for the first time in Japan since they live in Berlin and they just got married last year. We went to Chinese tea shop and had really nice tea with complicated tea making process, then went for filming in night life area in Kobe- lovely image of bars and city. Kayo filmed me after her work coming back from Osaka, we were walking towards the mountain in my home town, she filmed me on the top of the slide with moon, I really like the shot :)
In Wales, It was filmed by Conrad back in February... It was such a great mission. It had been raining a lot so waterfall was massive. What a special place. I was dancing with my bear foot in ice cold water, It was so refreshing :) Sound of waterfall was so loud. I love being in nature so much...
Finally managed to put poster together and printed! These are mixture of me, Graeme and Conrad's drawing and pictures. Thanks Lewis to put some lovely effects! I have putted these posters up some places around Stokes croft today... hopefully more in few days :)
We had quite busy two weeks, the first gig of the year was supporting Japanese legend ICHI at The Old Market Assembly, He is so crazy, fun and inventive...made everyone happy. Big Jeff said he came to see ICHI cos he will cheer him up for sure. I agree. He makes most of his instrument himself, such a inspiring artist!
Thank you Sam Tucker ( Yuppies music ) and John Blakeley to add us on the bill :) after the show John showed us the Wardrobe Theatre in the back of the venue. It's great place which i didn't know about... ICHI is going to have his album launch at this theatre on 5th March!
Next day we played improvised set for Dadaist film for Dada night at the cube. We had guest artist Dalila (DSC) and Lorenzo (The Evil Usses) kindly joined us :) It was totally fun evening full of improvised music and performance. Thank you Jamie Lindsay to put us on this brilliant event. He asked us to support Son's of Kemet with my favourite Bristol band -The Evil Usses last year, we had amazing time dancing and jamming in the end of the night, The Cube has been such a great venue, I love this place.
My personal favourite was Stuart chalmers's crazy set with two walkmans with strange old cassette tapes , Iceman Furniss Quintet's amazing improve set for dadaist film also they also had great costume on, The Desperate Men's funny and absurd performance which made me cry by laughing, and intense melon performance of Tippex... I was surprised to hear who was the actors afterwords ( they had scary balaclava on ) . I will keep the secret here...
Weekend after, we supported Nick Jonah Davis and C Joynes at Cafe Kino on 12th Feb. Cafe kino is a lovely vegan cafe which i worked for years but i never played there, it was really great to come back and play. We were worried that might not be a lot of audience since 6 music fringe events were happening everywhere that night, but turned out many lovely people arrived. Matthew Cheney was being great host and cooked lovely vegan pasty, salad and brownie for us. Nick's set was a beautiful trip of india to imaginary places, colourful and light, and Chris's set was loud, with distorted guitar and had a edge with darker tone but also beautiful in a different way. I absolutely enjoyed both set. I bought their split LP and presently surprised that they are friend with my hero Richard Dawson and he designed the cover. It was a great night :)
Here is the video from the C Joynes set. so great! I am sorry this video need to turn around 90 degrees but i don't know how.
Next day, We supported Jessie morningstar's The Fantasy Orchestra. Conrad, Lewis and I joined last David Bowie night as a made up band, the band was led by Tim Robertson who plays trumpet and sing in the orchestra, we had lovely time rehearsing and playing at the gig, first time i played keytar also. It was really strong experience to see so many people playing on stage having real fun, there were horns, strings, keys, guitars, bass, drums, harp and Choir... I was overwhelmed by absorbing all the sounds, also felt like millions of smily faces constantly shooting out from them and hitting me. When they played 'Heroes' I nearly cried.....
So we were so excited to support them. They played my personal favourite tunes of friends songs- This is the kit's ' Earthquake' Rozi Plain's 'Best team' Rachael Dadd's 'Strike our Scythes'. Also I loved Andy Skellam's set too , well everyone's tune was really great. We dressed up first time and had really lovely time, Graeme danced brilliantly in the end. He played his solo 'Dubi Dolczek' after this show at the Old Market Assembly, it's a great band if you like to check them out :)
Here is a little clip taken by Kate Stables.... thanks Kate :)
And... here is the review by Tony Benjamin on Bristol 24/7, thank you for kind words Tony! :)
It was such a great gigs, Thank you for everyone involved with the gigs and people came to the show :) ... next one is 18th Feb LET SPIN // ICEMAN FURNISS QUINTET // YAMA WARASHI // CLOUDSHOES at The Old England!
We are looking forward to play at Cafe kino supporting Nick Jonah Davis and C Joynes on 12th Feb! I made a poster for it. It was the first time i used ink colour and was fun :)