On Ensemble arrives in Tokyo
After arriving at Narita with our gear, being denied sending equipment by takkyuubin (Japanese UPS, won’t take “instruments”), and subsequently being saved by Saburo-san’s wife, Yumiko-san, with a ride to our hotel, we’ve settled in here in Tokyo. Our first day was a whirlwind of wonderful things. Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten took us to their storage facility to pick the instruments we’ll be borrowing for the Kokuritsu Gekijyo performance. The facility is full of hundreds and hundreds of drum bodies in production, stacked on gargantuan moving shelves, plus an assortment of finished drums and stands. It’s a miraculous place and I feel so lucky to have seen it.
After picking our equipment, we loaded in at Kokuritsu Gekijyo, spiked the stage, and then rehearsed a bit on the third floor. We worked out an arrangement of Jack Bazaar including Chris and Daisuke of Amanojyaku and I’m really excited about it. They have a few Midare-esque solo bits, and then have worked out a wonderful take on the ending of the piece, with moments where their movements and rhythms interlock with ours. It’s going to be really fun!
So the trip is off to a great start. We’re headed to Miyamoto Studio to practice with Kenny this morning, and then big-group rehearsal at Kokuritsu this afternoon. Thank you to Yoshi, and Ai, and Kudo-san, and Watanuki-san, and Yumiko-san, and everyone here!