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by e_rioblanco

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a0072144_7433894.jpgLes Freres (photo left) is a Japanese piano duo (they are brothers) who plays sort of boogie-woogie music. I saw a photo of their album one of my best friends' blog ( who lives in Taiwan) the other day, read how she liked their music, and got curious enough to go into their website (http://www.oricondd.com/package/index.php?itemcd=89016103&samecd=1), and listened to their piano. I haven't listened to this sort of music for a while and it wasn't something I was expecting to hear (although I don't know what exactly I was expecting). I liked the second song called "Ooh See Boogie" the best of all, which is also my friend's favourite as well, though I also liked "Oh y va!" and "Rooster Head Boogie".
台湾に住む友達のブログで紹介されていたこのピアニスト兄弟、ル・フレール(写真左)。ネットで視聴してみました(http://www.oricondd.com/package/index.php?itemcd=89016103&samecd=1)。最近こういう感じの曲ぜんぜん聞いてなかったし、ピアノが楽しいのがなんかいい感じ。一番好きなのは、2曲目の「Ooh See Boogie」。これは、その友達も同じ。あと、6曲目の「On y va!」と10曲目の「Rooster Head Boogie」もいい。

The review on the web describes their music as if the piano were hopping and dancing, and it is absolutely right. Their piano is so joyful that you swing your body without even realising when you are listening to it. I'd say their music is like my mood-uplifting remedy when I feel low studying at home for a whole day long! I'm definitely going to buy their CD when I go back to Japan next month! xxx
ネットの紹介文にあるように、本当にピアノが踊りだしそうな曲ばかり。家にこもって、PCの前に座ってネットサーチと勉強して、ひきこもり風な気分になってきたときに聞いたら、気分がちょっとアップしたような気持ちになる、そんな音楽。クラッシックやボサノヴァもいいけど、たまにはこういうのも気分が変わっていいなと思いました。 xxx
by e_rioblanco | 2006-09-12 15:40 | music

Music 音楽


最近聞いていいなぁと思ったのは、パリの小さなバーの地下で聞いたアルゼンチン風ジャズ。タンゴとジャズがミックスされた感じの音楽で、圧倒されました。ヴォーカルの女性の声に聞きほれました。少し高いなぁと思って、あの時CDを買わなかったことをとても後悔しています、、、。もうバンドの名前も思い出せないから。ずっと買いたいと思って探しているもう一つのCDは、アフリカのモーリシャスのそばにあるリユニオンという名前の小さな島(首都Saint-Denis)出身のDanyel Waroという人のBwarouzというアルバム(http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/artistes/danyel_waro/index.en.html)。Liverpoolのどの音楽ショップにいっても売ってない。オーダーしないとだめかなぁ。

家で最近よく聴いているのが、友達が作ってくれたCD。一つは、パリに住むお友達が作ってくれたもの(写真上)。彼女の家で聞かせてもらった、レゲエヴァージョンのLovin' Youからスタートしてフランス人の曲にうつって最後はラテンで終わるCDもう一枚は、カテリーナの音楽好きなお友達のサイモンが作ってくれたCD(写真下)。a0072144_19543850.jpg

今は、カセットテープを聞けるプレーヤーがないのでずっと聴いていませんが、日本で働いていたころ、イギリス人の友達が作ってくれた「クリームチーズとおむすび」というタイトルのケイティセレクションも好きで、イギリスに戻ってきてすぐの頃よく聴いていました。何度聴いても、どうして、このセレクションのタイトルが「チーズケーキとおむすび」なのかがわからない。本人に聞いたところ「作っているときに食べてたから。」だそう(笑)。 xxx

I can maybe live without music, but it doesn't mean that I don't like music. Totally opposite. I like music, and I'm sure life is definitely brighter and livelier when there is music, but I'm not a kind of person who's really into music, or who knows a lot about it, or who can happily spends hours in music stores or spends on searching and downloading music on internet. It's great when friends let me know about new songs or recommend me songs they liked, as I tend to listen to the same music from the same repertoires all the time. I love it even more when they make a cd for me :) I'm not really fussy about genres of music, although I'm very picky about food. I think I listen to most genres of music, except heavy-metal rock, hard rock, and techno music. I love jazz, bossa nova, most of Latin music and African music, and just recently I started to like funck music too. I like Classics too, especially piano works and Opera.

I had a chance to listen to an Argentinian Jazz, which was something like a mixture of Tango and Jazz, in Pairs. A singer in the banc was a female singer, and very impressive her voice was!! So powerful but calming, and somehow velvety but sexy. I was hypnotised by the whole ambiance. I didn't buy her CD. I thought 15 euro was a bit too much at the time, but I should have got it, as I even can't remember the band's name. There is another CD I've been looking for a couple of months now. An album called Bwarouz (http://www.afromix.org/html/musique/artistes/danyel_waro/index.en.html) by Danyel Warro (who is from a small island called Reunion Island near Mauritious). None of the music stores in Liverpool has his CDs....

At home, I've been listening to two CDs my friends made for me. The photo below (very top) is the one a friend of mine who lives in Paris made for me, when I visited her flat. Starts with Lovin' You (Reggai version), moves to French chanson type songs and a few Latin music. I got the other one (photo: the second from the top) from a friend of Cathriona who loves music. I really like the music he chose; kind of classic jazzy type songs, but what I was impressed the most was a CD case he made (the third photo)! I think he got it as a post card or something, cut it into a cd size and turned into a cd case!! Very sweet.

I haven't got a device to listen to a cassette tape here, but I still have one of the tapes in my flat, which a friend of mine whom I met in Osaka made. When I came back to Liverpool in 2002, I had an audio player and used to listen to this tape, which she named "Cream Cheese and Omisubi" (I think she meant Omusubi, not Omisubi ). I still don't know why she named it "Cream Cheese and Omusubi", which is totally a mad combination to eat together!! "For your information, it's because I was eating them while I was recording this tape for you", she said. xxx
by e_rioblanco | 2006-08-22 20:07 | music

Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival at Southport (www.southportjazz.com). One of my best friends who sings a jazz in Japan was planning to come to Liverpool only to see this festival, but she ended up paying all her money to come here for having had her car repaired instead (she hit the car and the side of the car was scraped badly). A shame she couldn't come. But my Italian friend from Wales texted me if we could do something together over that weekend. She likes jazz, so I told her to come up to Liverpool, and we went to Southport Jazz Festival together.

We started from a band called Jaso Fula. Hmmm, it wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. I liked voice of two vocals, and also like the piano playing, but there wasn't anything extraordinary.

Then, we went to Darcy's Tearooms to listen to Jaso Fula (see the photo). It was an old style English tea room we liked very much. There were some interesting pieces in the shop such as Tea Bricks (antique from 18th/19th century) and an antique bell (the one you see at a reception desk of a hotel in an old film). Just Jools played the piano singing popular cover songs in jazz. People in the shop have tea or lunch while he was playing. I had afternoon tea, because I couldn't resist it when I saw this homemade ham sandwich ion a menu :) I didn't like the tea very much, as it was a bit too smokey for me. Anyway, he didn't maybe have the greatest voice, but I liked his performance; as if his character was all put into his performance which is getting into people's heart.

Next, we headed to watch JazzCoTech Dancers. The bar was already packed when we arrived. Surprised to see two young Japanese female dancers there! The dancers were very good, the dance was and the crowd loved it, although I didn't like some of the part (kind of over acting bit) .

We then had some time to kill before the next band's play, so we went to look at a photo exhibition by a jazz photographer William Ellis. There were some photos of very famous jazz players like Miles Davies. I liked a feeling of some sort of tension in his photographs. You could feel it. He says, "Whatever the gig from the smallest club to the concert hall I always have a feeling of exhilaration as the playing begins and a unique performance unfolds. The images are an expression of that feeling. Over the years I've photographed many leaders of jazz, all the way from Miles and Dizzy to here and now in The Americas, Europe and Africa. I believe that music and a smaile is the language of the World."

Our final stop was Southport Art Centre where Cluskey Hopkins Guinness Jazz Band, from Cork in Ireland, was playing (see the photo below). Real swinging jazz, very lively and dynamic! I loved it, especially Trumpet and Saxes!! I've fallen in love with them ;) I even videotaped (with my mobile) their play (Trumpet and Saxes, of course)! The sound of trumpet and saxes is lively and energetic, but somehow very melancholic too.

I definitely had a brilliant day at Southport Jazz Festival, and would love to go again next year, but there's no way I can, because of a deadline of my thesis, which should be next summer.....! xxx


まず、スタートは、Jaso Fulaというけっこう若い5人組のグループ。悪くはなかったけど、すごいいいって感じでもなかった気がします。ヴォーカルの二人の声はとてもよかったし、ピアノの人もよかった。でも、なんかびびっとくるものがなかった。

次に、Just Joolsという人の演奏をDarcy's Tearoomsで聴いた(写真一番上)。このティールームがとってもかわいくて、アンティークのベルがレジ台においてあったりして(写真下)昔のイギリスのティールームを思い出させる雰囲気。お店のディスプレイにあった、アンティークのTea Brickがとても印象的でした。写真がガラスケースに反射して撮れなかったのが残念。とても貴重なアンティークでした。Just Joolsは、ティールームにある小さなピアノを弾きながら、いろんなジャンルからの曲をジャズで歌い、それを聴きながら、紅茶を飲んだり、ランチを食べたり。わたしはせっかくなので、アフタヌーンティーを頼みました。というのも、ホームメイドのハムがはいったサンドイッチがどうしても食べたかったから(笑)。紅茶は、わたしにはすこしスモーキーな感じがしてだめだったかも。歌が特別上手とは感じなかったけど、彼(Joolsさん?)の人柄がうかがえるような演奏がとても心地よかったです。ティールームのマスターもイギリスではまれにみるくらい愛想がよくて親切でした。

友達もわたしも気分よくくつろいだ後、JazzCoTech Dancersのクラブ・ファンク・ジャズダンスを見に行くことに。着いたときには人でいっぱいで中まではいれず、外のガラスから見ることに。驚いたのは、メンバー4人のうちの二人が日本人の女の子だったこと。ちょっとコミカルにおどけてお芝居しながら踊るような感じの部分が、わたしはどうも好きになれなかったけど、四人ともとても上手で、観客からは大人気でした。

このあと、聴きたかったバンドの演奏時間が変更になり、次の演奏までの間、ジャズ・フォトグラファーWilliam Ellisの写真展を見に行くことに。有名なジャズ演奏家の写真なんかもたくさんありました。写真から伝わる緊張感がとても心地よかった。彼のメッセージ:「小さなクラブから大きなコンサートホールまでどんなところでも演奏が始まるといつもとても高揚して、その高揚感を写真で表現しています。世界のいろんなところで、Milesのような有名な演奏家の写真を撮り続けてきてるけど、言えるのは、音楽と笑顔は世界の共通の言語ということです。」

最後に、めちゃくちゃジャズっぽいのが聴きたいと思い、アイルランドはコーク出身のCluskey Hopkins Guinness Jazz Bandの演奏するアートセンターへ(写真上)。めちゃくちゃよかった。ヴォーカルもいいけど、なにより、サックス・クラリネット・トランペット・トロンボーンの3人がよかった。ウクレレ(?バンジョーだったのかなぁ)もよかったけど、やっぱり、サックスとトランペットがよかった、惚れた(笑)。快活でダイナミックで、でも、哀愁があって。思わず、何曲かビデオ撮ってしまいました(もちろん、携帯で)。電車の時間に間に合わないので、最後まで聞けなかったのは残念だったけど、と~っても大満足なジャズフェスでした。また、来年も行きたいけど、その頃は論文の締め切りで泣いてるだろうから無理だろうなぁ(苦笑)。 xxx

by e_rioblanco | 2006-08-16 02:08 | music


I went to Nini's gig on Wednesday (the 21st June) with friends. She used to play in a band, she said, but now she's on her own. She and Cay played in a small church called, St Bride's Church, in Catherine Street, which was build in 1830. It doesn't look like an traditional church at all. It's easily missed from the street. But it looks more like a mini Greek temple. The inside is very simple, but a pipe organ in this church is a very unique one. It really is a beautiful organ. It looks as if it's made of some kind of red clay and has painted patterns on. It's a shame I cannot show you a photo of the organ (I don't know why, but I'm having a difficulty getting photos up. It seems it's something to do with my Firewall settings).
I liked all of her songs, which are her original. I don't know what kind of music genres her music is, but she sings with an acoustic guiter and Cay harmonises with her sometimes with a flute. In all her songs, there is something sad and melancholic in music but at the same time something happy too. I liked the last song she sung (I forgot the name...) and another song called 'AIRPORT' the best. 'Airport' was a sad song but I liked the lyrics. It was raining before the gig and we were feeling a bit down, but we all felt so refreshed and relaxed when we left the church after the gig. It was a very pleasant experience to listen to friends's singing in a place like a church.
by e_rioblanco | 2006-06-25 07:22 | music

Africa Oye

I went to Africa Oye (http://www.africaoye.com/) in Sefton Park, which is is one of the biggest African music festival in Liverpool (and maybe in the UK as well) on Saturday the 17th Jun. I met up with Cath first and joined the others later. Perfect day for the festival. Really a beautiful weather (but very hot). Loads of people were already there, on picnic; some were just lying on grass, some were dancing. The atompsophere was great; very friendly, people with mixed race, good music, and stalls for African and Carribian food, artcrafts, books and CDs.
The bands who played on the 17th were Cabruera from N.E. Brazil, Eyuphuro from Mozambique, Nuru Kane from Senegal, Bonga from Angola and Luciano from Jamaica. I really liked Bonga (He fled to Paris and to Lisbon from Angola because of the liberation. His music was like semba). Sounded like Brazilian music. (The Africa Channel will tape the festival for later broadcast (http://www.theafricachannel.com)).
Good music and sun in the beautiful park, what we needed was beer, but there were no stalls selling alcohol.... There was Marge, our saviour arrived with chilled beer!! You're ace, Marge. xxx
  17日(土)、セフトンパークで毎年恒例になっているLiverpoolで(たぶんイギリスでもかな?)一番大きいといわれてるアフリカ音楽フェスティバル、Africa Oye (http://www.africaoye.com/)に、友達のCちゃんと行ってきました。音楽フェスティバルをするのに最高にお天気が良く(めちゃくちゃ暑かったけど)、大勢の人が芝生に寝転がってたり、ピクニックしてたり、踊ってたり♪。いろんな人種の人たちがいて、みんなとってもフレンドリーで、アフリカ料理の屋台とかアフリカグッズ・本・CDとか売ってるしで、とてもいい感じ♪。一番気に入った音楽は、Angola出身のBongaという人(アンゴラの解放運動に参加したため、最初はパリへ、そしてリスボンへ亡命。彼の音楽はサンバのリズムで有名)。公園でいいお天気でアフリカン音楽ときたら、やっぱり、ビールでしょ、ということで屋台を探し歩いたけど、お酒が売っていなくて、がっかり、、、。でも、後で参加したMちゃんが、冷たいビールをもって登場!!ありがとう~Mちゃん、あなたはえらい♪ xxx
by e_rioblanco | 2006-06-18 09:27 | music