buttonTakeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier
@ Shibuya Parco Theater (4th Jul. '07)

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 昨年のサウスバイ・サウスウエストで、初めて体験することになったのが浪曲師、国本武春のステージだった。初っぱなはオースティンでのブルーグラス。その時の模様はここに残しているんだが、下手をすると色物にも思われがちな三味線とブルーグラスの組み合わせが、そんな偏見を遙かに越えてとてつもなく微妙な音色を生み出しているのに驚かされる。そのあたりは、このレポートの後編で記すことになるのだが、さらに驚かされたのはオースティンを離れてからの、国本武春のステージだった。

 浪曲といえば... といっても、ほとんど知識はないんだが、物語を語り、歌って楽しませるという意味で、要はどうしても言葉だと思わざるを得ない。ということは、全く日本語を理解しない場所での演奏ともなれば、まるで意味を為さないのではないかという危惧があった。

 ところが、実を言えば、この時のツアーでも最も客に受けたのが国本武春だった。なにせ、三味線でブルースもやれば、ボトルネックも飛び出してくるし、ロックンロールだって楽しませてくれるのだ。それを色物と捕らえたければそれでもいいだろう。が、彼が最も大きな興奮で受け入れられるのは、そういった演奏ではなく最後に、さわりを披露するという形で演じられた浪曲の「忠臣蔵」だったというのが面白い。数人のキャラクターをひとりで演じながら、筋を語り、メロディを奏でる。その演技で爆笑を誘い、客を一気に引き込んでしまうのだ。言葉がわからない? もちろん、そうだろう。が、言葉の裏にある「意味」はとも簡単に客にしみこんでいる。それを見事に証明したのが、そして、特に圧巻だったのはニューヨークでの公演。このショーの後にもライヴがあるというので、アンコールなんぞできるわけがないのに、それを求めたのはこの店で働いていた店員たちだった。この時思ったものだ。国本武春は希代のエンターテイナーだ。しかも、名うてのミュージシャンでもある。

 今回の前半は国本武春のセットで、日本浪曲史を5日間にわたって徐々に伝えてくれるんだそうな。そのなかには、筆者が唯一知っている浪曲師、広沢虎造の話も登場するんだそうな。見たいねぇ。そして、そのシリーズ化している日本浪曲史終わりに、曲師、沢村豊子さんを伴ってさわりのような形で浪曲を演じてくれる。こうやって、生で浪曲を見ると、とてつもないインプロヴァイゼーションの醍醐味を感じてしまうと言えば大げさか? 三味線の音色に合いの手... この絶妙のバランスによって出来上がる「浪曲グルーヴ」が新鮮で、惚れ惚れとしてしまった。





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"武春"(国内盤)
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button2007

buttonMorio Agata (27th Oct. @ Tokyo Kinema Club)
buttonVery Be Careful (8th Oct. @ Shinjuku Marz)
buttonOzomatli (8th Oct. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonVery Be Careful (3rd Oct. @ Shibuya The Geme)
buttonSun Set Live 2007 feat. Special Others, Leyona, Theatre Brook, The Eskargot Miles, Rico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men, Little Tempo, & Bloodest Saxophone・akiko (31st Aug. to 2nd Sept. @ Keya Beach, Fukuoka)
buttonSoul Flower Mononoke Summit & Kotobuki (12th Aug. @ Kotobuki-Cho Free Concert)
buttonSign Sonic! '07 feat. Free Birds, Bright Eyes, Freedom, B.M.D. (Band Music of The Deaf), 2-Time, Rimi, N-Style & Signmark (7th Jul. @ Hatsudai The Doors)
buttonTakeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier (4th Jul. @ Shibuya Parco Theater)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2007 feat. Keith Allen, ,Tinariwen, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, John Fogerty & Damien RIce (22nd to 24th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton)
buttonAmors Garrett (4th Jun @ Nakameguro Rakuya)
buttonAmors Garrett (27th May @ Osaka 5th Street)
buttonMarisa Monte (26th May @ Zepp Nagoya)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (13th May @ Ueno Suijo Ongaku-Do)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (10th May @ Boom Boom Bash, Shizuoka)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men & Toshimi Watanabe (9th May @ Shibuya Eggman)
buttonFermin Muguruza and Afro Basque Fire Brigade (29th Apr. @ Vina Rock Festival, Benicassim)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat DDR, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. RIng DIng, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (28th Apr. @ Villagio Globale, Rome)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat DDR, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. RIng DIng, Boikot, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (27th Apr. @ Estragon, Bologna)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat DDR, Boikot, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. RIng DIng, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (26th Apr. @ Auditorium Flog, Firenze)
buttonStreet Beat Festival 2007 feat Cicso, DDR, Soul Food International's Rocksteady Revue feat. Dr. Ring Ding, Boikot, You Waki & Banda Bassotti (25th Apr. @ 25th Apr. @ Muse Cervi, Reggio Emilia)
buttonBanda Bassotti (21st Apr. @ Maria, Berlin)
buttonTony Joe White (16th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonWhat's Love? (10th Apr. @ Shimokitazawa 251)
buttonJoss Stone (9th Apr. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonBaba Zula & Double Famous (4th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonThe Slakcers (27th Mar. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonBerri Txarrak (25th Mar. @ Roppongi Rock Factory)
buttonHappy Dispatch (25th Mar. @ Aoyama Tsuki Miru Kimi Omou)
buttonLakatos Ensemble : 目を閉じれば世界が見える (22nd Mar. @ Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall)
buttonThe Slakcers with Oi-Skallmates (21st Mar. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonVic Ruggiero with Toshimi Watanabe (20th Mar. @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival + Conference feat. Lily Allen, A.J. Croce, owkmj (ore wa konna mon janai), Alina Simone, Bobby Witlock with Coco Carmel, Cho Sister Brothers : Pianica & Magic Orchestra, Go!Go!7188, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals , Casa De Chihuahua, John Hammond, Rickie Lee Jones, Ozomatli , Buzzcocks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Andrew Winton, YB(13th to 18th Mar. @ Austin, Texas)
buttonPeace Music Festa! Henoko2007 : photo document : pre opening day / the 1st day feat. Jicchaku Orchestra / Cyclub / Yoko Utsumi / Trinity Club Band / Akiko Noma (Go!Go!7188), CocotaboYoul & Amina, Shaolong To The Sky, kotobuki, Masao Taruya + Koji Nakamoto, Donal Lunny + Kazutoki Umezu + Hiromi Kondo, Duty Free Shopp., Soul Flower Mononoke Summit & Misako Oshiro / photo document : the 2nd day feat. Hana Band, Yambaru Reggae Brothers, King Jam Session,KZ [G.A.C], Kakumakushaka, Papa U-Gee with Zion High Playaz, Yukihito Ara, Kachimba 1551, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, Soul Flower Union, Ryukyu Lion, Nanjaman & U-Dou & Platy / over all view(23rd to 25th Feb. @ Henoko Beach, Okinawa)
buttonBloodest Saxophone (17th Feb. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonDonavon Frankenreiter with Timmy Curran (6th Feb. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonSt. Vicious Day feat. Stance PunksThe Star ClubTokyo Shock BoysMichiro EndoSorrow (2nd Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonCalexico with Overground Acoustic Underground & Sly Mongoose (22nd Jan. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonKotobuki : 寿は幸せを呼ぶ (20th Jan. @ Shin Okubo R7S Art Court)
buttonLily Allen (12th Jan. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)

button2006

buttonTheatre Brook (23rd Dec. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonWaht's Love? (23rd Dec. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonCeltic Xmas feat. Paul Brady, Lunasa, Tim O'Brien & Dirk Powell with Cara Butler & Jon Pilatzke & session of all(9th Dec. @ Sumida Triphony Hall)
buttonTokyo Crossover Jazz Festival 2006 with overall photo document feat. Shuya Okino / Sleep Walker / Koop / Kyoto Jazz Massive / Jam Session (8th Dec. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonGoro Nakagawa (4th Dec. @ Shimokitazawa La Cana)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (18th Nov. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (17th Nov. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonHappy & Artie Traum (2nd Nov. @ Yokohama Thumb's Up)
buttonBleach (1st Nov. @ Sangenchaya Heaven's Door)
buttonUri Nakayama (10th Oct. @ Yoyogi Zher the Zoo)
buttonClammbon, Ron Sezsmith, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Chris Pierce, Cool Wise Men, Zion Train, Brinsley Forde (7th to 8th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonMichael Franti & Spearhead (5th Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonFaiz Ali Faiz, Kayhan Kalhor, DuOud with Abdulatif Yagoub, Gnawa Diffusion & Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe (2nd to 4th Oct. @ Tokyu Bunkamura Theater Cocoon)
buttonSsamZie Sound Festival feat. moonlight a fairy a hard desperate full base home run / Cool Age / Golden Pops / Cockrasher / Cocore / The Emeralds / Starbow / Prana / Loro's / Vanilla Unity, photo document & Transfixion, Biuret, Nicotine, Fortune Cookie, Sugardonut, Lee Sang Eun (Lee-tzsche), Lee Ji Hyung, YB (Yoon Do Hyun Band), No Brain, Ellegarden, PIA, Hajji and TJ with Sim Soo Bong, Schizo+Hyun Jin Young, Morning of all + Kim Jang Hoon (30th Sept. @ Olympic Park, Seoul)
buttonAsylum Street Spankers with Uri Nakayama (17th Sept. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonFumio Ito and Gen Ueda, Magnolia, Keison, Caravan, Pocaskajan, Eye Don't Nose, Hige, Moon Riders, Ban Ban Bazar, The Blues Power with Monsieur Kamayatu, Kodama & The Dub Station Band, Marcos Suzano, Takashi Numazawa with Haruka Sakota, Leyona, Taiji All Stars, Kemuri (18th to 19th Aug. @ Rising Sun Rock Festival)
buttonSleep Walker (11th Aug. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonSoul Flowwer Mononoke Summit with Kotobuki (15th Jul. @ Tokyo Kinema Club)
buttonSleep Walker (23rd Jun. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonSoul Flower Union (11th Jun. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Nagoya Diamond Hall)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (7th Jun. @ Namba Hatch)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (6th Jun. @ Hiroshima Club Quattro)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (5th Jun. @ Fukuoka Drum Logos)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (3rd Jun. @ Zepp Tokyo)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (2nd Jun. @ Yokohama Blitz)
buttonAllen Toussaint (1st Jun. @ Harajuku Blue Jay Way)
buttonMishka (27th May. @ Yokohama Osanbashi Hall)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (6th May. @ Nagoya Up Set)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (5th May. @ Esaka Muse Hall)
buttonDown Beat Ruler feat. Bagdad Cafe The Trench Town & The Ska Flames with Rico Rodriguez (3rd May. @ Ebis Garden Hall)
buttonSka Cubano (2nd May. @ Roppongi Hills Arena)
buttonJanet Klein (24th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonBanda Bassotti (17th Apr. @ Parco Degli Acquedotti, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (8th Apr. @ Zapata, Genova)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Talco (7th Apr. @ C.S.A. Paciana, Bergamo)
buttonBanda Bassotti (4th Apr. @ Piazza Mercato, Marghera)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Brigada Flores Magon (1st Apr. @ Villagio Globale, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (29th Mar. @ Auditorium Flog, Firenze)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (23rd Mar. @ McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (22nd Mar. @ Yoshi's Bar, Oakland)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (20th Mar. @ Schubas Tavern, Chicago)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (18th Mar. @ Joe's Pub, N.Y.C.)

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