Well the Rambles conitinue with my final run of shows in the Kansai Area. As mentioned in my previous blog I had been sleeping in one of the Kobe livehouses and I have developed a routine of playing a show, Sleeping in the venue and then heading to the nearest Intenet cafe to shower. (Yes they have showers in these things, That kinda indicates how some people pretty much live in these places). Usually the next thing I`d have to do would be to try and work out a way to get to my next show. This would often involve various net serches and when making the trip many almost sharades-esque physical gestures to try and communicate my dilemma. Plus with all my effect padals I`d be missioning hard to get myself and my equipment from a to b. However: On this given day my good friend Wax offered to hire a car and drive me to Osaka where my next show was due to take place. And thank fate he did as the place was really tough to find. Even for Wax (who is Japanese).
The show was with a wonderful Duo called `NolenNiu-de-Ossi`. I shared a stage with them at the Kansai Music Conference where they played on my tune `You Know the Score` and I played on their tune `The Funeral of the Fox and the Racoon Dog`. Their music is really diverse and they play traditional Japanese instruments and sing songs about Stories of Japanese folklore. They are great players great people and have toured Japan America and will come to the UK next year.
Here`s their website: http://www.de-ossi.com/
The show ended ok but at one point I felt cursed as two leads were stopping working, A power supply stopped powering and I broke a string. However I kept my head up and with a bit of help and a warm local crowd I came through unscathed.
The following night I had a real treat. As mentioned in a earlier Japan tour blog. I was able to share a billing with `Haco` who I am a geeky fan of. We seemed to get on well and when I quipped that it`d be great to share a stage with her one day I was surprised to hear that she was up for the idea. So my final Kansai show became a duo show with `Haco`. The show was predominantly improvisation but we did play a version of one of `Haco`s compositions `Less than Lovers, More Than Friends` as a part of the half hour set. This night was a true honour and a joy and I have felt a great connection with `Haco as an artist for along time. However I now feel I can also say I feel the connection with her as a friend.