When on the Plane flying between Rome and Tokyo I was fortunate enough to be seated next to another musician. She goes by the name Cecilia Chailly and it a very well known and respected Harpist in Italy. Classically but also for taking the instrument forward into more modern music.
She was visiting Japan as a part of her touring and was performing in the Saitama Arena (where Radiohead played) as a part of the weekends performance.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet her and for her to make it to my performance was an honour. We swapped CD’s and I get the chance to talk to her about her music and how she is attempting to progress with her approach.
I also got the chance to hang out and have Sushi with a good friend Greg. We had been for a while but only through a mutual connection. This tour was a real good chance to make a good connection. This night was the first of many times hanging out with him. He has worked as a musician in Japan for many years as a member of the Blue man Group. However he has now returned to Tokyo to learn Japanese and find himself a chance to settle and live in Japan.
My set list for the show was all new material from the ‘Go Forth Bright Scenic’ Project. With the exception of ‘Watching Paint’ & ‘Headlights‘. Also the song ‘She Is Your Microscope’ made a rare appearance. It’s a a song I’m still nervous about playing live.