Sometimes you just know a show is going to be less normal. And for whatever reason you go with it with no sense of disappointment or dissuasion. On this particular night I arrived at the venue to find myself sandwiched onto a billing with generally Avant Guarde and experimental musicians as well as a DJ.
So what with priding myself for a readyness to adapt to suit a vibe of an evening I looked into how and what to play songwise. Last time I was confronted with this situation in Kyoto a year prior; I decided to play a 30 min version of just one song called ‘Note That Says’. Loops twists and turns including guest musicians ensued.
This time however I decided to step outside my normal selection as my setlist molded into a very different collection of songs.
The song Because closes my Debut album from 2006 and had not been played live for over a year yet here it was opening the night. Following that was 5 mins of pure improv looping which segwayed into new tune ‘She Is Your Microscope‘ and this then ended with a series of glich noises which became another improv piece but this time with the spoken word lyrics of ‘Revisited’. Eventually this meandered it’s way into another new tune ‘Alaskan Sky’.
Now I know this may seem like a very boring description of tunes but you must understand that for me to even attempt one of these tunes in a set would be a little bit of a personal revelation given that at this time I was a long way from knowing any of the songs to perform comfortably due to a lack of rehearsal or simply due to not touching upon them for so long. However on this given night I decided to play nothing but these kind of tunes and leave out any comfort numbers.
One tune had not been played for at least a year; another only once or twice before; another was pure improv; another was basically a poem over noise (an English poem to a Japanese audience may I add); and finally a song which had never been performed live.
Crazy for me anyway.
Next stop – Chiba!