Yellow Magic Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl 6/27/11

June 27, 2011

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) has not performed in LA since 1979. The Hollywood Bowl was packed yesterday! I usually go to Hollywood Bowl for classical concerts. This venue in summer is really great for non-classic concerts! Noise from the outside-inside does not matter. Some acoustic imperfection does not matter. We just enjoy the concert in an open space in dark!  YMO is a legend of Japanese Band, as Yoko Ono (a special guest) called! We grew up with their sound and life style. I assume they are getting close to 60s, but are still pretty cool! I recorded the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto (a keyboard player in YMO) for the last CD, and have performed them on many of my concerts. So I am personally attached to Sakamoto world. Of course individually (Takahashi on a drum, and Hosono on a guitar) very active Sakamoto is the most well-known musician among 3 of YMO. They did not play his solo music last night. YMO started as one of the first sensational Techno Band in the world in late 70’s, and they still play techno music, but in 2011 version! Actually I did not know they still perform as YMO! They never stop to create new sound. As I was listening their concert last night I thought Techno music and Japanese culture and personality fit well.  We are not openly emotional and passionate, but inside we are hot and deep. During the concert my mind went through so many things, memories from my life in Japan, the music I play now, the music I have played, myself as Japanese musician living in US, and I truly enjoyed YMO inside/outside! By the way I thought the fantastic trumpet player in the band inserted the passage from Artunian Trumpet concerto–.

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