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More inspired musical goofiness from Japan

Posted by ampontan on Friday, September 10, 2010

POSTER 21st Century Schizoid Man uploaded some YouTube links in his comment to a previous post here of some inspired Japanese musical goofiness from the pre-war era. The first is a combination of Carmen and naniwabushi. But we all know that once you get started on YouTube, it’s hard to stop. That link led to some serendipitous discoveries.

First, here’s Zeze doing the well-known dance from Carmen on shamisen:

And that led to the discovery of a trio verson of Smoke on the Water with shamisen and percussion:

Now that we’ve had the appetizers, DO NOT MISS Kunimoto Takeharu playing shamisen and singing the blues with Buddy Guy’s band on a television program hosted by Tamori in 1995:

Mr. Kunimoto just does the blues gig in his spare time. He more often plays with an American bluegrass group called the Last Frontier:

That brings it full circle in more ways than one. Yesterday’s post also featured a fusion of bluegrass and traditional Japanese music. The first blog post I ever wrote, five years ago on another site, was a profile of Kunimoto Takeharu. I offered it as an encore presentation here soon after I started this site. But here’s fair warning–If you click on that link, you’ll also see and hear a YouTube video of Mr. Kunimoto doing naniwabushi with a rock band, and a naniwabushi fusion was how this post got started.

Earlier today on an American website, I read someone’s offhand comment about “norm-following Northeast Asians”.

Not in this part of Northeast Asia, dude.

And I didn’t even upload the video of Kunimoto and the Last Frontier doing a bluegrass version of Cream’s White Room.

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4 Responses to “More inspired musical goofiness from Japan”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    :)

  2. Roual Deetlefs said

    Ampontan.

    You don’t know how lucky you guys are to have cheap unlimited high-speed internet … God damn Telkom !!!!

  3. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    Gee whiz… after three glasses of draft beer and a shower with my son, I am watching Buddy Guy thing… man, his grin is for real. I am impressed with Takemoto as much as Buddy Guy, who has been one of my many heros of blues music, did!

  4. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    About Smoke on the Water….the ladies sing the lyric which is direct translation of English, possibly done by Oosama (the King), obscure but renowned singer who translated all major hits by Deep Purple and sang them. In any modest Karaoke place you would find his repertoire, ah,,,,,, at least a decade ago.

    Kojo no kemuri, hibana ga bachi bachi….
    (Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky)

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