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Tenugui mumbling Vol.107 – Music and Tenugui

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
A beautiful photo from Kristopher

A beautiful photo from Kristopher

Received a beautiful photo from Tenugui fan Kristopher, his Udon Tenugui is sitting peacefully on his Harpsichord. Music and Tenugui….. a beautiful harmony together!

Doomo Arigato Gozaimasu Kristopher-san, for sharing your beautiful photo with us!

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From Ruri
Violin

Tenugui mumbling Vol.80 – AMANOGAWA by The Kitsune Ensemble

Sunday, December 5th, 2010
Billy Fox - composer & director of The Kitsune Ensemble

Billy Fox - composer & director of The Kitsune Ensemble

Arei Sekiguchi - Drum The Kitsune Ensemble

Arei Sekiguchi - drum

Christopher Hoffman - chello

Christopher Hoffman - chello

Gary Pickard - clarinet

Gary Pickard - clarinet

John Savage - flute

John Savage - flute

Miki Hirose - trumpet

Miki Hirose - trumpet

Yayoi Ikawa - keyboards

Yayoi Ikawa - keyboards

Yoshi Waki - bass

Yoshi Waki - bass

The Kitsune Ensemble

The Kitsune Ensemble

On Friday Decemver 17th at 8pm, AMANOGAWA will premiere at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies in Manhattan. Inspired by the Tanabata Legend, this hourlong production combines original music with contemporary theatrical techniques inspired by the Kuroko stagehands of Kabuki Theatre.

Composed by Billy Fox, with theatrical direction by Tomi Tsunoda, AMANOGAWA conbines classical, modal jazz and free improvisation, while also subtly drawing from traditional Japanese elements such as Koto tuning and Shakuhachi flute stylings.

Improvising chamber group The Kitsune Ensemble is comprised of Billy Fox as a composer & director, has previously performed at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, the Planet Arlington World Music Series, and Manhattan’s Spring Fever Festival.

The legend of Tanabata (“Evening of the Seventh”) concerns the divine lovers Orihime (“Weaving Princess”) and Hikoboshi (“Cow Herder Star”) who are banished by Tentei (“Sky King”) to opposite sides of the impassable Amanogawa (“River of Heaven” Milky Way). On one day each year, the lovers are allowed to reunited… only to be torn apart again for the rest of the year.

The annual Tanabata Matsuri (festival), celebrate each July 7 or August 7 in numerous areas of Japan, is considered a time of hope and celebration. But AMANOGAWA interprets the story in an unconventional way, seeing the Tanabata legend as a rebuke against imposed social and occupational roles that inhibit our deepest desires and passions as individuals.

We furnished Tenugui to The Kitsune Ensemble for their World Premiere of Amanogawa. I am so excited to see how Tenugui can be used in AMANOGAWA…?
If you have any chance, please come and see their performance at the theater. Of course, I’ll be there also!

Event: World Premiere of AMANOGAWA
Date: Friday December 17th. 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
Venue: New York Center for Art & Media Studies
Address: 44 W 28th street. 7th floor, NY, NY 10001
Ticket: $10 at the door
Information:? www.kitsuneensemble.org/news.html

Hope to see you there!!!!!

band

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 57 – Heavenly music Fred Hersch

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

My dear friend took me to the Village Vanguard last weekend for my pre-birthday surprise. New York is an amazing place, you can go to listen to great music anytime, just walk or jump on the subway.

I have never had a chance to listen to Jazz before I moved to New York. It was more than a shock to me when I?heard live Jazz for the first time here. Passion, emotions, improvising… you won’t hear exactly the same notes again, only once in your life, It’s Jazz…

I could not stop my tears when I listened to Fred Hersch’s CD for the first time. And now… Fred was playing his piano in front of me…. His sounds are so pure like a stream… or like whispers of wind… or beauty of life…

Life is very interesting and has many different forms, so does music. And?I believe that our meaning of life will leave something in this world, like his music. They?will stay forever in our hearts…

I would like to leave something in this world someday… But I am not sure what I can do….
maybe something with Tenugui?
I’ll think about it later…

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.46 – Damon & Naomi Lost Gaijin Tour

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Naomi-san is a musician/artist, and also Tenugui fan! She made her own design Tenugui with us last month.??Damon-san and Naomi-san will start their Japan tour “Damon & Naomi Lost Gaijin Tour” from November 7th with their tenugui!
I love their music very much. Naomi-san’s pure voice, Damon-san’s warm poetic melody… I feel a very nostalgic bitter-sweet feeling in my heart when I listen to their songs. Please visit their site for the tour schedule, maybe they will?come to your town??????
Here is the link for Damon & Naomi web-site, and you may peek?at their original Tenugui!

Damon & Naomi Tour Date (web-site)
http://www.damonandnaomi.com/frameset/frame.html

Damon & Naomi Tenugui
http://www.damonandnaomi.jp/news.html

Bon Voyage, Damon-san & Naomi-san!!!!

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Tenugui mumbling Vol.36 – SONNY ROLLINS The Father of Music

Monday, June 15th, 2009


I love Sonny – Sonny Rollins, a Jazz legend Saxophone player, was born in 1930 in New York City. He will be 79 years old this coming September. I went to his concert at Central Park Summer Stage last year with my dear friend. This is a short clip that I took 20-feet away from the stage! Always his horn and music are so special to me, because he makes my heart smile under any circumstance. Through many many many years of his music, still his sounds are always so new and so fascinating. I read an article about Sonny the other day, and I love what he said;
“Life is not just one easy ride – there were a lot of horror times. Being a musician is not the easiest life in the world but I always knew I wanted to be one. I still practice every day and I always knew I am still serching to make a better musical statement. I feel I haven’t really gotten my best work out yet and I’m just so happy to be involved the thing I’ve loved all my life.”
The challenges of the journey of one’s life, doing what they love most all the way to the end. Life is passions, the challenges and the journey of following the passions in my life, the things I love most… Tenugui.
Sonny?is my Father of MUSIC, and “Sonny Please!” let us hear more this year also!

By the way… I have another story to tell you about the night. My friend and I were so happy and almost drunk with Sonny’s sounds after his concert. We walked in the park together… nice romantic summer walk… and guess what? We both fell into a pond in front of the boat house accidentally. Oh, I was so glad that I had a Tenugui to wipe off algae all over our faces. It was the most unforgettable night and my favorite night last summer!

Sending you?a short story for Father’s Day – Happy Father’s Day!

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.33 – Happy Mother’s Day from New York

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Home is where your Mom is...

Home is where your Mom is...

New York is a very interesting city, and especially during holiday season. I did not see much holiday spirit during Thanks Giving and Christmas here, but it was everywhere on Mother’s day!
I went to the Bronx this Mother’s day to visit a nursing home. My friends Jan and Jon played afternoon Jazz there and took me to their little concert. Jan Leder is my favorite flute player and she has been playing in many places over 30-years. All the audience, young and old enjoyed their beautiful afternoon swing. Pure and warming sounds of her flute and Jon’s lively piano gathered together, and sent joy of sounds to all. Someday, I would like to do workshops there and share joy and smile with my tenugui… like their music.
On the way to the Bronx, and back to Manhattan…. I saw many people holding flower bouquets or balloons, more than any other holiday time. My dear friend said that;
“Everybody has a mother no matter what where you come from.”
New York…. people came from many different countries and background. Yes, you are right, my dear friend. We all have mothers!

I have two mothers – my mama in Tokyo and my mom in Texas. I am sorry that I could not visit you both…, but you are always in my heart. Home is where your Mom is…

My mama

My mama

my mom

My mom

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama and Mom with love….

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling vol.25 – Music has no boundary at the Knitting factory

Monday, January 12th, 2009
Japanese Acoustic Punk Band "UZUHI"

Japanese Acoustic Punk Band UZUHI

I went to?”IN THE SUN Vol.4″ live?concert in the Knitting Factory other day. One of our wuhao friend Shusuke is a member of UZUHI and he played his drum there. UZUHI is a Japanese Acoustic Punk Band (Vocal: Gosha, Guitar: Katsuragi, Keyboard: Tsubasa, Drum: Inashu) that has been playing around New York City.

They performed their original Japanese Punk songs, and jumping, shouting, swinging, and dancing… All bands members and an audience got together shared great sounds and energie there – “Music has no boundary” YES, Surely I got that feeling from them.

I hope that our Tenugui will be “Tenugui has no boundary!” like “UZUHI” ‘s great spirit.
Thank you very much Inashu-san and UZUHI to share this great moment with us. Here is a short crip that I took at the Knitting Factory. Please Enjoy great positive energie from UZUHI!

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From: Ruri