GAKUNOWA is a London-based music community with the aim to expand and develop the music network, hosted by Japanese musicians.
Held on 30th of December 2012 in the heart of north London, Angel-Islington as the Old Queen’s head pub. It introduced Japanese artists to Londoners, not unlike the popular club nights from Japan Underground.
The event showcased eight bands with completely different music genres. Here the crowd experienced Japanese traditional ballads, mixed with accompaniments of didgeridoo and even 80’s rock. You can see how Japanese music has an impact on people through the performances.
We had a great session slot with Unisun who did some great anime theme tune covers, especially their last number from Cowboy Bebop check out their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/unisunmusic
A delightful performance from Kajon who has in the past supported S.S.ROCKET. She played keyboard and displayed such heartfelt emotion in all her songs. She played a wide variety from sad to happy and even threw out sweets to the audience, have a look at her website here: http://kajon.jp/
Some laid back jazzy tunes from Tito, with a hidden surprise of the lead singer’s birthday, everyone sang along and she got given cake on stage by fellow band members.
Italian fashionista Flaviyake gave us a mix of Italian music with trance beats and very energising dance steps to get us all into the mood. I especially like her song about be a little girl, listen to her music here: http://www.youtube.com/user/petiteapetite and here http://www.youtube.com/user/flaviyake
Any event enthusiast would know the likes of Akari Mochizuk (https://www.facebook.com/akari.mochizuki.148 ) and Hibiki Ichikawa (https://www.facebook.com/hibiki.ichikawa). Akari performed recently singing her Japanese ballads on stage at Japan Matsuri 2012 alongside the only Japanese Subaru player in the whole of Europe, Hibiki Ichikawa. This time they collaborated with the talented Chapa, who brought a contemporary beat with his didgeridoo and drum playing (yes he played both at the same time!)
Then some indie sounds from The Common Sense who are actually based in London. (Using guest vocals from lead singer of Tito.) They especially got the crowd excited with their cover of the Beatles ‘Mrs Robinson’. Give them some love on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecommonsenselondon and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXsI54xVbTg
Jun Okada, acoustic pop-rock, singer-songwriter who you may have seen already at Japan Underground’s female lead bands night in October 2012. She gave a great cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘A team’, so see more like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/
KenG certainly made an impression on the crowd with his zombie makeup, hippy attire and errie sound, the sound of Colors! You can have him rock your events too, info at: http://kengboyaki.blog132.fc2.com/
From 11pm to midnight you could mingle with the artist too. All in all a great night from GAKUNOWA, we hope to attend another event in the future.