GAKUNOWA’s last event was so much fun I found out about another FREE installment on Denmark St at Alleyway in the Westend.
Five bands performed, including musician playing Japanese traditional music and a band all the way from Japan. Hibiki Ichikawa who is known as a famous shamisen featuring backing from the talented Digereedoo/drum player Chapa.
[19:00-19:30] 蜜柑 – Mikan
Lovely singer from band Tito performs with new sound and lots of vigour.
Subscibe to Mikan’s youtube channel:
[19:40-20:10] めくりくる – Mekurikuru (from Japan)
Great vocals and guitar moves and the drummer was really getting into it. I don’t know how they all kept their cool wearing jumpers on stage.
[20:20-20:50] だにえる – Daniel
Did a number of covers by Adele, Gotye and even a popular Japanese song.
[21:00-21:30] The Common Sense
Indie Japanese band based in London are back to rock the stage with help of the lovely singer of Mikan.
[21:40-22:10] 一川響 – Hibiki Ichikawa feat. Chapa
The popular and top Shamisen player returns with backing given by unusual digereedoo/drum player chapa and the addition of Hibiki’s best friend, Keisuke Moriya, on drums. Was a spectacular end to the night.
Follow Hibiki on FB to see more of his performances: https://www.facebook.com/hibiki.ichikawa
See Chapa’s preformances on youtube:
More of Keisuke Moriya performances online:
[22:10-late] DJ Highpriest
Now becoming a tradition a member of Gakunowa celebrated their birthday with a guitar shaped cake.
About 樂ノ輪 Gakunowa:
GAKUNOWA is a London-based music community with the aim to expand and develop the music network hosted by Japanese musicians.
More information: http://www.gakunowa.com/
Follow them on Facebook for more news of upcoming events: http://www.facebook.com/Gakunowa
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