It took me this long to notice, but Takanami Keitarō (ex-Pizzicato Five) has a new album that was released last month! Continuing the series with his "Nangasaki Five", this album still focuses on his home roots of Nagasaki while taking us on a trip around the world. Some of the songs were recorded live at a fund-raising event held last May in Nagasaki. Part of the profits from this CD's sales are also to be given to charity.
Keitarō has also announced on his blog that he has started a new unit called Playtime Rock (also the name of his self-owned label), together with flutist/singer Ichiba Mina (seen in the TV commercial clip below). Let's be looking for more news in 2012!
Takanami Keitarō to Nangasaki Five "Do-Re-Mi no daikōkai Nagasaki yōgaku kotohajime"
高浪慶太郎となんがさき ふぁいぶ 「ドレミの大航海 ナガサキ洋楽事始め」
2. Veni, Creator Spiritus
3. Wilhelmus (The Netherlands' national anthem)
5. Sicut cervus desiderat
6. Loch Lomond
7. Eine Japanische Ouverture
8. Down By The Riverside
9. kimigayo (Original version)
10. utsukushiki tennen
11. Un bel di vedremo (Madame Butterfly)
14. Gloriosa 1st movement "Oratio"
15. Amazing Grace