The event's opening act was Portable Rock, Nomiya Maki's 80's new wave band that's been getting active again since this year. The 3 members of Portable Rock appeared on stage, Maki wearing a dress of thick black and white horizontal stripes, a black beret and glittery black gloves. The set was shortish but full of great songs. Also played were the two songs that resurfaced this year after having been sleeping for about 20 years, both have lyrics written by Konishi Yasuharu.
I love the dynamics of Portable Rock on stage, the three definitely seem to have fun and you can feel a tight complicity of having been friends for so long. Also they said that they had planned to write new songs this year but time flew away, however they seemed positive about doing so next year! I'm crossing my fingers! :)
Set list: Cinemic Love / Idol / Edie / Dance Volunteer / Green Books / Sweet Renaissance
After a DJ set by Hashimoto Toru (Café Après-midi), it was already time for the event's main show, Nosa Reina. Her band had an all-star lineup of many musicians that participated to the recordings. There was of course the guitarist and bassist of Portable Rock, and also keyboardist Nakayama Tsutomu (Sally Soul Stew, also of P5 Sony days fame), Kawaguchi Yoshiyuki (Kuricorder Quartet), drummer Irikura Ryō, on chorus the two cute girls of Tarte Tatin, and of course Takanami K-taro was there on guitar the whole time too! There were also going to be several guests throughout the show.
Reina looked very beautiful in a black dress, and her singing on stage didn't disappoint. Listening to the album I thought many times that her voice has something in common with Nomiya Maki's, probably a reason why she ended up with K-taro
The show started with 3 songs from the album, and then the first special guest was called. Marianne Shinanome of Kinoco Hotel sang in duet on the album for "Lambrusco ni koi shite", and also on a 7"-only special version of the song "Scat". Both of these songs were sang, followed by a cover of the funky "shiroi kobato" (originally by Shuri Eiko (1974)). For two songs, bassist Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew) and Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville) also joined.
Set list 1: Heart no Signal / koi suru ressha / sōgōkasa / Scat (w/ Marianne Shinonome) / Lambrusco ni koi shite (w/ Marianne Shinonome, Sally Kubota and Nakamori Yasuhiro) / shiroi kobato (cover) (w/ Marianne Shinonome, Sally Kubota and Nakamori Yasuhiro)
Next was another very special guest, Nomiya Maki, now wearing a pink dress! And of course Maki and K-taro means... Pizzicato Five! We were treated with some really rare songs too. There was first a cover of the beautiful and soft "Eclipse", with Maki and Reina singing in duet. Then Reina left the stage for a while, leaving Maki and K-taro for some more P5 songs, "They All Laughed" and "Peace Music". When I got home later I dug out "Bossa Nova 2001" and realized for the first time that Maki wrote lyrics for "Peace Music" (and also a few others on this great album). Actually, Reina's album reminds me of this era of Pizzicato Five.
Set list 2 (Pizzicato Five covers): Eclipse (w/ Nomiya Maki & Takanami K-taro) / They All Laughed (Nomiya Maki & Takanami K-taro) / Peace Music (Nomiya Maki & Takanami K-taro)
Then Reina was back and it was time for more songs from Reina's album, starting with lead track "usotsuki Rouge" (see the video clip below). The closing song was "mi no hodo shirazu", a fun track that makes Tarte Tatin's chorus stand out.
Set list 3: usotsuki Rouge / michi no kioku / natsu no kioku / mi no hodo shirazu
There was an encore, with the last song from the album, "sayonara Rouge" (a different version of "usotsuki Rouge" that opens the album). And then all guests were called back on stage for a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Sweet Soul Revue" for which Reina, Maki and Marianne shared the lyrics! It was quite a funny contrast to hear Marianne sing such a fun pop song, her character usually tame and ironic.
Set list 4 (Encore): usotsuki Rouge / Sweet Soul Revue (Pizzicato Five cover)
This was truly a unique and wonderful event. K-taro said himself that having all these members on stage is not likely to happen again.
12/11 & 12: Kuricorder Quartet @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Café
12/18: Tarte Tatin @ Shimokitazawa Garden w/ Denpagumi.inc & Hanae
12/20: Nosa Reina and Kinoco Hotel @ Shimokitazawa Club Que