What A Great Start Of The New Year 2018!

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018

2018 started 2 day concerts in Tokyo in early January. They took in place at Gallery Toukou which specialises Hiroyoshi Hamamoto’s Karatsu pottery.

I played O-ARC’s classic songs, new songs and one of my old song written 1994. Not to mention a song inspired by Mr Hamamoto’s pottery Beauty Full Void. Audience were really attentive and really enjoyed mingling with them after the concerts..They were so special and interesting people.

Furthermore Barista from a dedicated coffee company Horiguchi Coffee (http://www.kohikobo.co.jp) Yusuke Yamaki had listened to O-Arc music vigorously and created special O-Arc blend for audience to taste. His creation was sublime…It was smooth and light but rich and intense in the core of the taste. I had a big smile on my face after tasting it.

The great thing is that Gallery Toukou also started representing my paintings for Japanese market.

These 2 day concerts are my first official exhibitions in Japan promoting my paintings as well as introducing O-ARC music to their clients and friends.

So it was a collaboration event of pottery, painting, music and coffee.

What an event!

And my third concert held at Nitehi Works in Yokohama. It is an event space which artist and actress couple Mr and Mrs Inayoshi renovated. It used to be an old office of logistic company built 60 years ago and Mr and Mrs Inayosh converted it to an unique space where Japanese traditional house settings meet modern minimalism.

Once you step in, your eyes will glue to the elements of history of the house and fabulous modern essence. They also have a great sound system. Taguchi Speaker is an acclaimed company who make customised speakers for instruments and various spaces (eg. They created a speaker orchestra. It is the system where the sound of each instrument comes out from each customised speakers You can just see speaker polls in front of you but each speakers are players) There were 4 Taguchi speakers hung from the ceiling and another 2 in front of the house speakers especially for this event. The sound was sublime. It was a velvety and warm surround sound. It was so natural that I almost forgot it came out from speaker. I was so impressed by the quality.

Another great element is that you can hear heart beat of human being anywhere you are in this space. The sound of heat beat came out from speakers installed on walls and floors. So I felt like the space itself was beating. It was surreal experience. I played 2 of O-ARC songs with the heart beat as well as my first improvisational work using my guitar and voice. I was quite nervous doing improvisation as I had never done it before on the stage.

I also joined a yoga session instructed by Aki Matsumura before the show. It was my first ever yoga session. I felt really great as I could focus more of who I am and felt balanced mentally and physically. Furthermore I did my first ever live painting. I did it while other joiners were meditating absorbing energy from them as an inspiration.

What a non stop of musical, visual, and spiritual 3 days. I’m very fortunate.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to these 3 concerts, Mr and Mrs Yoshisato who organised concerts at their beautiful Gallery Toukou and also created an opportunity to introduce my paintings in Japan, Taka, who I met 2005 in London and has been contributed greatly O-ARC’s visual image( O-ARC website, cd image, various flyers etc) since 2006, liaised with Gallery Toukou and created flyers, Yamaki san who made special O-ARC blend, Mr and Mrs Inayoshi who organised a concert at an inspirational space Nitehi Works, Kotaki san and Yamashita san from Taguchi speakers who created fantastic sound, Aki Matsumura who is my first ever Yoga instructor.

Furthermore to old friend of mine Tetsuo who let me use his special bamboo guitar to make these shows possible as my guitar was totally damaged after a long haul fight from London.

Masa

Gallery Toukou http://utakaratsu.com
Horiguchi Coffee http://www.kohikobo.co.jp
Nitehi Works https://www.facebook.com/Upcycle-love-at-art-末吉町-nitehi-works-1699897396749361/
Taguchi Speaker http://taguchi-onken.com
Aki Matsumura https://ojas8.wordpress.com

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Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

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Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, Dec 24, 2017

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Collaboration with heart beat

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

Hello

It’s been a while since we played the gig but Masa is playing a solo acoustic show at Sueyoshi cho Nitehi Works (末吉町Nitehi Works) in Yokohama, Japan in January 2018

This time he will be experimenting, which he has never done before…..playing with heart beat….

There will be a Yoga lesson prior to the gig and heart beat of the people doing Yoga will be recorded. Then the recorded sound of the heart beat will be coming out from the speakers in the room as if the room itself is beating. With heart beat he will create sound improvisation with his guitar and his voice…haha….Off course he will play normal acoustic set as usual including the new song which he has never played before.

He is also very excited about playing at recently opened Sueyoshi cho Nitehi Works which Yokohama creative scene’s influencer and artist Minoru Inayoshi’s new event space.

O-ARC(Masa solo) @ Sueyoshi cho Nitehi Works
Date: Monday 8th January 2018
Venue: Sueyoshi cho Nitehi Works
1-21 Sueyoshi cho Naka-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
Door: 5:30pm
Music: 6pm-7:30pm
Admission: 2500 yen (including one drink ticket)
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/192286228015847/

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Vinyl Deptford

Monday, Oct 23, 2017

We are really happy to announce that we are playing Vinyl Deptford this coming November.

It’s a little record shop..no cds and no tapes kind a place and more.

Part record shop, part cafe, part gallery space – if Vinyl Deptford was in Hackney Wick or Soho it’d be crammed to bursting point during every opening minute.
Time Out (Love London 2016)
https://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/vinyl

Great review isn’t it!

As far as we remember this is our third time playing at Recored shop.

The first one is at Pop Up recored shop at Comme des Garçon’s Dover Street Market London and the second one at Pure Groove Records when we released our first EP back in 2009.

It’s great to be back.

Hope you can make it.
Masa/Neil

Sunday 12th November
Event starts at 4pm (we will be on around 6:30pm)
Vinyl Deptford
4 Tanner’s Hill Deptford London SE8 4PJ

Free admission

http://bit.ly/2yxDsxw
https://vinyldeptford.com/events/

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