Kazutoki Umezu - Petit Ohshigoto 2023
3/22(wed) 23(thu) 24(fri) 25(sat) 26(sun)
22th Komatcha Klezmer ~Tribute to Sizzle Ohtaka
Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Yoko Tada (sax), Ayumi Matsui (vln), Chan Koyo (acc), Takero Sekijima (tuba), Fumihisa Natsuaki (ds)
Thanks to Sizzle Ohtaka, aka Sizzlin, who had accompanied me on my long musical journey with the albums 'Suppon-Pon' and 'Toperatoto no Odori' as well as the Dendera Caravan project after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

23th Petit Ohshigoto SP unit ~Beyond the Song: The World of Hitoshi Komuro
Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Hitoshi Komuro (vo, g), Yui Komuro (vo, ukulele), Kiyohiko Semba (ds), Daisaku Kume (p, key), Kaori Takahashi (vln), Vagabond Suzuki (b)
We will be joined by Hitoshi Komuro, a giant star in the Japanese folk music world, and Yui Komuro, a ukulele player and singer. The warm and profound lyrics of Komuro's world are supported by master song accompanists, depicting a variety of colorful scenes.

24日 A.K.I. Blues Band: Blues that Keep Rolling
Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Yoko Tada (ts), Kazuhiko Fujii (g), Mikio Ito (key), Takashi Nakajo (b), Sankon Jr. (ds)
The A.K.I. Blues Band offers a fun-filled Rock 'n' Roll & Blues that overflows as soon as you walk in the door. And everyone sings because they want to. The simple impulse conquers all! This is a reunion live after one year.

25日 DUO: 1st Album Release Celebration
Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Makoto Yoshimori (p)
A sound space where our singing hearts meet and resonate with each other. The DUO, which began quietly in the wake of the Covid pandemic, has been building up time and sound, and at the beginning of this year, all the recordings were finally completed. Our CD is about to be completed and released!

Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Tavito Nanao (g, vo)
At that moment of the sound meets the voice, the world always begins. Umezu x Nanao DUO has somehow become a regular feature of the last night of the event. Without this rich sonic communion, we can no longer finish our petit grand work?

open19:00 start19:30
22th、26th= Advance ticket:4,400 yen/ Ticket on the day:4,950 yen
23th、24th= Advance ticket:4,950 yen/ Ticket on the day:5,500 yen
25th= Advance ticket:3,850 yen/ Ticket on the day:4,400 yen
(with 1drink)


*Advance tickets (reservations accepted) will be available from 11:00 AM on February 1 (wed) by phone (03-3354-2024), at the reception desk of Pit Inn Shinjuku, or through the online ticket reservation form for each concert date on our website. A priority entrance number is given at the time of reservation.


*Admission to the ‘ Kazutoki Umezu – Petit Ohshigoto ‘ concert will be in the order of ticket number, so if you have already made a reservation for a ticket, please be sure to purchase your reserved ticket at the Pit Inn reception desk.
*Numbers are assigned at the time of reservation.
*Tickets are available for purchase prior to the performance date.


Requests to Our Customers
Please be aware that the venue will be very crowded if you try to purchase your ticket reservations shortly before the opening time of 19:00. In order to avoid the congestion and ensure a smooth opening, we will start accepting reserved ticket purchases at the reception desk starting at 18:00. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we would like to ask for your cooperation in purchasing tickets early in the time difference. After purchase, you will be able to enter the venue in numerical order upon your return at 19:00 when the venue opens. Thank you for your cooperation.


Sizzle Ohtaka was probably the most frequently guested female singer in my series at the Pit Inn, such as ‘Petit Ohshigoto’ and ‘Fuyu no Buri Buri. We are reminded even before the show begins how much we will miss ‘Petit Ohshigoto’ without her.

In particular, she and ‘Komatcha Klezmer’, with whom she had the closest friendship, were known as ‘Komattaka’, and have performed together at various venues in Tohoku and Niigata and so on, besides at the Pit Inn.

So, I am thinking of featuring the works of Sizzle Ohtaka in this event, but to be honest, I am completely at a loss for what to do with the project. There is no one in the world who can replace her voice or sing like her. There is nothing I can do but go on stage with this troubled mind.

Sizzle Ohtaka has written some great lyrics to some of my songs. One of the songs, ‘Vietnamese Gospel’ was also sung by Sizzle Ohtaka. And ‘Awake’ which I had planned to have Ms. Ohtaka sing on my new album with Makoto Yoshimori. It was a dream that never came true, but I am planning to play this piece as well.

Although the shadow of Ms. Ohtaka may appear here and there, ‘Petit Ohshigoto’ is still composed of musicians who cannot be replaced by anyone else. There is no substitute for the members of ‘Komatcha’, Hitoshi Komuro, the members of the day, the A.K.I. Blues Band, Makoto Yoshimori, and of course Tavito Nanao. I hope to be one of those musicians, too.

‘Petit Ohshigoto’ has been held every year since 2001, and even though it has been held 22 times, each time was different.

Live performances are all about the moment. So please, everyone, come to the show and see what will happen!


– Kazutoki Umezu

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