■INTERVIEW & PICK UP ARTIST
Kazutoki Umezu - Petit Ohshigoto 2019

It has been forty years since the owner of GAYA, a free jazz club in Tokyo, once told me casually, "I guess you are a miko (shrine maiden)", which still haunts me. "I guess you are a miko." "What do you mean, madam? I am a man." "It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman since you are a miko anyway." I don't remember what kind of context brought us to this conversation at all, although she was also a fortune-teller. I don't think I have a psychic sense or have never encountered a ghost. So I told her that she was absolutely wrong about it and changed to another topic.

Ten years have passed since then, and one day I was asked by Kim SukChul, a Korean shaman/master of Taepyeongso and Janggu, "Umezu-san, are you interested in becoming my adopted son?" with an earnest look. "You have the potential to be a shaman. How about becoming my adopted son to be trained as a shaman? I will give you money as much as you want. If you would like to have a car or jewels, you can have them, too." I loved Kim's performances and tried to play soprano sax as he did, I thought that he said such things just out of politeness at that time and smiled without a word. But he kept asking me repeatedly, "What would you like to have? Woman? Money? House? Say whatever you want." He seemed to be serious and I started to be frightened a little bit, so I sat in a formal kneeling position in front of him and politely declined his offer. Kim said, "That's too bad. You could have become a great shaman," and left the room with a regretful look.?

November 2018 was a very hard time for me. Hiroaki Katayama passed away. The late Katayama and I had worked together to create music since when we used to play at Pulcinella and also as bandsmen at a cabaret, then in the bands like Seikatsu Kojo Iinkai, D.U.B Doctor Umezu Band, and BLUE DAY HORNS with Kiyoshiro of RC Succession. He was the man who played tenor saxophone perhaps at the loudest volume in the world. I owe what I am now to Katayama. Meanwhile, Masahiro Sayama who I have known well since my college days also passed away following Katayama.

I have lost many musicians who used to be very important in my life. Since I am not a miko or a shaman, I cannot hear their voices. But I feel that there is something I have to convey to the world, which must be the sounds that are in common among their music. Of course, their styles of music were very different from each other, I think there was something in common for sure. And perhaps the sounds I make now could contain the sounds that those dead musicians are making via me. I don't feel scared at all. I would happily receive their sounds if my rule might be a shaman for music. I rather want to ask them to be 'here' with me. Sensitive sounds, explosive sounds, meticulous sounds, playful sounds… every sound is beautiful.

- Kazutoki Umezu


Kazutoki Umezu - Petit Ohshigoto 2019

Feb. 13 (Wed), 14 (Thurs), 17 (Sun)???
*Advance ticket: 3,500 yen + tax / Ticket on the day: 4,000 yen + tax (both include one drink)

Feb. 15 (Fri), 16 (Sat)
*Advance ticket: 4,000 yen + tax / Ticket on the day: 4,500 yen + tax (both include one drink)

*Advance tickets will start selling at Ticket Pia, Shinjuku Pit Inn (from 11 AM only at the reception) on January 13, Sunday. P Code: 138-908

*5-DAY PASS (limited number) is only available at the Shinjuku Pit Inn (we accept reservations). 16,000 yen + tax (One drink included per day. No discount for members)

Feb. 13 (Wed)
Futari

Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Tavito Nanao (vo, g)

Feb. 14 (Thurs)
Dolls' House

Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Toru Iwashita (improvisational dance, Sankai Juku dancer), Yoshiya Yamamoto (puppeteer), Shizuru Otaka (vo)

Feb. 15 (Fri)
Hajime Uta

Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Chitose Hajime (vo), Kazuhisa Uchihashi (g), Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (per, ds)

Feb. 16 (Sat)
Dedicates to D.U.B. Hiroaki Katayama

D.U.B.:? Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Takeharu Hayakawa (b), Takashi Kikuchi (ds)
Guests: Reichi Nakaido (g, vo)

Feb. 17 (Sun)
Spiritual Session

Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Motoharu (sax), Takayuki Kato (g), Winchester Nii Tete Boye (per), Nobuyoshi Ino (b)

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