I first met Kei Kobayashi when I participated as a member of a project "ROUTINE JAZZ SEXTET" which was planned by Kei and Komine, the owner of a jazz club NARDIS in Kashiwa. It was Kei's unit formed based on the concept of his compilation album series "ROUTINE JAZZ" which was also his lifework then, and the unit has released two CDs as well as a heavyweight vinyl. The unit had been actively performing in various venues, including a now-closed Yellow in Azabu. For me who spent my youth when jazz and DJ culture were closely connected in the 90's, it was a great pleasure and an honor to be able to be a part of such a unique project with a Japan's leading DJ.

Several years have passed since then, and I heard that Kei's style of music has been changing these days, but did not have a chance to actually listen to his concert for a long while. But when my band was invited by DJ Hironobu Jyounai to play at 'contact', a club in Shibuya last winter, Kei was DJ-ing in the same evening so I had a chance to see his concert. It was more like a musical performance than a DJ set. Rather than patching tracks of music one after another, his way was more like re-composing a new piece of music by mixing the fragments of those pieces as materials, very different from the hip-hop method. It was like a new work of music was being created one after another spontaneously via Kei Kobayashi's filter. 

The materials he used as the sources were also attractive to my ears, like 'Deantoni Parks' and 'Makaya Maccraven'. When listening to his DJ set, I instinctively thought I would like to collaborate with him in some project, which later came true in this June at KAKULULU in Higashi Ikebukuro. Our band music and Kei's performance were sharing the same room nicely while keeping each other's distinctly different texture. I strongly hope that our audience will have a chance to listen to Kei Kobayashi's performance as well. 

This time at the Pit Inn, Kei's DJ will start at the opening of the show, followed by our RS5p's performance. Then after a break, Kei's DJ set will start again. I hope that our audience will hit the shower of Kei Kobayashi's mesmerizing soundscape first, then will listen to our RS5pb's sounds while processing Kei's sounds in their minds, so the two separate performances will be mixed in their brains after the concert, which will hopefully be a special experience for them. I am looking forward to seeing how Kei's performance and our performance will interact with each other by influencing each other at the Shinjuku Pit Inn where the spirits of sounds dwell in.

Every time there is a big natural disaster or a war somewhere in this world, or when I see terrible crimes on TV news, it makes me think deeply what we can do with our music and what we should do with our music. We would like to play our music with our best efforts, believing the power of music in any genre not only in jazz. We sincerely hope that you could come to see our concert.

- Shinpei Ruike


9/5 Open19:30 Start20:00 3,000+tax yen(including one drink)
Shinpei Ruike (tp), George Nakajima (p, key), Takuya "tak" Tanaka (g), Koji Tetsui (b), Daisuke Yoshioka (ds), Kei Kobayashi (DJ)

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