¡INTERVIEW & PICK UP ARTIST
KAZUTOKI UMEZU KIKI BAND

KIKI BAND has just returned from Bad Doberan, Germany after performing at the Zappanale Festival on July 14th. The Zappanale Festival, named out of respect for Frank Zappa, has been a unique rock festival in Europe. The atmosphere of the venue and the accommodation area seem to stand on tradition of the rock festivals rooted in the 70's, which attracts the enthusiastic Zappa fans not only from European countries including Germany, Austria, Holland, France and Poland, but also those from the U.S.A, Zappa's home country. Those enthusiastic fans in the audience at the festival, wearing T-shirts with Zappa designs and Zappa-style beards and hairs on their chests and backs, seemed to really love Zappa. In that situation, our KIKI BAND must have been a foreign element. You know, KIKI BAND does not play Zappa's pieces, and we did not know Zappa's music better than anyone else in the audience there. However, we were chosen to perform at the main stage to open the festival. It was our second time to play there since 2013.

A big audience thronged in front of the stage even before our concert began. The circle of the audience grew bigger as we played music, and we played two pieces as encores, ending up with playing longer than the scheduled 90 minutes. After our performance, many of the regular audience told us, "Your performance was one of the most sensational concert in 28 years of history of the Zappanale!", asking us our autographs, handshakes and taking photos together. I believe that it was not just a compliment or a lie. Perhaps we played the music that Zappa himself would have loved if he were alive. We do not play his piece nor have a fantastic compositional skill as he did, but we are proud of presenting a powerful and beautiful music that incorporates various elements of different genres.

When we were answering to the interview for a radio station in Vienna, the interviewer asked me, "Who is the biggest inspiration for your band? Zappa? Which direction are you heading for with your KIKI BAND?" But I did not exactly know how to answer. There were many musicians who have influenced us. But in the end, the musicians who have most influenced me regarding KIKI BAND were our three members - Takeharu Hayakawa, Natsuki Kido and Joe Trump. They are the core source of creating the sounds of KIKI BAND. We will be heading for where we should be naturally. You are the ones who will witness our future.
- Kazutoki Umezu

Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band JAPAN tour 2017

September 30th 31th(Evening & Daytime Show)
advance ticket 3,800+tax yen /ticket on the day 4,200+tax yen P-cordF339-151
*advance tickets are selling at Pit Inn Shinjuku (reservation is available.) and at Ticket Pia. The advance ticket has an order number for priority entrance at the opening.
**2-Evening Shows&1 Daytime Show pass:10,000+tax yen (only available at Pit Inn Shinjuku).Through ticket for all 2-Evening Shows&1 Daytime Show.

KIKI BAND= Kazutoki Umezu(Sax,etc)Natsuki Kido(G)Takeharu Hayakawa(B)Joe Trump(Ds)
30th KIKI SELECTION
31th yDaytime Showz KIKI with Gues
with Kazuto Shimizu(P,Key)Akihisa Tsuboy(Vln)Udai Shika(Cello)
31th yEvening ShowzuAmatsu-Kitsune vCD Release Concert



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