Ohashi Trio

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Ohashi Trio – QSW Culture Center, July 31

It was odd to be in a familiar place, seated, and holding thin glow sticks that were handed out to the audience last Sunday afternoon. I was about to see Ohashi Trio, a jazz-tinged, Japanese pop act by Ohashi Yoshinori. It was surprising to see the venue full, and I could only wonder how people knew about the music. There was this pre-conceived notion I was about to be with Japanophiles/otaku, but it looked like I was with the preppy, canvas tote-bag carrying crowd.

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JZ Club Shanghai, Lite, Mitsume, and 2016 is Halfway Done

JZ Club's Last Night at Fuxing Lu

Shanghai has a rich jazz history, which I have always wanted to explore. There’s always been that reluctant feeling in stomping on uncharted live club terrain. All it took to bring myself to JZ Club, the top jazz venue around here, was that they were closing shop after 12 years.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – QSW Culture Center, March 19

I don’t normally do an image search of bands before I watch them, but I did this time with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, since I’ve always known the band by name, can say I’ve listened to them a few times, but I don’t know how they look like. See, since I take performance photos, this helps. The search results weren’t the motivating sort, though, since they don’t fit the face-the-audience mold. Anyhow, I was there for the music and whatever spectacle awaits me.

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