Jeanette (chounohana) wrote,

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火曜シャンソンKaya's Day 『Cafe Noir -trois-』

Was quite a busy day today/yesterday. Had to travel out of town early in the morning to meet and talk with some people, and get some paperwork done. And the weather was absolutely awful. But I was still in a great mood. Guess catching up on sleep these past couple of weeks has done some good.

Found this on my way back in the afternoon and thought it was adorable enough to deserve a picture:

Finished earlier than expected, leaving me with enough time to go back home and get ready for another one of Kaya's Chansons lives, this time starring Seiji and Nobu from Art Cube as guests.

The event was at Saravah in Shibuya. Which is an actual cafe rather than a livehouse. The stage was quite low (barely above floor level), and scattered in front of it were about 9 tables big enough for 4 peole each. Doors were supposed to open at 7pm, but maybe they felt sorry for us standing out in the cold rain, cause they let those who had already lined up into the cafe about 15 minutes early. The four Art Cube regulars got a table right in front of the stage, so we had excellent view of everything going on :) The first part of the event would start at 8:00, and while waiting we were served a small dish consisting of chicken, mashed potato, some vegetables and bread. It tasted really nice, and it was a new experience to be served food like this before a live.

We had been dreading this event a bit, knowing how some of Kaya's fans can behave. But being seated at each our tables, no one could elbow us in the back or punch us in the head, so I really enjoyed the entire performance.

Again I must repeat that my knowledge of chansons is very limited ^^; So I guess it would be better to check Kaya's blog for a complete setlist. But the first part opened with Kaya singing a couple of them, together with the evening's pianist; Sugi. (Sugiura Tetsuro) As always at these Cafe Noir shows, he was dressed in the polkadotted dress, with a black corset. And this time decorated with a few red roses. Seeing him twirling around and doing his usual witty MCs, I realized how much I've actually missed watching him on stage. He used to appear at so many of the events I'd go to, but now, as far as I can remember, the last time I saw him was August last year. (Although I do hope any collaboration with Seiji will continue to be limited to seated events).

After finishing "Olga" he called for a couple of his sempai; Z-sama and N from Art Cube :) Seiji had mentioned that he'd had a hair cut recently (which apparently "made him look 21 years old", lol), but I don't think we were expecting anything like how he'd cut it. Most of it is now layered really short, only with the bottom layer going down to his waist. Most of the red is gone, only some left at the side of his bangs. He had done it himself though, so it was a bit uneven + he definitely has to do something about the thinnest parts of his hair which are completely seethrough. He said he would go to a salon and get it fixed eventually (Probably has to do something before Moi dix Mois' live this month). Overall it didn't look that bad, but I'm probably gonna miss his long red curls. Wonder how his famous helicopter headbanging will look now. Again he looked a bit out of place clothing-wise. He was wearing a tight black long-coat, with hotpants underneath. The other guys (minus Kaya) were in black suits.

Nobu had been added as a guest last minute. According to Seiji they had been out drinking, and Seiji had asked/tricked him to participate while Nobu was drunk. Nobu kept giving indications of "Please stop talking D:" while Seiji happily continued sharing things Nobu had said and how he'd acted under the influence of a few drinks, lol... For the occasion Nobu played the guitar instead of his usual bass. And together they did acoustic versions of Rengesora and Blue Heaven. Without the other instruments, Seiji could really show off his voice. The songs were absolutely beautiful like this. Seiji then sang a chanson (Paris Violon) together with Sugi on piano, before Kaya ended part 1 with an acoustic version of Ophelia. As he left the stage he told us there would be a break for about 15 minutes, and promised the two members from Art Cube would be back for the second part at 9:00.

After Kaya did another couple of chansons, he was joined on stage by Seiji and the two of them joked around for a while. It really looks like they enjoy being on stage together (and simply in the company of the other in general). Nobu was called back, and we got Rengesora for the second time + Kasoukyoku. Poor Nobu had done his best to memorize songs on an instrument he isn't 100% confident with playing, so I guess three songs were all they'd had time for practicing. But also this time around the songs were extremely beutifully performed.

The show ended with Kaya doing a really upbeat and electronified version of La vie en Rose. My favourite of all the songs he did that evening, and he looked so happy singing it :)

These Cafe Noir lives are currently a monthly occurrence, and they're doing a stampcard for the occasion:

Cute stamp! So if anyone is planning on going to these lives, be sure to ask for a card at the goods table. Once you've collected three stamps you're automatically invited to a forthcoming VIP party (More details to be announced later).

This was the sign outside by the way:

(I had forgotten to bring my cellphone, so thanks to mrs_fujiwara  for taking the picture!)

As you can see it was raining.... Someone (Seiji?) had some fun drawing the musicians participating:


Tags: art cube, kaya, live, saravah

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