tayutau and jaaja at urban guild
Tayutau (たゆたう) is one if my very favorite bands. The duo — Nishimoto Hiroko on guitar and Ikagi Akiko on violin and found percussion — play music that is haunting, beautiful, playful, and cleverly quiet. Both of them sing and when they harmonize it’s as if a third, invisible instrument has suddenly taken the stage. Here’s their new video, from a song on their second album, which is called 糸波 (“thread wave,” probably pronounced “shi-nami”):
I went to see them play at Urban Guild, one of my favorite venues in Kyoto, and since then I’ve seen them play again at 絵本カフェ holo holo, a lovely spot in Namba that contains a vast library of picture books.
It’s always difficult to get good photographs at shows, unless you happen to be at a small venue and get lucky enough to sit up close. These days I often don’t even bother to shoot if I don’t have a decent seat. The other problem with shooting live music is that if you end up shooting too much you also end up missing a lot of the music. For this particular show I brought my Fujifilm GF670 (branded as a Voigtlander Bessa III in the States) and loaded it up with black and white Ilford 3200.
In addition to Tayutau, a band called JaaJa (ジャージャ) came down from Nagoya to play. I’d never seen JaJaa play before, though I’ve seen quite a few of their compatriots from the Nagoya underground in other contexts, including the ever delightful ett and one-man band and instrument maker ICHI. They must put something good in that Nagoya water.
In addition to playing music, the JaaJa collective also makes a variety of handmade goods and runs a café, which I think is called Café Jaaja.
Unfortunately, JaaJa’s old website doesn’t currently appear to be functional, though they do have an active Twitter account. The reason it’s unfortunate that their website is down is that it used to feature lots of images of the amazing array of handmade masks that are turned out by the collective and, as in the shot below, used during performances. I have a sneaking suspicion that the hairy mask below is an homage to the character Ira from existential hippie space epic Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis and Jon J Muth.
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