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everything will flow

the trio world tour 1996 - 03

Our first show of our world tour was in Bologna. It was totally great. Toward the end of the show the audience was fighting like mad to get closer to the stage, sort of like how I imagined it was in Woodstock.


But the shows in Naples and Rome was not rocking at all. It was really cold there...

Our first show of our world tour was in Bologna. It was totally great. Toward the end of the show the audience was fighting like mad to get closer to the stage, sort of like how I imagined it was in Woodstock.

 

But the shows in Naples and Rome was not rocking at all. It was really cold there,too. The piano I had in Rome was hard and I hurt my fingers on it. After Rome, we played in Roskilde which is about an hour's drive from Copenhagen, Denmark.The show there went really well. We played in this huge open field with ninety thousand hippies there. The field had seven tents, each with a stage set up init. I played on the "white stage" that day, with all these X-generation hippies with pierced body parts swarming around me. The show was short but rocking.

 

The sight of all these pierced kids saying "shhhhh!" to listen to our performance was quite a sight.

 

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the trio world tour 1996 - 04

7/2/96

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The show last night was incredible. It blew away the shows we had in Bologna and Roskilde. We played in a real Roman amphitheater right below the Parthenon. The acoustics were incredible, the place was totally inspiring and great. I wouldn't mind playing there all day...

7/2/96

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The show last night was incredible. It blew away the shows we had in Bologna and Roskilde. We played in a real Roman amphitheater right below the Parthenon. The acoustics were incredible, the place was totally inspiring and great. I wouldn't mind playing there all day long, with or without an audience.

 

Needlessto say, the audience that night was really great. I had the undivided attention of three thousand people. Their silence was musical in itself. I could tell they were totally into the music.

 

I was the only one who did an improvisation. Jaques joined in with me after my improvisation and then we went into "Bibou no Aosora". "LittleBuddha" is a perfect song to play in that space.

 

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the trio world tour 1996 - 05

7/4/96

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I'm in Paris to perform at the Cartier Foundation. The show is to be a totally"unplugged" show. No PA system, no lighting. The Foundation is insidea 10-story building made totally of glass. Inside the space we are performing in tonight there is a huge cage...

7/4/96

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I'm in Paris to perform at the Cartier Foundation. The show is to be a totally"unplugged" show. No PA system, no lighting. The Foundation is insidea 10-story building made totally of glass. Inside the space we are performing in tonight there is a huge cage with thirty birds in it.

 

During performances, the musicians and I are used to using microphones and an amp to help us hear how we are playing. We won't have that luxury tonight.

Soundcheck ends up running longer than usual. I find out the piano will have to take the lead in the performance tonight.

 

During the performance I do a little bit of a Messian-inspired improvisation hoping to get the birds to participate in the show. The birds don't join in with us as much as I had hoped. Nevertheless, the performance goes really well. After the show, a reception is held on the top floor of the building overlooking the whole of Paris. I meet Catherine from the Centre Georges Pompidou there.

 

The next day we leave for London, where I will have six days off for rest. But when I get to London I find out that I have a day of shooting for TV and a half-day of interviews with BBC radio and Channel one already booked for me. I get even more exhausted.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 06

7/10/96

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From London, we head for Barcelona. The sight of the airport and the city brings back memories of when I was here four years ago for the Olympics. For some reason I know that tonight's show will go really well.


Before leaving for the concert hall, I call my...

7/10/96

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From London, we head for Barcelona. The sight of the airport and the city brings back memories of when I was here four years ago for the Olympics. For some reason I know that tonight's show will go really well.

 

Before leaving for the concert hall, I call my old friend Pepo who was the producer ofthe opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics. I find out he is bed ridden due to intestinal cancer. I am totally saddened by this awful news. I gather that he forced himself to answer my call because he didn't sound too good when he spoke. I could barely hear what he was saying. Before hanging up, I told him to be strong.

 

The concert is at this open-air stage similar to the one in Athens, but smaller. The place has a great vibe to it. This tour is the first time that the places we perform influences how the musicians and I play each night.

 

9:30 as the sun sets, a warm glow hangs over the sky. It's almost show time.

 

Yuasa, who's in charge of our lighting, lights these trees close to the stage and it looks really great and I am totally inspired to play really well for the next two hours. I dedicate the first song of the show, "Bibou no Aosora"to my friend Pepo Sol. I know there are a lot of Pepo's friends at the show tonight. Like in Athens, the audience is great and we play really well.

 

I had six days off before coming here so I make a few wrong turns througout the performance, but spiritually I am right on. After the show, the Spanish fashion designer, Antonio Miro comes to see me backstage with his friends. It's been four years since I saw him last. I notice he's aged a bit, but in real good form. We both talk about how sorry we are regarding Pepo's state.

 

I have no time to go to my favorite restaurant. I just take a shower after the show and jump on the bus for a 10 hour ride to Madrid. I think to myself," Barcelona is really great, it's really my kind of town and I want to come back here next year".


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the trio world tour 1996 - 07

7/11/96

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Noon, I get to the hotel in Madrid. Couldn't sleep well on the bus over here so inthe afternoon I get sleepy.


6pm- soundcheck.


The place where the concert is being held reminds me of a college campus somewhere. The stage set-up is a man-made open-air...

7/11/96

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Noon, I get to the hotel in Madrid. Couldn't sleep well on the bus over here so inthe afternoon I get sleepy.

 

6pm- soundcheck.

 

The place where the concert is being held reminds me of a college campus somewhere. The stage set-up is a man-made open-air stage. I hate playing music in this kind of situation, it's impossible, really. I never want to play on an open-airstage again. My experiences playing on open-air stages on this tour has confirmed this.

 

There are places that are specifically built in a way that inspires you to playmusic. The audience in such places is inspired to listen to music seriously.That's what's important.

 

We begin playing at 10 pm.

 

Jaques opens the show. He always has a glass of scotch or wine before hand.

He also takes sips of the same stuff during the show.

 

This night I am feeling totally uncreative so I have some scotch before the show to put my mind into place. The show goes well, but it wasn't as good as our show in Barcelona. Even our staff say this.

 

The audience that night is a bit strange. They were quiet throughout the whole show. They started getting really into the music at the encore. I am convinced this had something to do with playing on an open-air stage.

 

After the show, I take a quick shower, jump on the bus for a 10-hour ride to Lisbon.The bus left for Madrid at 2 am.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 08

7/12/96

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After our performance in Madrid, we headed for the cities Porto and Lisbon in Portugal. In both cities, I am greeted by the kindest, warmest, lovingest crowd one can imagine.


The acoustics of the space we performed in Porto were especially good. I would love...

7/12/96

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After our performance in Madrid, we headed for the cities Porto and Lisbon in Portugal. In both cities, I am greeted by the kindest, warmest, lovingest crowd one can imagine.

 

The acoustics of the space we performed in Porto were especially good. I would love to go back and do some recording work there. The crowd in both shows just fell wildly in love with my music. In Porto, there was a group of these middle agedmen who were wailing and lamenting to my music. I was moved to find out that I have a lot of fans out here, too.

 

Afterthe show in Porto, we left for London.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 09

7/16/96

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On to Genova, Italy.

I see huge ships sitting in the port of the city.

Someone tells me there is a major naval base in Genova. Genova is also a major vacationing spot. The concert is to take place right in the middle of a park that is right in the middle of this resort...

7/16/96

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On to Genova, Italy.

I see huge ships sitting in the port of the city.

Someone tells me there is a major naval base in Genova. Genova is also a major vacationing spot. The concert is to take place right in the middle of a park that is right in the middle of this resort. I find out that the concert will be on a man-made open-air stage in the middle of this park.

 

I begin to have bad feelings about all this.

 

Bingo.The audience was placed in an area that was really cut off from the stage, making any kind of dialogue between the musicians and the audience impossible. It was basically a no-win situation for all of us, but especially for the musicians.

 

After the show, my staff tells me that the audience was totally into my show.

They also told me about this 70-year old woman who kept yelling "Bravo"after every song.

 

This woman gave the show in Genova a whole new meaning.

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the trio world tour 1996 - 10

7/18/96

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Aftera day's rest we have a show in Torino.

The concert is to take place on a man-made open air-stage, again. Thanks to our PA man, Shimura, we are able to solve the problems we had with sound in Genova.


Our performance on this day was especially good. The...

7/18/96

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Aftera day's rest we have a show in Torino.

The concert is to take place on a man-made open air-stage, again. Thanks to our PA man, Shimura, we are able to solve the problems we had with sound in Genova.

 

Our performance on this day was especially good. The feeling of one-ness of the audience and the musicians on this day was really incredible.

Of all the shows we've had so far, this was either the best or the second best.

 

But we still had one major problem that night. We got attacked by an army of mosquitos.

Beforethe performance we sprayed ourselves all over with bug repellent.

And during the performance we burned a ton of Italian bug repellent incense on the stage to rid ourselves of the mosquitos.

To our surprise, as soon as the show started, the mosquitos left us musicians alone.

Jaquessaid later, "its because the mosquitos appreciate the music, too."

 

Haha.

 

Aftera two-hour drive, we returned to Milano from Torino.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 11

7/19/96

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The show in Milano was to take place on this man-made stage that floated on top of this man-made lake.

It was the first time in my life I had such an experience.

This was equally true for the concert staff, too. This set-up was the hardest imaginable situation to...

7/19/96

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The show in Milano was to take place on this man-made stage that floated on top of this man-made lake.

It was the first time in my life I had such an experience.

This was equally true for the concert staff, too. This set-up was the hardest imaginable situation to set a stage with a good lighting and PA (sound) system.

 

As in Torino, we had an army of mosquitos attack us again. Unlike the mosquitos in Torino, the Milanese mosquitos showed no appreciation of the music and just went after all of the musicians during the entire performance.

By the end of the performance, my back was eaten up.

 

The Milano show was not as perfect as the show in Torino, but the Milanese audience gave me a standing ovation. Unfortunately, even if the audience wanted to come closer to the stage they couldn't since there was water separating the stage from the audience.

 

I was told that people from Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani came to see theshow.

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the trio world tour 1996 - 12

7/20/96

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A day off in Milano.


In the afternoon, I went to Prada and went shopping like crazy. In the evening I went to my favorite restaurant and had a super dinner.


It was definitely the best day for me of the entire European tour so far.

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7/20/96

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A day off in Milano.

 

In the afternoon, I went to Prada and went shopping like crazy. In the evening I went to my favorite restaurant and had a super dinner.

 

It was definitely the best day for me of the entire European tour so far.

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the trio world tour 1996 - 13

7/21/96

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A concert in Palermo, Sicily.

This was the first time I've been to Sicily, the island of the Mafioso.

It is very mountainous and the land is very white and dry, like North Africa.


As I suspected, the stage was another man-made one. This time the stage was...

7/21/96

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A concert in Palermo, Sicily.

This was the first time I've been to Sicily, the island of the Mafioso.

It is very mountainous and the land is very white and dry, like North Africa.

 

As I suspected, the stage was another man-made one. This time the stage was to be located right in the middle of the city.

Nobody here speaks any English. No English is spoken by the local Sicilian people working as part of the stage crew, no English is spoken even by the staff working in our hotel there.

 

A crowd begins to gather around the stage as it gets darker. It begins to look like everyone in the entire city is coming to see my show.

 

10pm, showtime.

The crowd is warm, passionate.

As the tension increases in the music throughout the show, the tension also rises in the audience.

The audience here is very receptive to the music.

 

Duringthe encore, crazed fans come running up toward the stage. The audience begins to go crazy and it's not just the ones out there that look like they own all ofmy CD's. All these old people are yelling "Bravo!, "like the lady in Genova. I begin to feel a little alarmed so when the show's finished, rush on the van and we run to the hotel.

 

Sicilyis really one hell of a place. But now I know that it would be really hard to do any business there.

Someone tells me later that there were five thousand people there that night but that only a thousand two hundred actually paid to see it. The rest just pushed down the fence and barged their way into the show.

 

The next morning, we head for Milano, pass it, cross the Alps by bus and go on to Zurich.

The view of the Alps that morning was incredibly beautiful.

It reminded me of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the US.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 14

7/23/96

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Aconcert in Zurich.

The stage here is inside the couryard of a church that was converted into a museum.

After doing a bunch of shows in Italy, my crew, musicians and I are blown away by how organized the local Germanic staff are.

But, I still really love the people...

7/23/96

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Aconcert in Zurich.

The stage here is inside the couryard of a church that was converted into a museum.

After doing a bunch of shows in Italy, my crew, musicians and I are blown away by how organized the local Germanic staff are.

But, I still really love the people in the South.

 

At 9:50 pm, it seems that it is going to rain so we go on stage early.

In the middle of the performance it starts raining but the crowd stays. It then rains even harder.

Thereis a flash of totally dramatic thunder,twice.

 

Ir eturn for three encores since the audience was so patient and well behaved that night. "Parolibre", the last song I played was perfect night time (Nachtmusik) music.

Afterthe show, we head for Paris, watching the lightning from the window of the bus.

 

I am left now with only two more shows in Europe.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 15

7/24/96in Paris

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I have only two more shows left in Europe. I am already sad about leaving Europe.


At 10 am we check-in to our hotel in Les Halles. The hotel is very close to the concert hall.


Half of the pain I had in my neck yesterday is gone by following...

7/24/96in Paris

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I have only two more shows left in Europe. I am already sad about leaving Europe.

 

At 10 am we check-in to our hotel in Les Halles. The hotel is very close to the concert hall.

 

Half of the pain I had in my neck yesterday is gone by following Doctor Tsushima's remedies that he gave me over the phone. I am really happy about this.

 

I try to take a nap because I couldn't sleep well on the bus coming here. I can't sleep because there are construction noises outside so I go out for a walk around Les Halles. I go to the Centre Geroges Pompidou briefly. I buy this thin book with a great lay out titled, "Avant Garde Films 1955-1995".

 

At 5:30 pm I got to the concert hall. It is a very small, modern hall but has great vibes to it. The audience's seats are layed out on this great incline so when you are on the stage it feels as though the stage is on a higher plane and you are looking down on the audience.

 

In Italy, all the shows started really late (from around 10 pm) but in the Northern part of Euorpe it seems that things get started earlier. The show tonight starts at 8:30 pm, but this is still much later than Japan.

 

I think Japan is the only place in the world that has a strange system for running concert halls.  In Japan, the time when shows start are determined by the administrative staff of the hall. It pisses me off every time I think about it. I mean, concert halls are nothing more than a box or a container to put something in so, in theory the showtime should be determined by what and who is playing in the hall that night. Once I had a concert that started at twelve because I hated the Japanese system.

 

After soundcheck, I have some dinner prepared by Linda. I also have a bit of redwine.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 16

7/26/96

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The show in Paris went really well. I got stuck in a few places during the performance but all in all everything went really well. We had five encores, which set the record for this tour so far. I got to see my old friends, Zazouand otheres who came to the performance...

7/26/96

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The show in Paris went really well. I got stuck in a few places during the performance but all in all everything went really well. We had five encores, which set the record for this tour so far. I got to see my old friends, Zazouand otheres who came to the performance.

 

After the show we left Paris for London. This was the last bus ride for the European leg of the tour. We began our trip at 2 am. We finally set foot in Dover, England, at 7 am. I am woken by one of my staff to go through immigration. It sucks when you have to do this when you are sleepy. To make things worse, the immigration officer was this young girl who was a stickler for the rules type and she tortured me by interrogating me with questions. She even had the nerve to ask me if I knew the name of the ferry boat that I came on to cross theDover Straights. It always amazes me how you always find people like this in these jobs everywhere you go. And, they are always a big pain in the ass.

 

After customs, I get back on the bus. I doze off after gazing at the beautiful landscape of the English countryside for a while. By the time we get to London,i t is rush hour. Moreover, it seems that the subways were on strike on this day. Someone tells me that this has been happening every week recently. I tryto sleep but I can't because of the stop-and-go driving so I gaze out the window and try to figure out where I am but I can't. I find a sign that says SW5 so I know that we are trying to get into London from the south side.

 

Aftera three hour drive from Dover, we finally get to our apartment. We say good bye to our driver Ken, who has driven us around Europe for three weeks without ever getting us into an accident. I thank him for all of his hard work and tell him to take it easy with the bottle.

 

I totally space out for the rest of the day.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 17

7/27/96

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The show in London tonight is the last show in Europe for this tour.


At noon, I participate in a Japanese television program called "MusicStation" via a satellite broadcast. This program airs weekly on channel Asahi. I do the show because Miki Nakatani...

7/27/96

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The show in London tonight is the last show in Europe for this tour.

 

At noon, I participate in a Japanese television program called "MusicStation" via a satellite broadcast. This program airs weekly on channel Asahi. I do the show because Miki Nakatani will be on the show. She is one of the artists I produced.

 

I return to the apartment afterwards. At 3:30 a car comes to pick me up to take me to the Royal Festival Hall. We do soundcheck and the hall sounds good. My friends Yuka and Fumiya who live here in London show up to see me.

 

At 6 pm I go to the Museum of Moving Images which is located near the concert hall. There is a screening of "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" and"Wuthering Heights". I go to participate in a informal interview with the audience at this screening.

 

At 7 pm I get back to the concert hall and get changed. Afterwards, I take a moment to thank and say good bye to some of the crew who will not tour with us after tonight's show.

 

The 7:30 pm show begins. Many of those on our crew are from London and seem a bit nervous tonight. Even the musicians, including myself are a bit nervous about playing tonight. It's because we are playing in London. The criticism and fame you get here can set the standards for you for the rest of the world. The audience in London are the probably the most or the second most toughest critics in the world. They all kind of sit back in their chairs and have these expression on their faces that say, "show me what's you've got". I have had several shows here, but they were never totally rocking.

 

But things tonight were totally different. By our third song "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" Jaques almost couldn't finish his part because the applause of the audience was so great. We had four encores. I have never seen such a hot crowd in London as this evening. At the end I joked, "you guys tonight are almost like Italians". It was a perfect show, a perfect night.

 

I ask myself why is it that the trio ensemble is so popular with everybody. Why is it that when the material is more pop it doesn't go over so well. Anyway, I know the answer. It's because this trio format is more strong as music. The music is more direct and easier to understand for the public. Even the touch of my fingertips on the piano can be heard to the audience. There are no borders between the audience and us on stage to block the music.

 

With this kind of music, the audience is able to get as absorbed by the music as the musicians. I have to say my instinicts were right all along; the trio format embodies the core of what my music is all about. I should always think about the Trio as the nucleus of my music and just add on to it what I want when I think it needs more.

 

After the show, I go to greet the staff that worked on the live Internet broadcast of my show. I thank the people from Mitsubishi/Apricot UK who were the supporters for the Internet broadcast tonight.

 

Later, I have a drink with my personal guests. Roddy Frame, Michael Nyman and Eno's assistant Saffron were among the guests that showed up. But, I was most surprised to see Cynthia there. She is someone I hadn't seen for four or five years and didn't know whether she was dead or alive. Cynthia was the one who introduced me to Steve, who died of AIDS. Words can't express the memories I share with Cynthia.

 

I go back to my apartment filled with deep emotion. I hadn't eaten anything yet because I was so busy, so I go out to Kings Road to grab a bite to eat. I have a salad. I am almost faint with fatigue. When I get back to my apartment I fall onto my bed.

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the trio world tour 1996 - 18

澳大利亚土著酗酒那段和“忧郁的热带”中的描述一样,话说看“忧郁的热带”并对人类学有那么一些些了解也是因为老头的推荐

96年老头就有制作歌剧的想法了

文中提到老头想带孩子们去看他中学时的老师,孩子们指的是哪几个?


8/2/96@Sydney

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On July thirty-first we left for Sydney. We get to Sydney at five am on August second. This is the first time in my life to fly for twenty-two hours...

澳大利亚土著酗酒那段和“忧郁的热带”中的描述一样,话说看“忧郁的热带”并对人类学有那么一些些了解也是因为老头的推荐

96年老头就有制作歌剧的想法了

文中提到老头想带孩子们去看他中学时的老师,孩子们指的是哪几个?


8/2/96@Sydney

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On July thirty-first we left for Sydney. We get to Sydney at five am on August second. This is the first time in my life to fly for twenty-two hours straight. It is also my first time to visit Australia. But, I have this feeling already that I won't be coming here too much in the future.

 

After checking in the hotel, I go straight to bed. At twelve o'clock I have press interviews for TV, newspaper and radio. It ends at six pm. I was afraid that I wouldn't understand the heavy Australian accent, but it turned out it wasn't really a problem for me to understand what they were saying. But I still get nervous when I do radio and TV interviews in English.

 

I go to a Japanese restaurant near the hotel with John and Sky. The place resembles a typical Japanese tavern. There are a lot of Australians there too.The restaurant seems very popular.

 

It has been 200 years since Australia was founded. It is a land made of immigrants and there are still a lot of immigrants here. There is a China town here too. It seems there isn't much racism or prejudice here. But the native people of this land, the Aboriginees, all live in the slums. I am told that many suffer from alchoholism. This is the price one pays for having the British, French and Spanish come to your land. They just barge their way in uninvited, conquer it and act as if the land is theirs and rule it. And for thousands of years it has been this way.

 

Humans are sinful beings. When will the sinners be persecuted? When will the victims be saved?

 

I must write a requiem. Throughout my music rings the sound of a requiem for the suffering. The requiem is not about melancholy. It is to do with an anger froma deep depression. An anger towards history. An anger towards humans. An anger beyond words. It is an anger that says, "I will make you pay for what you have done to us". No matter how evil of a person you are, every man would shed their tears over their mother. It is not about mourning over something, it is way past all that. But deep down I have a feeling that nothing can ever be done to undo our history. It will be a requiem as an opera. I do not know yet where I will find the story to model my ideas on. Dostoevsky? Dante?

 

Jet lag keeps me awake all night. I was in Europe for almost a month and I have not been to this side of the Pacific for a while. I guess I have to tough this one out.

 

I have pain in my shoulders and lower back. I must be getting old.

 

I spoke to Maenaka yesterday. . Maenaka was one of my teachers in high school who taught modern literature. Ever since high school we have been friends. I invite him to all of my concerts. I am told he will not live past August because of cancer. I really want him to make it through this month so that I can see him one last time when I am there in two weeks. Perhaps this is a selfish thought. I want him to meet my children. I have learned a lot of things from Maenaka. We talked a lot about Japanese literature: Dazai, Soseki, Ooe, Yoshimoto, Kitamura and the Manyoushu.

 

The sun begins to rise in Sydney. I am supposed to be sleepy by now. I have a drink, but I am still not sleepy. I guess sometimes one has days like this.

 

In Australia, you can go straight to MSN at 19,200bps.

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the trio world tour 1996 - 19

8/3/96@Sydney

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I have never in my life been in a place so distant from Japan and yet is only one hour time difference away . Most of us usually think of the horizontal lines that mark the international time zones as being the measure of time all overthe world. Often we overlook...

8/3/96@Sydney

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I have never in my life been in a place so distant from Japan and yet is only one hour time difference away . Most of us usually think of the horizontal lines that mark the international time zones as being the measure of time all overthe world. Often we overlook the fact that the earth is round and that the lines that demarcate the international time zone runs from top to bottom of the globe and that this distance is far and wide. Being here really makes you realizes what all the lines really mean. If you go out into outer space these horizontal and vertical lines make no difference but I guess while you are on earth they do.

 

I sleep until one in the afternoon due to jet lag. I am woken up to take a phone interview from Taiwan. I am half asleep through the entire interview.

Someone tells me that to adjust one's internal body clock it is useful to expose onesself to the sun so I go out for a walk. It turns out the hotel I am staying in is located close to the red light district of Sydney. I scope the whole placeout. There are a lot of Korean run businesses in this area. There are also acouple of Japanese run businesses too. Chinatown is located a little bit further away. I am impressed again by the Chinese and Korean people's will to survive. I buy a couple of CD's. I have a cup of capuccino in a small coffee shop similar to the kind of shop you find in Kichijoji in Tokyo.

 

I hear in the news that Taka-aki Yoshimoto almost drowned and that he is in critical condition. An image of Maenaka enters my head.

 

Back in my hotel roon, I watch "Broken Arrow" and "Bird Cage"."Bird Cage" is a good movie.

 

I do a search on gernerative music on Alta Vista and get straigh to Brian Eno's web page, KOAN. I don't down load it because I am not in a good mood. I let Yasaka know about the URL and I find out he just found out about it yesterday too. I burn for "encoded music".

 

The one giga-byte of memory in my lap top is getting full so right now I don't fee llike increasing it. When I get to Tokyo I will get a 640M MO. I tell myself that there is no way of getting around trying to limit my luggage during my travels.

 

Tomorrowwe go to Melbourne.

(C)Kab America Inc.


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the trio world tour 1996 - 20

8/7/96@Sydney

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The day before yesterday we had a show in Melbourne. The place reminds me of a city in a Nordic country, really big and super clean. The concert hall was great. Even the backstage area was nice. There was no smoking allowed anywhere at the venue.


I could...

8/7/96@Sydney

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The day before yesterday we had a show in Melbourne. The place reminds me of a city in a Nordic country, really big and super clean. The concert hall was great. Even the backstage area was nice. There was no smoking allowed anywhere at the venue.

 

I could not sleep at all due to jet lag. Moreover, the bed in my hotel is really soft and I have massive pain in my lower back. I am not in good form at all. But the show here went really well.

 

Kenny Wen has joined our tour now. He plays two songs alone then comes back to play with the trio ensemble for two songs of the encore; "The Last Emperor" and "A flower Is Not A Flower". To my surprise we had al ocal warm up band I had never even heard of before our show. I find out this is required by the law.

 

I meet some people backstage before the show. There is an eight year old girl here too. She is cute. I give her a kiss on the cheek.

 

Yesterday I went back to Sydney to rest in the hotel. At four-thirty pm I go to the concert hall. During our tour in the Pacific we have a different piano and equipment everytime we have a show. We have to spend a lot of time to get the right sound every time there is a change. Mr. Shimura our PA engineer has to work super hard because of this.

 

Today we have another local warm up band on before us. Kenny Wen goes on a little after eight o'clock. He is getting a great round of applause. At eight-thirty, showtime.

 

Dueto jet lag, Jaques, our cellist has not been able to sleep since three am. I am almost faint with fatigue too. All of us were in the worst condition but somehow performed extremely well. I don't get it. How does this happen. Even in Paris and London we made a few errors throughout the shows, but tonight all of us have sailed through even the most difficult parts very smoothly. All the parts of the show gelled together perfectly for some reason, the acoustics, theaudience, the way we began the show etc.

 

We have three encores. The song "Eastern Wind" was very fast like last night. I joke to everyone that everything is this way because of the Olympics. Al Green was great. He represented the local culture of Atlanta and they should have left it at that. The opening ceremony was a mass-ive mess. I wonder if Pepo was watching it from his bed in Barcelona.

 

Today we leave for Singapore.

(C)Kab America Inc.


everything will flow

the trio world tour 1996 - 21

8/8/96@Singapore

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Today is my first show ever in Singapore. At noon, I attend a press conference held at my hotel. Scoal showers begin to fall outside during the conference.


Singapore is so clean that you don't even see one speck of waste on the streets anywhere. Jay...

8/8/96@Singapore

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Today is my first show ever in Singapore. At noon, I attend a press conference held at my hotel. Scoal showers begin to fall outside during the conference.

 

Singapore is so clean that you don't even see one speck of waste on the streets anywhere. Jay-walking is illegal here. I am kind of freaked out by the way things are so strict but the local people look content and happy. Eighty-percent of the people here are of Chinese descent, the rest are mainly Indian or Malaysian.

 

This city is the best example of a futuristic restrictive government. The Singapore and Chinese governments are censoring the Internet. Yet they have the highest percentage of people hooked up on the Internet in Asia. I am told that there are twice as many servers here than in Japan. I had read that they had information kiosks planted in the city, but I could not find any. The public telephones in the airport were the old kind, no ISDN, no open jack to goon-line. There is no connecting line to MSN here. I get on MSN by connnecting to a MSN point in Tokyo from here.

 

The concert hall is gigantic and resembles a convention center. It is very hot here so eveywhere you go the air conditioning is on full blast. So, whenever you go inside a building you end up freezing yourself to death. During rehearsal I have them turn down the air conditioning because it is way too cold.

 

The piano I have today is the worst one I've had so far on the entire tour. David, our piano tuner is really upset about this. Actually, David is not enjoying our visit to Singapore at all. He was in trouble from the moment he set foot in the airport here.

 

This was the only piano available so I agree to use it tonight. Playing this piano is like trying to tame a wild horse. In the end, I couldn't concentrate on my performance during the show because I had so much trouble with the piano. The performance did not go well at all. The acoustics in the hall was awful. I am extremely upset that I could not deliver a great performance to the audience here, especially because it is my first show in this city. After the show, I told the local promoter that I would never come back for another show unless he figures out another way to get a better piano.

 

I go to a club called "Zouk" before returning to the hotel. I meet DickLee there. We talk. I find out he was living in Japan for five years. I also find out that he is an entrepreneur and that he owns a lot of companies such as a modelling agency and a produciton company.

 

Ir eturn to the hotel drunk. I find a cat in the lobby of the hotel so I bring it back to my room.

 

Everybody in Singapore speaks English. If Japan does not learn to make English it's main language I think the country will stop growing as much as the other countries. I guess it's the peoples choice. What do I care. Korea faces a similar problem.With the development of the Internet, English only seems to become more and more the standard everyday. I hate how English is taking over everything, but it's a reality.

(C)Kab America Inc.


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