Diary: New Year’s Holiday “Kojo Piano Club” Friends Music Party

Ren-san, Dave and Hamazaki-san at Kojo Piano Club party
having laffs with my pals Ren-san – Left (master of Piano Bar) who played some John Cage-ish piano composition, and Hama-san who served as MC and due to his recent birthday, received a groovy hat gift from Ryoko and me

Note: In the day’s between / around New Year’s – there are plenty of activities… today’s activities include hanged up the New Year’s decoration, drinking all the coffee to try to wake up & thwart headache, then going to an afternoon friends party/talent show where we will be singing a duet with Ryoko on piano.

Our selection is a modified (taking out the sort of dodgy creepy lyrics) version of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” with an arrangement vaguely based on this lovely scene in TV programme “The Crown” season 1. 

Do not expect video documentation of our performance though we diligently practiced and made a special vocal arrangement with some trade offs and whatnot. 

However, I will present some insta-photos as evidence and to provide a bit of flavour of the 5th annual Kojo Piano Club (there was even a theme song) party / event in which all the friends (many of whom, perform or learn together) perform music in various ensembles, plus usual eating, drinking and frivolity. 

Update: In case you were wondering, our song went pretty good… A lot of fun musical performances, the floor filled with sheet music… So much wonderful food! Sushi to pizza to cheesecake and many points in between.

My kaki (persimmon) jam with well received as well as my “show and tell” item of two recent books of postboxes and paintings.

Thanks to Sachiko Kojo & awesome husband for hosting.

Kojo-san (the master) and Dave
Kojo-san was the party host/master and shredded on piano like no big deal. Also Dave who brought kaki jam and books and hats and sake :)
Mitsuko, Sachiko, Kobayahsi and Yano performed as the Lei-leis - a remix of Mae Maes but with Ukuleles (and percussion) Kazuko was also playing on guitar (not seen) 
Mitsuko, Sachiko, Kobayahsi and Yano performed as the Lei-leis – a remix of Mae Maes but with Ukuleles (and percussion) Kazuko was also playing on guitar (not seen)
Kazuko-san (plays piano in Mae Maes but guitar in this case), Mitsuko-san (percussion), Sachiko-san (tenor ukulele), Kobayashi-san (soprano ukulele) and Yano-san (bass ukulele)
oh here’s all the Lei Leis with Kazuko-san (plays piano in Mae Maes but guitar in this case), Mitsuko-san (percussion), Sachiko-san (tenor ukulele), Kobayashi-san (soprano ukulele) and Yano-san (bass ukulele)
L-R Kazuko-san, Mitsuko-san, Ryoko-san and Yano-san geeking out on a project
as these friends often play together in various bands, and all read music  well, there is often musical scores / sheet music compared, exchanged, reviewed, annotated etc – as seen here with L-R Kazuko-san, Mitsuko-san, Ryoko-san and Yano-san geeking out on a project
sushi and sashimi at Kojo Piano Club party
finally, a completely underwhelming representation of the food served at the party which went on and on including classic sashimi/sushi, cheese plates to a few ordered pizzas to round it out – whoa!