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Music Performance Review: Kirin Ichiban Festival 2011

Had an awesome time last night at Clark Quay thanks to Kirin Beer Singapore for organising the event!

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The live performance by KUNI-KEN, Takahiro Ueno and Hifana were simply dazzling.
Took plenty of videos of the performance and photos.

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an endless supply of Kirin beer and japanese food for the night kept my tummy happy while I enjoyed the great performance.

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The way KUNI-KEN is able to change the pitch of the shamisen so easily to adapt with the different songs, is totally skillful!

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I love how they made the effort of speaking english when introducing their songs, and speaking simple japanese during the talks. During the talk, KUNI-KEN was showing the shamisen, and how the shamisen had Kirin logo “magically” on their shamisen. keke.

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I wonder, how many papers of notes was made to prepare for this performance ~
KUNI-KEN performed medley of various songs of theirs and of other musicians and also a collaboration with Takahiro, such as Funky Time, Realize, Progress, Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”, have left the night’s mood totally hype high!

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2nd half of the performance – KUNI-KEN have changed their performance clothes.

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The infusion of shamisen electrified the performance! Loves it! Totally enjoyed myself.

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Takahiro’s first appearance was the collaboration with KUNI-KEN. There was a mischievous part of Takahiro when he used the escalator dance that cause a slight short disappearance period causing Kuniaki giving an “ah, where is he look” and a slight pause of the shamisen.

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No photos was taken during “Mr Handsome” performance as I was recording the performance, whereas the other two performance – Mr. Takahiro had moved around the stage and audience corner too much! That I opt for photo-taking instead. His performance started with his “dream – Mr Handsome”, the “student – Takahiro” and the “strong Takahiro after drinking Kirin”.

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the “strong Takahiro after drinking Kirin” performance~

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During the talk, Takahiro explained how he keeps fit by drinking Kirin, and how he was able to dance marvelously by keeping a child mindset where curiosity of even the slightest item can be used for a performance.

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The 2nd half performance with KUNI-KEN. Collaboration performances gives additional marks as both KUNI-KEN and Takahiro was playing around with the music and dancing.

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one of my favourite part of the collaboration performance.

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A successful collaboration, and the first overseas collaboration for both KUNI-KEN and Takahiro, apparently they promised to perform again overseas after their first surprise collaboration in Japan, and they DID, thanks to Kirin Beer Singapore!

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I hoped you enjoyed my review as much as I enjoyed writing the post. And have a funky sunday!

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