MUSASHI: Music From The East – A One Night Only Performance In Kuala Lumpur

Curious about the sounds of traditional Japanese music? Four master musicians will be in town on February 11 for MUSASHI: Music From The East – a one-night only performance at Rex KL.

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Here exclusively on invitation by The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur, the four are Nobuto Yamanaka on the tsugaru-shamisen (a three-stringed instrument with a distinctive lilt, inspired by the Chinese sanxian), Satoshi Katano on the shinobue (bamboo flute), and Taka and Junya Tsukamoto on the Wadaiko (Japanese drums). The show will feature a wide range of Japanese songs, from traditional to the contemporary.


Nobuto Yamanaka (tsugaru-shamisen)

After graduating from intermediate school at the age of 15, Yamanaka became a live-in apprentice to the late Tsugaru-shamisen master Yamada Chisato for four years, before becoming a master of the tsugaru-shamisen.

In 2018, he was inducted into the hall of fame after becoming a three-time winner in the A-class division of the Tsugaru Shamisen World Tournament, as well as three time champion of the Tsugaru Shamisen’s National Competition. His powerful style of playing and well emoted sounds has earned him a reputation that transcends the shamisen, and he is frequently involved in performances of different genres. To date he has performed in over 38 countries.

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Satoshi Katano (Shinobue – Bamboo Flute)

Born in Chiba, Katano began playing music when he was just nine, influenced by his father. He started a solo career as a shinobue player in 2008 and won the National Yokobue (Cross Flute) contest in 2013, and the All-Japan Yokobue Contest in 2017 and 2019, among other accolades. Currently based in Fukuoka, he continues playing the Shinobue while working as a boatman.


TAKA (Wadaiko – Japanese drum)

TAKA is an award-winning Wadaiko player and Japanese calligrapher. He started playing Wadaiko since he was seven years old. After graduation, he started to work as a solo Wadaiko player in earnest, and opened a Wadaiko class “DAGAKU” in 2009. In 2013, he formed a performance group “Wadaiko Akatsuki”.TAKA won the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award as the best Otaiko (large drum) player at the “World Wadaiko Uchikurabe Contest” in Okaya Taiko Festa in 2015. In 2017, he won the same prize in the ensemble taiko drumming section. In 2019, TAKA was awarded the Prefectural Governor Award as the best drummer in a single drumming contest in “OTAIKO HIBIKI Festival”. He is currently studying tsugaru-shamisen under master Yamanaka Nobuto.


Junya Tsukamoto (Wadaiko – Japanese Drum)

Tsukamoto started playing the Wadaiko when he was just five.  In 2012, he performed with Kanjani Eight (a famous Japanese boy band group) on Kohaku Uta Gassen, a famous Japanese TV show. He then joined
“Wadaiko Akatsuki” in 2013 and won an Excellence Prize in the soloist division of “Fujisan Otaiko Uchikurabe Contest” the following year. In 2018, he toured three countries in Central and South America and has performed in over nine countries to date. Not one to rest on his laurels, Tsukamoto is studying both the tsugaru-shamisen and shinobue instruments.


Date/Time: 11 February (Tuesday), *8:30 PM
*Time subject to change

Venue: REXKL, 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Admission: RM45 (General), RM25 (Students, Senior, Disabled, JFKL members) via

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Amoy Street Bloc Party Returns to Singapore April 23 2017

Get ready for a night of street partying and fun as the much anticipated 2nd edition of Amoy St Bloc Party makes its way to the streets of Singapore this 23 April 2017! Curated by homegrown brand Spa Esprit Group, last year’s inaugural edition – New Kids on the Bloc – was a huge success and saw the busy district of Amoy transformed into a celebration of food, drinks, play and music, with over 3,000 partygoers thronging the streets.

This time around, the party starts from 3pm to 10pm – where guests can get acquainted with participating restaurants and tuck into delicious food and booze from establishments such as Ding Dong, boCHINche, Birds of a Feather, Employees Only, Le Binchotan, Burger Joint, Maggie Joan’s and Gemmills There will also be a wide variety of vendors, exciting activities and live performances in collaboration with Sunshine Nation, featuring local music acts and an exciting headliner.      

Check out stuff at the arts/culture/food bazaar.

Try to nap in random hammocks.. if you can

Meet local artisans and makers

While the official ‘ending’ time of the fest is at 10pm, revellers can still continue their party at DingDong until midnight.


I know you’ve just been waiting for this part: entrance is absolutely FREE.

So BLOC your dates !

Escape the Fate Live in Malaysia 2016 @ KL Live

Four years.

Four years since I last attended a concert (not counting Urbanscapes, it’s The Cranberries at Stadium Merdeka back in 2012).

Dayum I feel old. I guess my headbanging days are well and truly over….


…until I saw that Escape the Fate was coming to Malaysia! 🙂

This rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada consists of Craig Mabbit (of Blessthefall and The Word Alive fame), Robert Ortiz (drummer), TJ Bell (rhythm guitarist and vocalist), Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft (lead guitarist) and touring musician Max Georgiev (bassist). Over the years, the line up has changed, so Ortiz is the only original founding member of the band. Their current sound, to me, falls along the line of bands such as Sleeping with Sirens and Avenged Sevenfold (post hardcore/emo/screamo/hard rock).

I roped a friend to go along with me to the show at KL Live. Traffic was super bad that evening, was almost late to the show. When we got there though, the place was painfully empty… ._.


KL Live’s venue is divided into an upper mezzanine floor which looks down into the ‘mosh pit’ area. The ‘crowd’ upstairs was ONE row of people leaning over the railing, so we had a pretty clear view. But since there weren’t many people, it meant that we were easy pickings for the overzealous ushers – first they said we couldn’t take videos, then decided that we couldn’t take any pictures as well. So I don’t have any photos of the band performing .__.


Opening act (forgot the name, sorry :P)! They did their best at getting the ‘crowd’ warmed up, but all in all the crowd that night wasn’t very enthusiastic  – I think my friend and I were the only ones really going full head bang (on the second floor, at least). It was livelier downstairs.

You know lah, Malaysians are quite shy xD  

ETF came out and played an awesome hour-long set – including some of my favourites like Remember Every Scar and Hate Me, but also quite a number of songs from their older albums that I didn’t know (I only started listening to them recently). But they had a nice balance of high energy tracks mixed with mellower, sing-along songs.


D and I after the show.

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Got hungry coz haven’t had dinner yet before jumping straight in to the show, so we walked about 15mins to Bukit Bintang for McDonalds.

This is just a random post to remind me years later that I once went for an ETF show.

Til next time! 🙂


30 Day Challenge – Day 20

Is it Day 20 already? wow. 10 more days til completion! Can’t believe I’ve been at it faithfully for 20 days. Sure, I missed a couple of days here and there but I always made up for it by doing two or three in a day. Anyway.

Concerts I have attended. 

I was a big fan of gigs and music concerts when I was with my ex. So I dragged him along to gigs by local bands and indie festivals. But my first major concert was Tokio Hotel back in 2009.


The experience was interesting, to say the least. I was a huge fan of TH in my Diploma days (fangirl-dom, ha!). Lined up at the venue since morning armed with an umbrella to protect from the blazing sun. It started raining around evening, and we were stuck for two hours in the cold til they finally came out to perform. Dayum it was worth it. They can really perform well live. The problem with Malaysian crowds is that they’re not very responsive, so only me and CK were jumping like crazy. A couple of other teenagers nearby told us “Dude, you really look like you’re enjoying yourself.” Well of course. It was my first concert. Derp.

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I went for The Cranberries live last year, with my designer, Joey, back at the mag I used to work for. She got free tix, and I grew up listening to this legendary band so it was perfect. The crowd knew every song off by heart, so it was like a giant sing-along. Dolores-O-Riordan can really belt it even at 40 plus (and she looks hot to boot). It was also the first time I was in such a big stadium.

Other than that, I’ve been to smaller scale ones like Urbanscapes (featuring Yuna), gigs at The Bee by Free Deserters, The Metaphor and OJLaw, Hidden Sessions Vol.4 at The Actors Studio @Lot 10, and a couple more local stuff. I haven’t had time (or people who are interested) to go to gigs with me so far. ;w; It’s been ages since my last concert.

Til next post!