On July 11th, the Japan Day artists–huge stars back home–might just make the cherry trees blossom a second time! You can’t take your eyes off Hiromi Uehara as her fingers dance on the keys–at once playful and in total control of her instrument. She will bewitch the Club, and will be followed on stage by the superhuman performance of the three experimental burlesque musicians of H ZETTRIO.
Meanwhile, festivalgoers in the Parc Vernex will discover Akikazu Nakamura-Forest, virtuoso of the Shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese flute. He will be followed by a big band that Claude Nobs would have adored: directed by Eric Miyashiro, the 20-strong Blue Note Tokyo All Star Jazz Orchestra will showcase Japanese-Brazilian bossa nova guest star Lisa Ono. Things will kick off with Matsumoto Yurifa, Tokyo painter and singer who came up with Boyz II Men, Diva Gray, and Nathan Morris. A little later, Tomoyasu Hotei, author of Kill Bill’s "Battle Without Honor or Humanity", will shake up the crowd like he always does. Just thinking that this singer and composer with three decades in the business was the guest artist for the Rolling Stones’ Japanese Tour, we are already aquiver!
Anyone who enjoys unconventional finger-slapping guitar work cannot afford to miss the show in the Rock Cave at 10pm to discover the charismatic MIYAVI, known around the world as the “Samurai Guitarist”.