WaFoo Chamber Unit @ Tuttoriso in Staten Island, NY

Yuuki Koike (Flute, Alto Sax)
Eiji Obata (Guitar)
Kazuo Nakamura (Bass)
Ippei Ichimaru (Percussion)

It was not just warm but humid and lukewarm day, perfect setting for the day of Halloween. How was your Halloween, everyone? WaFoo came back to our favorite place, Tuttoriso, and jammed a bit. Our good friend, Eiji, helped us grooving on good notes.




By the way, on the way home, there was a pack of people going to Halloween parade and I literally saw all kinds of people (and non-people), from the men from the galaxy far far away to the bearer of my precious to the cursed pirates from the Caribbean. I think I saw every character of Disney, 10 Spider-Men and his villains, Snow White, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Marvel superheroes, and other characters which I could not really identify. Oh yes, to which I might add, I could not take my eyes off of those young ladies who should have been more warmly attired.

That was a fun and special night. Maybe I should put on some costume next year. Well, that's a big maybe.

(I put more pictures in here)

Illustration: 今日もわんパグ

Staten Island Ferry


Snapshots from Staten Island Ferry. The sky was covered with cloud and it was dark even before the noon.


This place was the car deck before 9/11. Preventing the terrorism by IED, we are not able to use it any more. Back then, the ferry was the cheapest way to come to Staten Island by car.


Brooklyn Public Library


Usually I go to the library in Manhattan, but came to the one in Brooklyn on that day.

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch


This is Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe, The Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch.


Russian Pastery


Russians made two of the greatest inventions; Tetris and Russian pastries. People say Vodka and Periodic table are two of the greatest inventions of Russia but, comparing to Tetris and pastries, the impact to the world is so small. Russian pastries are bloody excellent. The one on the pic is called Pirog, the pie filled with the paste of walnuts and blue berries.

I have to watch out for the calorie though.


New York Public Library


The paintings on the ceiling and the wall on the third floor. Wow, I have never noticed that there were such great paintings in here. The tourists in there were taking the pictures of them and I finally realized they were there.


30-day unlimited pass


Do you know what this is? A 30-day pass of subways? You are way off. This is the remedy for my seasonal depressive disorder. Now the wedding season had ended, I quite often stay at home and that makes me low energy. This pass will force me to go to the outside world, go and see shows, say hi to all the performers, give them my business cards and make some connections.


International String Trio in Portsmouth, RI


A wedding gig in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with International String Trio. It was drizzling on and off and that made whole scenery illusory.

Ben Powell (Violin)
Slava Tolstoy (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)


New York Public Library


I came back to New York Public Library. Some newly-wed couple were taking the commemorative photos in front of the famous statue of lion. This is quite an odd place to see newly-wed but maybe this is a great site to take the photos because the whole view is really New York looking.


WaFoo @ Staten Island Jazz Festival

Yuuki Koike (Flute)
Takeshi Asai (Keyboard)
Kazuo Nakamura (Bass)
Ippei Ichimaru (Shamisen, Cello, Percussion)

Staten Island, New York is WaFoo's foothold, We just participated in the Staten Island Jazz Festival for the first time. Well, it was very first time for us to perform at any kind of jazz festival, period. That was our big challenge. Our music has a fragrance of jazz but not that much. We were not sure how the jazz funs were going to respond to our music. After our performance, the kind audiences gave us a round of applause. That answered our question. It was a very fruitful concert for WaFoo.


Takeshi was in fast asleep at the green room. Well, we performers quite often have to wait for a long time at any kind of festivals. I actually have another close-up photo of him which is 200 times funnier but I won't put it in here. I have mercy on him. That's the way of samurai.


The green room was at the downstairs of the church right on the back of the music hall. The room was a bit chilly because the performers were going in and out all the time, and each time they open the door, the cold air came into the room. Yuuki, but weren't you exaggerating a little bit. You were turning a Marshmallow Man.


Our friends, Erika Kapin the violinist and Maiko Ono the drummer, were also at the festival --- and also were waiting for a long time at the same green room. They went on the stage right before us and were playing Erika's super hard compositions like nothing. (Maiko kindly took a lot of pics while we were playing. Many thanks, Maiko!)


After the festival, we went to all-you-can-eat sushi in Brooklyn and literary did all- we-can-eat. This is the part we enjoy the most.

WaFoo Chamber Unit @ Tuttoriso in Staten Island, NY

Yuuki Koike (Flute, Alto Sax)
Takeshi Asai (Keyboard)
Kazuo Nakamura (Bass)
Ippei Ichimaru (Percussion)


WaFoo played at the organic restaurant where we usually play every week before the festival. I brought a riq, the Middle-Eastern tambourine, and an ukulele which I borrowed from my friend Kelly. I use a tambourine a lot in this band so riq fit right in, and the uke also add interesting atmosphere to WaFoo. We do not have a guitarist in the band so this kind of strumming instrument fill in the missing area of our music.

I decided not to add any more instruments on top of 10+ instruments that I play, but it looks like I have to learn another instrument...... Just like 10 instruments are not enough.....


The 500th Entry Mark!!




This is the 500th entry mark. To celebrate this special occasion, I renewed the design of the site. Well, if you are reading my blog on FaceBook, nothing had changed. (If you are reading on FaceBook and if you are curious, my real blog site is here and that is where all the entries have been imported from.

Comparing to videos, I feel writings, like blogs, have more heart in them. What is more, I can read and write on whenever I want, I can read fun entries again and again, and you don't have to read at all if you don't feel like it. I love this freeness of blog.

This is fun doing it. I will keep jotting down stuff.

Art works by Mr. Tim Moran

T.G.Moran ©2009


We were chatting with the audience after the WaFoo's concert at a church on the last Saturday and a gentleman came up to us with his iPhone and said, "Hey, I drew you guys on my iPhone." Then he showed us a couple of drawings on the tiny screen of his iPhone. Mr. Tim Moran, the professional artist, drew the pics of two of the members, Yuuki & me, in such a short period of time using the application called "Brushes" on iPhone. Wow, they are amazing pics! He drew them while we were performing. About half a year ago, the cover of The New Yorker magazine was drawn the same way and that was the hot topic back then. (Here is the article. There is an interesting movie how it was drawn on that page). Well, I could not believe if anybody could really draw a picture on the tiny screen of iPhone just using fingers until I saw the actual drawings on THE tiny screen with my own eyes. They are energetic pics. I can almost hear the groove coming out from these drawings. Tim said that he would come to our show again and draw the rest of the members.

Tim, Thank you very very much for such a wonderful gift. We are looking forward to seeing you again in our future concert.
T.G.Moran ©2009


Apple store on 5th Ave at midnight






"What the ...?"

Around 11pm, I was, as always, wasting my precious time of life on internet surfing with my MacBook. Then, "Battery Low" sign popped up out of blue. The power cable should have been connected but I saw the light of the power cable was not lit, which meant the power cable was not connected. Mmm? I also was noticing for a while that there was a slight smell of something burning in the air. I was thinking that my roommates burnt something again while cooking. I was so surprised when I saw the power cable. A part of its white cable turned dark yellow and it was literally burning hot. It looks like the wire inside was cut after years of overuse. That was a close call. I almost started a fire.

I unplugged it and avoided the inferno, but that makes me unable to use the computer. Well, can you guess what I did? I all of a sudden remember that the Apple retail store on 5th Ave opens 24 hours, so I hit the street immediately, got there and grub the stuff, then came back around 2am and continued wasting my life on computer. I realized that I was a junkie!


Sarina Suno Quartet @ Thailand Cafe

Sarina Suno (Violin)
Hara Luca Garacci (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)
Ian Miller (Drums)


The regular gig at Thailand Cafe. Ian the drummer and I were somehow playing the groove so much tightly than usual. Something was right today. What a great feeling.

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