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.

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