|JAKARTA AND JAPAN TOUR, WINTER 2006 (Nov 19-Dec 14) -- Part 3|
|9/20/2018 9:12:28 AM - (cont'd)|
The performances I think went well, and David seemed happy with the turn out and response. While we were more together the second night and had a larger audience (I'm guessing over a thousand, maybe near 2,000 -- hard to tell in such a space), the first night had a better vibe with wonderful call and response from the audience, especially on "Crave." "Remember" also seemed to be a crowd favorite, which was awesome considering it is a completely new track to their ears, as well as "The Right Time," which drew cheers at the break down in the middle -- this track is also slated to be the promo video clip piece Demajors is now putting together. We had a bit of a potential disaster the first night, however, in that the computer and program wouldn't run on the first song! While Sasha scrambled to figure out what went wrong, I decided we couldn't just stand up there and do nothing and look completely stupid -- after all, we ARE all musicians and regardless of the computer, we should be able to perform, even without a bassist. So we started with "Play It By Ear" as was the beginning of our set, just George, myself and Masa. Fortunately this is a tune many in the audience recognized and even sang along with, so we were met with approving cheers at the end of the song. By then Sasha had trouble shooted the situation and the program was up and running again. We later learned that power outs and surges are common there and such was the case this time, and Sasha just needed to restart the computer. Whew!!
Our only other disaster was that all of us (except Nikita, thankfully) got weak stomaches and hit with diarrhea. Sasha was practically bedridden for 2 days straight, and I was running back and forth to the bathroom minutes before my second stage. This carried over into Japan nearly a week from when it started. all I can say is that with our bodies already weakened from jetlag and general fatigue, the dubious water in Jakarta, and extremely oily, spicy, heavy and at time unfamiliar cuisine, it just did us in. I nearly cried sitting down to my first Japanese meal when I finally got to Japan. It was like coming home to comfort food.
On the morning of the first performance, I had a really wonderful experience: Nikita and I were roaming around in the hotel -- oddly, the hotel had two main entrances. One of the entrance way and front lounge area had a more Indonesian feel to it, with ornate ceilings and antique looking statues, and an area where there was a slight platform with gamelon instruments, indicating there would be musicians playing them. I love gamelons, have always snuck some of the sounds into many of my productions, and one of my first requests when I arrived to David was that I really wanted to see a gamelon ensemble perform. I got my wish that day as the hotel's gamelon ensemble were playing. I immediately called Masa in his room, who was napping (he always seemed to be sleeping!) to let him know. I was so in awe and so happy that Nikita was going to get to see and hear them, and went right to the front (no one else was really paying much attention) and sat down on the cold floors to try and show some respect, as the musicians too were sitting down. The woman singing made gestures for us to come and sit with them, which we did. Nikita was given a mallet and started playing one of the instruments, led by one of the musicians. It was AWESOME. I was so happy I couldn't stop smiling. Masa soon arrived, and he was next in line to sit in with them. I could kick myself for not having a camera with me then!!! Unfortunately, after that day, I never was able to catch any of their performances, but I still get butterflies in my stomach from the excitement I felt remembering the sounds.
(cont'd in part 4)
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