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My works will be exhibited in Ginza soon!

もう一つのグループ展のお知らせです!

7月15日月曜より、再び東京の東銀座にあります、Art Gallery M84にコンサートフォトを2点出品いたします。

その内の1点は昨年の東京国際フォーラムで Michael Schenker Fest のギタリスト兼キーボードプレイヤー、Steve Mannさんを撮影したものです。ご本人ミュージシャンとして素晴らしいだけではなく、とても謙虚で紳士的で優しい方です。写真を気に入って下さり、マネージメントと共に作品の展示、販売を快く許可して下さりました。フォトグラファーの活動をきちんと理解、リスペクトして下さる方というのは実はそんなに多いわけではありません。本当にありがたいことです。

また、作品はコンサートフォトが映える見せ方は、と色々考えて仕上げました。ウェブで見るものとは見え方が違いますので是非実際にご覧になってください。

場所は銀座、歌舞伎座の裏にあるビルの5階です。お近くにお越しの際は是非お立ち寄り下さい。オンラインでしかお会いしたことのない方達、初めての方達、どなたでも歓迎です。皆さんのお越しをお待ちしております!

詳細:

飾りたいと思う写真展「アートの競演 2019 涼月」

全ての作品は購入可能です。

展示期間 : 2019年7月15日(月)~27日(土)

場  所 : Art Gallery M84

所 在 地 : 東京都中央区銀座4-11-3 ウインド銀座ビル5階

電  話 : 03-3248-8454

開館時間 : 10:30~19:00(最終日17:00まで)

休 館 日 : 会期中無休

入 場 料 : 無料

Art Gallery M84のページ  http://artgallery-m84.com/?p=6269

私の現在の在廊予定は毎月、水、土曜の午後3時から6時です。 ※変更になる場合もございます。

もし、これ以外の時間で是非!という方や質問がある方、メールやダイレクトメッセージでお気軽にお問い合わせください。


I am happy to announce that my another group exhibition will start soon! 

It will take place on 15 July to 27 July at M84 gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. I will be exhibiting two of my favorite shots there. This photo is one of them.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Steve Mann of Michael Schenker Fest and their management. I luckily got this shot of Steve at Tokyo International Forum in September 2018. I’m very flattered he sometimes gives me kind messages… He is a fantastic person as well as a great guitarist and keyboard player. They kindly allowed me to exhibit this photo at the gallery. I feel deeply honored to have this opportunity and really appreciate their understanding and respect for photographer’s work. They are the true rockstars!

If you are in Tokyo, please stop by. Let’s talk about photography, art and rock music!


Details:

‘Competition of Art 2019’ (group exhibition)

15 - 27 July 2019

Art Gallery M84

Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (The last day of exhibition: Close at 5pm)

Admission free

Address: 5F Wind Ginza Bldg, 4-11-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061


I will be there during 3pm-6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. See you there!

Gallery information: http://artgallery-m84.com/?p=6269


Aki’s small exhibition ‘12 minutes’ has just started today

この度7月1日から31日まで、表参道の76CAFEにコンサートフォトを7枚出品しています。

ギャラリーではありませんが、本気で展示していますので是非見にいらしてください。


’12 minutes’ ~フォトピットでの限られた12分間~

Aki Fujita Taguchi small photo exhibition 

(グループ写真展  cells - photo - vol.3 受賞者展。先日のcells展の投票で上位5位に入りました。したがって、他に4名の方の展示がございます。)


76CAFE 表参道 (東京都渋谷区神宮前4-9-2 神宮前MMビル1F)

2019年7月1日~31日

カフェの営業時間:午前11時から午後11時

Tel : 03-5786-1781

在廊予定:木曜、日曜、15時から18時(変更の場合もございます)

入場料はございませんが、カフェでのご注文をお願い致します。

作品購入等のお問い合わせはカフェスタッフではなく、直接私まで (e-mail: contact@aftphotography.tokyo) お願い致します。

またお願いがございます。差し入れは結構ですので、どうぞ手ぶらでお越しください。何か持っていかないと悪いのかな… と思われる方がいらっしゃるようですが、展示する側としては、手ぶらで気軽に来てくださる方がありがたいです。(スタッフに預ける事は出来ません)

Access (会場への地図)

https://76cafe.owst.jp

DMのデザインはAkira Nakamuraさんにお願いしました。シンプルにカッコよく作って下さいました。ありがとうございます!


My dears, I’m exhibiting my photos at 76CAFE Omotesando in Tokyo from 1st-31st of July. I’m showing 7 concert photos including my recent work. So for all music and art lovers, mark it in your calendar! 


Details:

’12 minutes’ - a limited time in the photo pit

Aki Fujita Taguchi small photo exhibition (cells-photo-vol.3 winners exhibition)

76CAFE Omotesando (4-9-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to)

1 - 31 June 2019

11AM to 11PM, Open everyday

Tel : 03-5786-1781


I’ll be there from 3pm to 6pm on, Thursday and Sunday during July. see you there!


Model: Johanna Sadonis of Lucifer

Design: Akira  Nakamura



Boyzone ‘Thank you and Goodnight Farewell Tour 2019’ w/ Brian McFadden - Toyosu Pit, Tokyo, 25 June 2019

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Irish pop vocal group Boyzone hit Tokyo on Tuesday night.  This was their first concert in Japan, and it would be the last.  Unfortunately, they’ve already announced that they would split the band at the end of this year.  So they came here during their ‘Thank You & Goodnight World Tour’ to say farewell directly to their Japanese fans.

Boyzone were formed in 1993 in Dublin, Ireland.  They once broke up in 1999 and reunited in 2007.  They were in their heyday in the 90s, but they still have a very loyal fan base especially in UK and Asia.  I saw many diehard fans came from South East Asia solely for the purpose of attending Boyzone’s Japan tour.

‘Thank You & Goodnight’ was the seventh studio album, which was released in November 2018. They are currently on their final world tour with this album.

Getting the evening started, they had the great pop singer Brian McFadden opening for them. He is a founding member of Irish boy band Westlife. We enjoyed his upbeat performance filled with his solo tracks and Westlife hits.  To my surprise, I came across one of the highlights during this opening set. 

When Brian came down to the floor and enjoyed singing and interacting with the crowd, he suddenly found a dedicated fan singing along with him very well. Brian was impressed and asked his name. Surprisingly, his name was also Bryan! (Although they are differently spelled)

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Brian asked Bryan to get up on the stage, and they sang ‘Uptown Girl’ (Westlife hit song, Billy Joel cover) together. I must say that Bryan sang the song perfectly, and also his stage presence was confident and natural. Just amazing!

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I couldn’t help interviewing with Bryan after the show because his voice and performance were really awesome. 

His name is Bryan Cubelo. He is from Philippines, lives and works in Tokyo. At first, I thought he was a professional singer, but his occupation is an English teacher. He has been a huge fan of Boyzone since 1994 and also loves Westlife. He loves to sing for two decades and has experienced many opportunities to sing in glee clubs, bands and weddings. I’m pretty sure his appearance made a big appeal to both the band and the audience.


After a short break, Boyzone took to the stage. The crowd welcomed them with deafening cries of joy. The set list was a brilliant mix of old and new songs including some covers. Keating’s sweet and husky voice mesmerized the audience.  In addition to artisitic films, their old videos were projected on the big screen one after another and the lighting was very bright throughout the night. It was a great way to remember their history of over 25 years.

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In the middle part of the show, the band paid a tribute to founder member Stephan Gately, who passed away unexpectedly in 2009 due to a heart defect. Their attitude of respect was really touching. It was clear that Stephan was still on stage with the remained four members, Ronan, Mikey, Keith and Shane. We are able to hear Stephan’s voice in ‘Dream’, the last track from their latest studio album ‘Thank You & Goodnight’. They featured Stephan’s vocals from a salvaged demo. So I guess that their whole tour must be a tribute and farewell to him. 

It was very nice to see the band members were on good terms with each other and having fun during the show. Lots of joking, smiles and hugs on stage proved that they still had a strong bond and maintained a spirit of brotherhood.

Their show was visually stunning and filled with love, laughter and happiness. We enjoyed their entertaining show and spent a delightful evening of dance and music. 


For more information on upcoming tour dates visit the band’s website and Facebook page.

Website: https://boyzonenetwork.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Boyzone/

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Member: 

Ronan Keating

Mikey Graham

Keith Duffy

Shane Lynch

Stephan Gately (passed away in 2009)


Set list: 

 1. Who We Are

 2. Love Is A Hurricane

 3. Isn’t It A Wonder

 4. Coming Home Now

 5. Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman cover)

 6. You Needed Me (Anne Murray cover)

 7. All That I Need

 8. I Love The Way You Love Me (John Michael Montgomery cover)

 9. Father & Son (Cat Stevens cover)

10. Everyday I Love You

11. Words (Bee Gees cover)

12. When You Say Nothing At All

13. Love Me For A Reason (The Osmonds cover)

14. No Matter What

15. When The Going Gets Tough (Billy Ocean cover)

16. A Different Beat


Encore:

17. Life Is A Rollercoaster (Ronan Keating song)

18. Picture Of You


Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi 

Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi


- Bonus chapter - interview with Bryan Cubelo

Jessica and I caught Bryan after the show and interviewed with him.

Firstly, all of you should watch these videos captured by Jessica GU.


Brian Mcfadden snuck into the crowd and found Bryan. They sang together ‘My Love’ on the floor. (Video by Jessica GU)

Uptown Girl, Brian Mcfadden with Bryan. (Video by Jessica GU)



Hi Bryan, we really enjoyed your amazing performance with Brian Mcfadden. You have a great voice!

B: Thank you so much!


Where are you from and How long have you been in Japan?

B: I’m from Philippines and I’v lived in Tokyo almost 2 years.


Oh, you reminded me of Arnel Pineda, the current singer of Journey. He is from Philippines as well. 

What’s your occupation? I thought you were a professional singer!

B: No, but thank you. It’s a great honor. I love singing, but I’m an English teacher.


That’s great. I know that many Pilipinos teaches English in Japan.

When did you start singing?

B: I think it was almost 20 years ago. All my family love music.

I have experienced many opportunities to sing in bands, glee clubs, weddings and many more.


Have you ever experienced to sing on a big stage like this? 

B: No, I’ve done it on smaller stages… It was just amazing!


How long have you been a fan of Boyzone?

B: Since 1994. 


Wow, you have been a diehard fan as I expected!

What are your top 3 favorite bands? (except Boyzone and Westlife)

B: U2, Coldplay, Maroon 5.


U2 are coming to Japan this winter. Have you got your ticket? 

B: Not yet. I’d love to see their show!


What are your top 3 Boyzone songs?

B: 1. Key To My Life, 2. Picture Of You,  3. Love Me For A reason


What do you like about Japan?

B:

1. City. There are many interesting areas in Tokyo, such as Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi, Night life is fun too.

2. People. Japanese people are very kind and polite.

3. Culture. The mix of modern and traditional culture is really nice.


Do you have any message to the band?

B: I’m wishing you all the best.  Good luck on your new venture!


Thank you for your time Bryan. Again, your performance made a big impact on us. 

I’d love to see your show on the big stage again!

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Interview by Jessica and Aki, Photos by Aki, Videos by Jessica GU.

(Thank you Jessica GU for making this happen and sharing these great videos!)


Lucifer – Club Quattro, Tokyo, 10 June 2019

Swedish heavy rock band Lucifer were back in Tokyo on rainy Monday night and I had a great pleasure photographing these psychedelic rockers.  The Japanese dedicated audience welcomed their second appearance in Japan.


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Lucifer were formed in Berlin in 2014 by The Oath singer Johanna Sadonis. Their debut album ‘Lucifer I’ was released in 2015 via Rise Above Records and it was critically acclaimed. In 2016, they moved their base to Stockholm. Through several member changes, the second album ‘Lucifer II’ was released in July 2018 via Century Media Records. 

Lucifer offer a pretty unique sound. Their first album appealed to many doom and metal fans, whereas the second album reached to the wider audience with their refined 70’s heavy rock sound. 

They are heavily inspired by early Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Öyster Cult, as well as the bands such as Fleetwood Mac and Heart. Especially, the joining of Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric, ex- Entombed, MC5  and many more) obviously added the depth and the great diversity to the band.

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They started with ‘Faux Pharaoh’ the final track of their latest album ‘Lucifer II’ and the Tokyo crowd were hooked from the first song. ‘Abracadabra’ the first track from their debut album‘Lucifer I’ followed. The room was immediately filled with their fantastic atmosphere. 

The band played the songs mostly from their two splendid studio albums, ‘Lucifer I’ and ‘Lucifer II’. Some cover songs were also included in the set. 

Johanna looked good in white dress with tasseled sleeves. Needless to say, her sublime beauty mesmerized the audience. Her soulful vocals were even more amazing and her stage presence was impressive throughout the night. She often squirmed her body and played the tambourine, drinking white wine from the bottle. We couldn’t take our eyes off the gorgeous frontwoman. She didn’t interact with the crowd so much and stayed beautiful charismatic diva.

The whole band looked like they were from the 70’s with their vintage look such as long curly hair, mustaches and tight bell bottom pants. But multi-instrumentalist Nicke Andersson looked a bit different. I think he brought a good spice to the band both musically and physically, and his role is apparently quite big.

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I had never seen them before, but I was really inspired by five-piece great Swedish band. Their heavy guitar riffs reminded me of Black Sabbath, and her sultry vocals and stage performance were highly addictive. I was totally blown away by their energy, their enthusiasm, and their dedication to the music. I feel incredibly fortunate to have witnessed Lucifer’s live and the most charismatic frontwoman.

They played a new song in their set and announced that they were working on new album. I am truly thrilled to listen to ‘Lucifer III’ and looking forward to seeing their live again in Japan.

Check out their updates on their Facebook page.

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/luciferofficial/


Member:

Johanna Sadonis (vocals)

Nicke Andersson (drums)

Alexander Mayr (bass)

Martin Nordin (guitar)

Linus Björklund (guitar)

Set list: 

 1. Faux Pharaoh

 2. Abracadabra

 3. Eyes In The Sky

 4. Dreamer

 5. Phoenix

 6. Dancing With Mr. D (The Rolling Stones cover)

 7. Aton

 8. Izrael

 9. Ghosts

10. Take Me Away (Paul Stanley cover)

11. Morning Star

12. Purple Pyramid

13. Bomber (Motörhead cover)

14. Reaper On Your Heels

Encore:

15. Anubis

16. Before The Sun

17. Snowblind (Black Sabbath cover)

18. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (ZZ Top cover)

19. California Son


Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi 

Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi


Toto ‘40 Trips Around The Sun Tour’ at Budokan in Tokyo, on February 20, 2019

Toto performed a sold out show at Budokan in Tokyo on Wednesday night and I had the extreme pleasure of photographing the rock legends.


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Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. They came to Japan as a part ’40 Trips Around The Sun Tour’ for showcasing their best album with the same title, which was released in 2018. 

The historical venue Budokan is located in the center of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace. It was originally built for the judo competition in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

It is the indoor arena with a capacity of 13,000 people and the most famous concert venue in Japan.

The Beatles were the first rock band to played at Budokan in 1966. Since then, many famous rock music acts have played there. 

Further more, several live albums were recorded at Budokan, including releases by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Cheap Trick, to name a few.

Most Japanese indie bands dream of playing at Budokan, because it’s the proof of big success. I have always been dreaming of photographing concerts here too. I have seen countless concerts at Budokan since I was a child. As you can imagine, working as a photographer here means a lot for me.


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The band opened with the new song ‘Devil’s Tower’ from their latest greatest hits album ’40 Trips Around The Sun’. They originally recorded this track with Jeff and Mike Porcaro back in 1981. (Drummer Jeff Porcaro is one of the founding members of Toto, passed away in 1992. Bass player Mike Porcaro passed away in 2015.) 

It is the perfect choice for opening the show to celebrate 40 years of their history and showing respect to their former members. 

They continued with ‘Hold the Line’ from their self-titled debut album. This song brought a lot of excitement to the audience. 

Toto’s set was the great combination of their new and old tracks including some covers, and it satisfied their fans of all ages.

Especially, the crowd welcomed their favorite party song ‘Rosanna’, singing along loudly.

Then, they brought some chairs on stage and played some fantastic acoustic tunes, sitting on them. In this beautiful set, Steve Lukather looked back their 40 years of musical history and told brief story on each song in a relaxed way.


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Needless to say, Toto are the musicians with amazing skills and their stage presence were impressive throughout the show. 

The voice of lead singer Joseph Williams was rich and strong. To my surprise, most of their members have amazing voices. They constantly added beautiful chorus and sometimes took lead vocal. That is absolutely their advantageous point and creates their unique sound.

I have to mention that the new keyboard player Dominique “Zavier” Taplin completely knocked out the audience. He joined this tour to make up with the absence of founding member David Paich. Dominique played with Prince before and his creative and passionate performance was totally fantastic. 

Without a doubt, the climax of this night was an extended version of ‘Africa’. The audience put on their cellphone lights and waved them slowly, singing along it. The Budokan was filled with crowd and also filled with numerous white lights. That beautiful scenery evoked the image of the Milky Way. It really touched my heart and I was almost crying. 

They have been classified as rock, AOR, fusion, pop, and so many others.But there is no point categorizing them. All you need is just listening to their masterpieces and enjoying them!


Toto official website: http://totoofficial.com


Tour member: 

Steve Lukather(G,Vo)

Steve Porcaro(Kb)

Joseph Williams(Vo)

Shannon Forest(Ds)

Lenny Castro(Perc)

Warren Ham(Sax, Cho)

Shem von Schroeck(B, Cho)

Dominique “Zavier” Taplin(Kb)


Setlist:

1. Devil’s Tower

2. Hold the Line

3. Lovers in the Night

4. Alone

5. I Will Remember

6. English Eyes

7. Jake to the Bone

8. Rosanna

Acoustic

9. Georgy Porgy

10. Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover)

11. I’ll Be Over You

12. No Love

13. Stop Loving You

14. Girl Goodbye

15. Lion

16. Dune (Desert Theme)

17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover)

18. Make Believe

19. Africa

Encore:

20. Home of the Brave

Words and photos by Aki Fujita Taguchi 

Proofreading by Yosuke Taguchi

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