Jarmo Saari (ヤルモ・サーリ)が自分の公式サイトで5月の東京公演
22.5.2007（多分、この日付は書き間違い） :: LIFE AFTER JAPAN ::
tokyo absolutely blew my mind! haven't seen anything like it: so modern, groovy,intense, complex, colorfull... for a finn who's used to all the space and silence.i have so many new friends who were so helpful and sincere to us. i stayed in a nice hotel near gotanda station with tmu and actually had lots of time to wander around the (huge!) city. it was great to learn about the exciting and versatile culture whether it was about food, city life, ancient history, religion or japanese typing. I found some (official?) jeff beck bootlegs and tmu some japanese noise and power rock to bring home. and of course totoro! the ghibli museum was wonderful.
the finnish bands played great showcases. my favorites were von hertzen brothers,alamaailman vasarat and memnon. we also had outstanding japanese opening acts,thanks to our coordinator, organizer tomoyuki ohsawa, who did a great job with his associates and contacts. thank you!
it is demanding to play solo, as you can imagine. it is twice as demanding, but also twice as rewarding to play solo abroad! sometimes i wonder why i do it! one listener said solu was very soulful. that really touched me. i don't want to do tricks with technique or electronics. rather move people, create atmospheres and tell something important about me. it can be both personal and universal.and i must praise the audience in tokyo: so intense, encouraging and friendly! there's something about finns and japanese that feels really good!
tapio, my record label chief is familiar with tokyo and he introduced us to many local musicians, artists and music lovers. i'm listening to one of my many new japanese cd's right now. anyway, it's impossible to express how important and inspirational it was to visit tokyo and actually perform there. thank you: tapio, tmu, tom, noriko, pauliina, jutta, fellow musicians, dabu, hiroshi and all the rest!