I accompanied with voice and stage actress, Chiaki Omigawa on her event.

Hi I wrote I will update this blog more frequently but cannot. I’m a liar. m(._.)m

Already 3 months have passed this year. ^_^;

Already 4 days have passed from this event.

My excuse is because my tax declaration didn’t finish. This often happens on any sole proprietor.

No. This is just an excuse. Very sorry. m(._.)m

OK, now I’m ready. I did join to the event.

Continuing with Satomi Arai, this is also a very beautiful voice and stage actress, Chiaki Omigawa’s event.

Chiaki is ready to perform

How to say about this luck, recently I’ve been joining to the beautiful ladies’ events and perform. I may receive divine punishment…

Chiaki, Aruhi and me. Hey KAZ where are you looking at?

The reason why I didn’t announce about this was because the tickets had been already sold out. Chiaki was anxious to have small event for small numbers of audience. The former part was Chiaki’s recitation. The latter was the music live which I joined together.

The former recitation was also excellent. Aruhi improvised her piano according to Chiaki’s performance and she controlled piano’s dynamics in realtime with Chiaki’s dynamics. This is very excellent live performance.

As for the latter part, 5 songs were performed involving the song ‘Promise for Someday’ which I wrote for Chiaki. (The lyrics was written by Chiaki. I’m looking forward to release this song on streaming service.) Aruhi’s piano and my acoustic guitar accompanied with Chiaki’s vocal. What is called as ‘Duo Accompaniment’.

 

This was my first live performance to play only the acoustic guitar but I didn’t make serious mistakes. In the rehearsal, my performance was the worst and problematic, the day before the event I did exercise so much and I believe this contributed to reduce the mistakes.

For twenty years (!) I have never performed other person’s songs in live and almost songs have so frequent chord change and these made me very serious.

Because on duo accompaniment audience can be aware of mistakes more than solo performance or band ensemble. ^_^; If some notes conflict, audience recognizes ‘ah, he makes mistakes’. And if I didn’t pay attention to play acoustic guitar, the sound will be dirty and mad. Aruhi plays the piano very beautifully so that if I’m blunt, relatively sounding more dirty and I needed to avoid that. ^_^;

Ah, really acoustic guitar live is high risk. BTW, I took Martin D-35 which can sound very clean and beautiful according to the drift of this event. I’m not sure if it really sounded good in the event or not.

In addition, I was impressed with Chiaki’s idea for half an hour ‘tea-break’. When I saw the time table and felt strange. ‘Why half an hour tea-break? Why so long?’ Finally I understood. Chiaki doesn’t talk a lot about her ideas so even for me many things are not clear in advance.

After finishing her recitation, soon Chiaki declared ‘From now on I will be in the counter!!’ And she was in charge of selling drinks called ‘Honey-Lemon’ and ‘OMI-Cranberry-Rounge’. …this must be the ultimate service for her fans. Even very shy boys can align to the line and necessarily he can talk with Chiaki. Very fair, fan service. This is ‘Kami-Taio’. Because the numbers of the audience are small, she can do. Nice idea.

Chiaki at the bar-counter.
Her hand-maded Honey-Lemon was immediately sold out.

Audience was getting excited the most at this bar-counter. Everybody seemed very happy. (^_^)

I forgot to say about the very important thing. The result of the live performance was great because Chiaki’s vocal was very stable and excellent. Also Aruhi created the good vibration for rhythm. I’m much, much older than them but I just followed them. Very sorry, Chiaki and Aruhi…

Aruhi’s close-up photo.
She’s a pianist who is very beautiful as Chiaki.

But I enjoyed everything. I was satisfied with the dynamics which I can feel in the live performance. Around twenty years later I joined to Satomi’s live event again and I felt comfortable. Especially this time all of the performance was live and not accompanied with Karaoke track, so it was great to enjoy perfect timing in our collaboration. When Aruhi playing strongly, then I play strongly as well. Aruhi playing sensitively, then I play softly, Chiaki singing loud, Aruhi and I align to her. This is live.

I concentrated not to make mistakes and tracked scores so seriously…

How to say, somebody told about this but essentially I must be a musician rather than a composer so that still it’s my fun to play in live.

After so long, I confirmed I talked with ‘musician’ in music, not as a composer. I cannot get this feeling from other opportunities. In that moment I can feel so lucky to work for music.

Aruhi is also an enthusiast. She tried Triton which was available in the venue and asked ‘May I use Ivory Bösendorfer (Piano virtual instruments)?’. Aruhi really loves Bösendorfer (^_^). I love such emotion of players.

She preferred both Bösendorfer and Fazioli sounds but finally she chose Bösendorfer according to the tune of songs.

And these are special service for you. Chiaki’s extra photos! fan service!!

BTW, Chiaki gave her mic to me without any confirmation before and I introduced myself and cheer went up. (^_^)

They know game titles which I was in charge of composing well so I didn’t feel alone in the event. Thanks audience for your warm applause to unsuitable middle age man.

Later on I was invited to the Generalprobe for the stage event called Alice in project Mar, 2017 ‘Imagical Material’ which Chiaki joined. It was my side benefit.

In Generalprobe basically taking photos are prohibit so I don’t have any photos but Chiaki was very excellent of course. She looks bigger in the stage. I was impressed again.

Well, this is Chiaki’s last picture. Enjoy.

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<English Below>
こんにちは
今日は中川奈美さん歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」の演奏者についてお話しようと思います

とは言っても、基本的にオケのほとんどは中村が弾いたりプログラミングしているのですが、奈美さんのボーカルの少し左から聞こえてくるソロバイオリンは遠藤百合さんというバリバリの現役バイオリニストの方が即興で演奏してくださっています
弦楽四重奏の演奏会とかやってらっしゃる本物も本物です。コロナ前に演奏会お呼ばれしましたが、まあ凄かった
奈美さんと同じ宇和島出身で、そのつながりでご参加くださったそうです
音色がまた柔らかいいい音なんだ、これが。このバイオリンのお陰で楽曲のグレードも上がった気がします(笑)
元々ストリングストラックを用意していたのですが、このバイオリントラックの邪魔をしたくないので、ミュートして使うのやめました(笑)
即興なのでこちらからディレクションはしてないです。奈美さんといい、遠藤さんといい、お任せでいい感じに仕上げて下さるのでほんと楽させてもらいました

その他の全楽器は中村が何かしらやってるわけですが、それについてはまた今度お話しようと思います
それでは

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#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美

Hi there,
Today I’d like to talk ‘bout a player on Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’

Although I played and programmed almost basic tracks, the solo violin which can be heard from a bit left of Nami’s vocal is played as ad-lib by Yuri Endo, really active violinist
She is genuine and plays on the string quartet concert and so on. Before COVID-19, I was invited to her concert and her play was really amazing

She was born in Uwajima as same as Nami and that’s the reason why she joined to the project

Her violin tone has gentle and great sound. I feel her violin contributed to the quality up of the song

Before recording her violin, I prepared another strings track for this song, but after the recording, I muted the strings track and stop on using ‘cause I don’t want to disturb her violin with another strings sound

This track is improvisation so I didn’t direct her at all. Nami and Yuri Endo’s ability is excellent so just recording and then it’s oK. It was an easy recording session for me.

I did something for all the other tracks so I will talk ‘bout this later.
Have fun!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
こんにちは
情報アプデです

中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」ですが、Spotifyにて曲をスマホで再生すると短い動画が出てくるCANVASに対応しました!

また、同じくSpotifyのアーティストページの詳細情報も追加しました!
Spotifyユーザーの方は是非ご覧ください

https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=978765bcf47c46ff



Hi there,
I have an update for Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’. 
This song now supports Spotify CANVAS, which is the short video for Spotify. 
It appears when the song is played on Spotify of your smartphone!

And I added Nami’s detailed information to her Artist Page on Spotify as well!
Have fun, Spotify users!
<English Below>
https://youtu.be/qzSAX5bSXGg
さて今日はお待たせしました!
中川奈美さんのお歌の話です


プロですし裏方仕事やバックコーラスのお仕事もたくさんキャリア積んでる方なので安定感は抜群です

ディレクションほとんど要らないw
した記憶がないですw
今回はしっとりした歌い方ですが、「鬼滅の刃」などでは「ブルガリアンボイスの東洋版かよ!」というクセの強い歌い方をされています
これ、出来る人少ないんですが、宇和島の民謡がベースにあるからできるんだと推察していますw

そう、中川奈美さんは民謡の歌い手さんでもあるのです

実際、「西日本豪雨チャリティCD「愛」」では一曲民謡を披露されています

ライブで伴奏した時はすごすぎて演奏しながら鳥肌立ちましたね
これまで幸いにして奈美さんはじめお歌が上手な方とたくさんご一緒させて頂いております

ありがたいです


Hi guys! 
Today I’m gonna talking ‘bout Nami Nakagawa’s vocal!

She’s professional and has been working for backyard jobs and backing vocals and have many careers so her vocal is always stable.
No need direction.

I have no experience to direct her vocal.
This time she sings softly and gently but on the very famous animation, Demon Slayer, she sings with very characteristic style like ‘Asian Bulgarian Voice???’

In Japan very few singers can do it. 
The reason why Nami can do it is she has background of Minnyo, Japanese traditional folk song.

Yes, she’s a Japanese traditional folk singer.

Actually she sings one Uwajima folk song in her produced CD called ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI’’

When I accompanied her the guitar at her live event, she was too great and I was very impressed.

I’m lucky. Nami and many excellent singers I worked with.

I appreciate all of them.
<English Below>
中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のMVが公開されました!
中村も横でギター弾いてますw
どなたでも見ることができます!

https://youtu.be/qzSAX5bSXGg

配信先へのリンクが有効になりましたが、なぜか4つだけ💦
でもまあ使えます

https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/



MV公開とこちらからも飛べるようになりましたというお知らせです



Music Video of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’


I played the guitar aside her.


Everyone can watch it!

And now URL link works but just for 4 streaming services.

But these are available now.

https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/



This is just the announcement of music video and URL likes available.


Have fun!
<English Below>
中川奈美さん「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)リリース日です!

ところがURLリンクが出てこないトラブルが💦
なので、主な配信先のリンクを記しておきます。こちらからアクセスしてください。
ご不便おかけします。問題が解決したらその旨また告知します。

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (ダウンロード販売) - 上記リンクから画面右丸3つのアイコンをクリックしてメニューを開き、「iTunes Storeで表示」を選択すると購入できます。

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share

現在なぜかAmazon Musicで配信されてません。上記リンクからお楽しみ下さい。
よろしくお願いします。

Today is the release day of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’!

But trouble happens on URL Link called Artist Hub. Now URL for each shop doesn’t appear on the web page.
So please jump from the links below.
Sorry for inconvenience. Once solving this problem, I will announce.

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (purchase) - From Apple Music link above, click 3 dots icon in the right side of the window and open the menu and choose ‘show in the iTunes Store’ then you can purchase this song.

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share
<English Below>
明日22.10.07はいよいよ中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日です!
なので今日はこの曲を書いたいきさつなど、インタビューでも触れていますが、改めて述べておきます。(インタビューはこちら:https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
「ちきゅうのこども」はもともと「西日本豪雨チャリティCD「愛」」のために書き下ろした2曲のうちの一曲で、奈美さんから参加アーティストの皆さんが輪唱する、CDの趣旨を一番体現する曲としてリクエストされ、書き上げました。色んな個性のアーティストさんが歌われるのと、チャリティソングということだったので、テクニカルな要素は盛り込まず、誰でも一回聴けばサビを口ずさめるような覚えやすいメロディを反復しするようにしました。また、コード進行も非常にクラシックな、スタンダードな歌モノです。
アレンジについては、奈美さんの頭の中で漠然と超有名チャリティソング「We’re the World」のイメージがあったそうなので、オリジナル版はThe 80’sという感じのアレンジでした。今回奈美さんのソロ作品として配信するにあたって、もっとパーソナルな印象になるよう楽器を差し替えたり、ミックスを変えたりしました。アレンジの話はまた後日もっとディープな話をしようかと思います。
それでは明日の配信をお楽しみに!

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美

Tomorrow, on Oct 7th, 2022, Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’ will be released! Hurrah!
So I will talk about the details that I wrote this song though some are mentioned in the interview video with Nami. (Interview video is here: https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
The original ‘Children of the Earth’ was one of two songs which I wrote for her produced ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI (Love)’. Nami requested this song to be the center which expresses the purpose of the CD and according to the request, I wrote this song. The song is assumed to be sung by various artists and to be charity song so I didn’t add too technical elements and intended to be the melody repeatedly, which anyone can remember easily, once listening to. And chord progression is very classic style, standard vocal song as well.
About song arrangement, Nami’s request was the similar style with super famous charity song, ‘We’re the World’, so the original version based on the 80’s style arrangement. This time the song will be delivered as Nami’s solo song, to be more personal, I replaced some instruments and changed mix style (more vintage style!). Later on I will talk more and deeper about arrangement.
Wait till tomorrow’s song release!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」にまつわるお話、今日は少しマニアックです。ボーカルトラックの処理についてです。Neumann M49の音がとてもよかったのでこちらでの処理は必要最小限にしています。
リードボーカルに当たっている音響処理系エフェクターは往年のアナログ機材をモデリングした、Waves Audio @wavesaudio のSheps 73/NLS Channel/AbbeyRoad RS124/IR-Liveを使いました。IR-LiveはLexicon 300のP01 Hallです。これでまんま昔のコンソールで録音、再生している音になるわけです。簡単に言うと音を汚して逆にいい音にするんですね。
リードボーカルはクリーンに仕上げる方も多いんですが、中村はやり過ぎない程度に汚してオケとの馴染みをよくする方が好きです。後、レコードで聴いた「あの音」に近づくと安心します。

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell
#waves

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As for the story of Nam’i Nakagawa’s ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’, today it’s a bit technical. About vocal track process. As Neumann M49 sounded very excellent, I didn’t add too much process.
The audio processors on Lead Vocal track are what modeled classic famous analog equipments. Waves Audio Sheps 73/NLS Channel/AbbeyRoad RS124/IR-Live are used. IR-Live uses Lexicon 300’s P01 Hall. This reproduces the classic analog sound recording/playing with classic console. Simply to say, making the sound a bit dirty but it sounds good.
Many engineers prefer to maintain lead vocal clean but I prefer not too much but a bit analog sound then it match with other tracks. And I feel good with such analog sound which I listened to in the past.

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日22.10.07まで後一週間切りましたので、ここから曲にまつわるお話をしていこうと思います。
初出のアレンジでは輪唱でしたが、今回は奈美さんの独唱+後半お友達のナレーターの皆さんが合唱しています。写真は当日撮影したものです。
収録は奈美さんがよく利用されるコサエル・クリエイティブスタジオhttp://cosaell.com  で行いました。なんとビンテージのNeumann M49が常設されていて、そちらで録音しました。真空管マイクらしく超高域まで録音されるのでカリッとしたビンテージサウンドになりました。

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell

It’s less than one week the song called ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’, which Nami Nakagawa sings, will be released (22.Oct.07th release). So I’d like to talk about something related with this song.
The original version released as CD was a troll style but this time Nami sang all parts by herself and her friends joined and sang together in the latter part. This picture was captured in the recording studio.
The studio is Nami’s favorite Cosaell studio http://cosaell.com. Amazingly, the studio has a vintage Neumann M49 microphone as standing equipment and the mic was used for this recording. The recorded sound was crispy, vintage sound which has very high frequency range as tube microphone.

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/

#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell

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