Kansai Scene Magazine


Fran Healy

Mar 14

Scottish band Travis front man goes solo

Prolific songwriter Fran Healy emerged on the commercial music scene as front man for the hugely successful Scottish band Travis, the band that brought you such hit as ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Why Does It Always Rain on Me’. He has since been hailed by the likes of Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Elton John.

Now taking a sabbatical from Travis, this accomplished performer is bring­ing his solo acoustic tour to Japan. Healy, whose debut solo album Wreckorder was released on 4th of October last year through his own label WreckordLabel, recently said in an interview about going out on the road alone, “I like touring alone … a lot of my friends are stand-up comedians and I’ve always had a secret jealousy of their lifestyle … you don’t have to talk to anyone, it’s like one big, long med­itation; like a holiday.”

The solo album features, amongst others, a guest spot from Paul McCartney. Interestingly, as a thank you for his contribution, Healy became a vegetarian and in response McCartney had three Linda McCartney vegetarian cookbooks sent to Healy.

• Club Quattro, Osaka • Singer-songwriter • 7pm • ¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Michel Camilo with Charles Flores & Cliff Almond

Mar 16

Award Winning Latin Jazz Pianist and Composer

Dominican Republic-born Michel Camilo brings his Latin jazz piano trio featuring Charles Flores and Cliff Almond to Japan. Award-winning Camilo, who cites influences such as Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, was taught in clas­sical piano and by the age of sixteen was playing with the National Sym­phony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. But it was jazz that hit the spot for the pianist-composer and he says “the first time I heard jazz was when I was 14 and a half. I heard the great Art Tatum on the radio playing his solo rendition of ‘Tea For Two’. That immediately caught my ear. I just want­ed to soak it in, to learn to play that style”.

Camilo is a master of his art and any­­one new to the man should take a listen to the track ‘On Fire’ and you’ll be a con­­vert in a second. Camilo is joined by Cuban Grammy award winning bassist Charles Flores and Californian drummer Cliff Almond (who was originally scouted by Chick Corea’s drummer Dave Weckl to play with Camilo).

• Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka • Jazz Piano • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥8,300/¥9,800 • Tel: 06-6342-7722


Mar 19

Acclaimed Chicago Post-Rock Instrumentalists

It has been said that the music of Tortoise defies easy categorization. I beg to differ. It is music for contemplation — unfortunately such a music genre has yet to be officially coined. The band members, all from Chicago, have their roots in indie rock and punk bands but Tortoise also incor­- porates jazz drum beats, progressive rock influences and electronics.

Tortoise, the self-titled debut album was released in 1994 and featured an unusual instrumental line-up of two bass players and three percussionists.

Their latest album Beacons of Ancestorship was released last year and features some interesting tunes including ‘High Class Slim Came Floating In’ (Koop Acid Jazz meets Pink Floyd) and a very prog rock-influenced The Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One (the band Yes immediately comes to mind). As an instrumental band with a bent towards prog rock it’s easy to say they sound like a multitude of past masters but don’t be sidetracked to thinking that they don’t have a sound of their own because they clearly do, and it’s good.

• Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka • Post-rock • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥6,300/¥7,800 • Tel: 06-6342-7722

Edwyn Collins

Mar 25

Ivor Novello Award-winning Scottish Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist

On the 18th of February 2005, Edwyn Collins was being interviewed on BBC radio. During the interview Collins said that he felt unwell, which he put down to food poisoning. Within 48 hours Collins was ad­mitted to hospital intensive care after suffering a major cerebral haemorrhage. Since then the Ivor Novello Award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist’s recovery has been an inspirational story. Edwyn Collins 2010 album Losing Sleep is his first recorded material since his illness (the 2007 album Home Again was recorded before but mixed and released after).

The album features contributions from Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) and Ryan Jarman (The Cribs). NME magazine describes the album as Collins’s best to date stating “he’s struck the perfect balance be­tween musical exploration and delivering the trade­mark spiky Kazoo-ish guitar buzz he forged with Orange Juice (Collins’ earlier band).”

• Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka • Singer-songwriter • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥ 6,900/¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6342-7722

Live Listings

The Eagles

Kyocera Dome, Osaka. Mar 1
• Country Rock • 7pm • ¥9,000/ ¥12,000 • Tel: 06-6341-4506

Roy Hargrove Quintet

Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 1
• Jazz Trumpet • 7:30pm • ¥5,250 • Tel: 06-6281-8181

The Pillows

Big Cat, Osaka. Mar 2
• J-Rock • 7pm • ¥4,200/¥4,700 • Tel: 06-6341-3525

Elvis Costello

Sankei Hall Breeze. Mar 3
• Singer-songwriter • 7pm • ¥6,800 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Belle & Sebastian

Namba Hatch, Osaka. Mar 3
• Indie • 7pm • ¥6,500 • Te:06-6535-5569

The Yardbirds

Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka. Mar 3
• Rock • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥6,900/ ¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6342-7722


Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 3
• Metal • 7pm • ¥6,500/¥7,000 • Tel: 06-6281-8181

Corinne Bailey Rae

Big Cat, Osaka. Mar 7
• Singer-songwriter/Pop • 7pm • ¥6,800 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Tower Of Power

Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 8
• Soul Funk • 7:30pm • ¥7,350 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

All That Remains

Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 10
• Metal • 7pm • ¥6,500/¥7,000 • Tel: 06-6281-8181

The Gaslight Anthem

Shangri-La, Osaka. Mar 10
• Rock • 7pm • ¥5,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Jack Johnson

Municipal Central Gymnasium, Osaka. Mar 11
• Singer/songwriter • 7pm • ¥7,500/¥8,000 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Jad Fair

Sunsui, Osaka. Mar 11
• Lo-Fi Alt Rock • 7pm • ¥3,000/ ¥3,500 • Tel: 06-6243-3641

Buck Tick

Zepp, Osaka. Mar 12
• Rock • 6pm • ¥6,300 • Tel: 06-6344-3326

Mr Children

Osaka Jo Hall, Osaka. Mar 12-13
• Pop/Rock • 12th 6pm/13th 5pm • ¥7,350/¥7,875 • Tel: 06-7732-8888

Fran Healy

Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 14
• Singer-songwriter • 7pm • ¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569


Namba Hatch, Osaka. Mar 14
• Rock • 7pm • ¥8,000/¥9,000 • Tel: 06-7732-8888

Michel Camilo Trio

Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka. Mar 16
• Jazz • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥8,300/¥9,800 • Tel: 06-6342-7722


Taku Taku, Kyoto. Mar 18
• Jazz instrumental • 7:30pm • ¥4,000/¥4,500 • Tel: 075-351-1321


Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka. Mar 19
• Post-Rock • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥6,300/¥7,800 • Tel: 06-6342-7722

Asian Kung Fu Generation

Grand Cube, Osaka. Mar 21
• Rock • 6pm • ¥5,300 • Tel: 06-7732-8888


Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 24
• Jazz Instrumental • 7:30pm • ¥4,000/¥4,500 • Tel: 06-6882-1224

Edwin Collins

Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka. Mar 25
• Singer-songwriter • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥6,900/¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6342-7722

Jimmy Eat World

Namba Hatch, Osaka. Mar 29
• Rock • 7pm • ¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Eddi Reader

Club Quattro, Osaka. Mar 29
• Folk/Pop • 7pm • ¥5,500/¥6,000 • Tel: 06-6281-8181

Punk Spring ft. Hoobastank/Andrew W.K.

Zepp, Osaka. April 1
• Punk/Rock • 5pm • ¥6,300/¥10,500 • Tel: 06-7732-8888

Punk Spring ft. Good Charlotte/Suicidal Tendencies

Zepp, Osaka. April 2
• Punk/Rock • 4pm • ¥6,300/ ¥10,500 • Tel: 06-7732-8888

KT Tunstall

Club Quattro, Osaka. April 1
• Singer-songwriter • 7pm • ¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Rick Springfield

Billboard Live Osaka, Osaka. April 4
• Rock • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥7,900/¥9,400 • Tel: 06-6342-7722

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