So I moved. Now what? – Gig on Sat, 5/4 @ Tomi Jazz!

TomiJazz-04May2013

I just moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn in last week.
Now, now it’s official and a done-deal!
I thought I never, ever be able to make this happen.
So many people helped me in many ways.
Thank you.
I will be happy if I can get my deposit back in full from my old place!

Now what?

THE GIG. SINGING.

Yes to that! This Saturday, May 4,
I will hit the late show at Tomi Jazz from 11PM.
Art and Yoshi will join me.



Saturday, May 4
MAMIKO 3 at TOMI JAZZ “LATE SHOW”
11 PM to 1:30AM

$10 cover with $10 minimum towards drinks and/or food

If you are joining us from the 1st stage,
people from the early show may be still in the house.
I highly recommend to reserve the table
if you are a party of 4 or more.

Reservation: Call (646) 497-1254



引越、する、する、って言っていて、
本当にできちゃいました(笑)。
今は、ブルックリン住民、今日で6日が経ちました。

お隣さんは、どうやらブルース系のギタープレイヤーのようですし、
真上の部屋では、何かエクササイズやら踊りやらをやっているようで
(またか?)、騒音にはかなり寛容な様です。ホッ。
窓は南を向いていて、日に照らされながら気持ちよく練習できて
ああ、引越してよかったな、と思えました。
近所は勿論、マンハッタンの便利さはないですが、
なんだか庶民的で、ホッとします。

生活の環境の変化をポジティブに生かしていきたいなーと、
ひしひしと思う麻美子です。

さて、今週の土曜日はお馴染みのTomi Jazzですが、
今回は初めてLate Showの枠にチャレンジ。
11時スタートです。
ピアノにアート・ヒラハラさん、
ベースに脇 義典さん、
そしてわたくしめの3人でお届け致します。

春の夜長、土曜日のお天気は晴れ、
夜遊び日和、ですね!
お待ちしております。

April Schedule (and few lines of blah x3)

Before we close the third chapter of 2011,
I have one more date at NB Lounge.
How can I skip this and go on?

The very last Monday of March, on the 28th, NB Lounge will have
Art Hirahara on piano and yours truly, Mamiko on vocal.
My famous “Pray for Japan Tip Jar” continues throughout the month of March,
and the 28th isn’t the exception. All your tip jar proceeds will be donated to
Japan Disaster Relief Fund (The first 2 weeks’ donation was sent to
GlobalGiving – FYI).

    Monday, March 28
    at NB Lounge
    from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

    No Cover/No Minimum

    NB Lounge at the Lombardy Hotel
    111 E56th Street
    (bet Park and Lex)
    New York, NY 10022



OK. Now, let’s talk about my April schedule.

In the first weekend of April,
Saturday, April 2nd at At Central Park Naumburg Bandshell.
I will be performing with Toru as part of this Japan relief charity event,
Hand in Hand Project ~for Japan~.”
We are thinking of doing Japanese songs. (yay!)

Also, in the same event, our good friends,
Mari Koga and Chiemi Nakai will perform as well
(They will be billed as “Afronaughtica.”)
On one fine day, at one fine event in the park,
we gather together for a great cause.
Please join us at Central Park Naumburg Bandshell on
Saturday, the 2nd.

    Saturday, April 2
    Hand in Hand Project ~for Japan~
    @ At Central Park Naumburg Bandshell (Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets)
    from 12 (noon) to 3PM

    Afronaughtica
    (Contemporary Afro-Cuban & Jazz Unit by Chiemi Nakai & Mari Koga)
    Kenichi Ebina
    (dancer)
    Mamiko Taira + Toru Dodo
    (Jazz Duo)



    Monday, April 4
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Yoshi Waki (bass)


    Wednesday, April 6
    @ G-Bar
    from 6 PM to 10 PM
    579 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

    Bonz Satoh (sax),
    Akiko Tsuruga (organ),
    Luciana Padmore (drums),
    Mamiko Taira (vocal)



    Monday, April 11
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Art Hirahara (piano)


    Monday, April 18
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Toru Dodo (piano)


    Monday, April 25
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Toru Dodo (piano)




NB Lounge is located on
111 E56th Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10022
No Cover, No Minimum



Almost Spring,
almost April,
and almost weekend.
A vague line of “is” and “almost,”
its distance looks closer than we see
and farther than we feel.
This morning’s snow might be your sigh, Winter.
The sigh makes us feel guilty, and
remind us how much we tried to love you, but we couldn’t.
Don’t be sad, Winter.
You surely will come back and stay with us…


さよなら2月、こんにちわ3月(直近のスケジュール)

数日前にアップした英語のブログエントリーのBlack Coffeeに引き続き、
おまけ音源の第二弾、Cloese to Youです。

昨年の、秋深まる10月に六本木のAlfieで
親愛なる井上智さん(お兄様~!)とデュオで演奏する機会があったのは、
去年のワタシの歌の記憶の中では、とても大切なものの一つでした。
お店の方のご好意で、暫くの間YouTubeにもその夜の映像をアップしてくださり、
ライブに足を運べなかった方や、遠方にお住まいの方に
少しだけ、空気を味わって頂くことができました。

その映像、二人でClose to Youを演奏しているものなんですが、
先ごろ、お店のアカウントから下げられたようで、心あるサポーターの方から
「見られないよ」の連絡を聞き知りました。
やはり、あの晩の演奏の、あの音の感じは、ワタシ自身も大好きですが、
同じように共感してくださる方が、多くはないにせよいらっしゃるようですので、
映像ではございませんが、音源だけ、Mediaのセクションにアップしました。
そして、この今打っているブログにも入れてみました。

Close to you、どうぞお楽しみください。

Close to You (Click the title to play!)
Mamiko Taira with Satoshi Inoue (recorded at Alfie, Fall in 2010)



さて。ギターと言えば、今晩、2/28のラウンジは、高免信喜くんです。
高免くんとの出会いは、智さんと、つるりんこと、敦賀明子嬢の紹介でした。
(と、以前に書いたように記憶しています。)
演奏をする度に、どんどん良くなっていくというか、
学ぶことに終わりなどなく、成長しつづけていくことこそ、大切だよなーと
いつも感心させられ、自分も頑張らないとなーと思うのです。
そんな高免くんが先週に引き続きご一緒してくださり、NBの2月の終わりを飾ってくださいます。

    Monday, February 28
    from 7:30 to 11 PM
    at NB Lounge

    No Cover, No Minimum


    NB Lounge at the Lombardy Hotel
    111 E56th Street
    between Park and Lexington Avenues
    New York, NY 10022



さくっと3月のスケジュールも入れておきます。
3月のラウンジ、
未だ、百々さんがお休みですので、二人の素敵なピアノの方をお迎えしてお届けいたします!
3月7日、21日の月曜日はSenri Oeさん、
3月14日、28日の月曜日はArt Hiraharaさん、
どちらも実は(これまた)井上智さん繋がり。
全く違うスタイルのミュージシャン、スタイルですから、
かなり楽しくなるのではないかと思います。


    智さん繋がりなるもの。
    彼の去ったNYは、今も彼の精神が
    色々な形で根付き、息づいているのですね。

Reminder: No MAMIKO Today at NB (2/14/2011)

This is just a friendly reminder to my supporters: I won’t be at NB Lounge tonight, 2/14.

I kept apologizing in the past few days (lol), but let me repeat…
I am so sorry! AND I truly appreciate your thoughtful messages
and the kindest remarks regarding this schedule change.
I cannot thank enough, and your support means so much to me.

I will be back in the lounge on Monday, February 21 with Nobuki on guitar.
Please come back and show your lovely face to us. I will sing my heart out!

My March schedule is now up. The March will rotate two different duos:
Art/Mamiko and Senri/Mamiko duo. It’ll be a good month :)

Lastly…

    What I do is what I love.
    I do it because I love it.
    I want to be honest musically as well as personally.

      MUSIC = LOVE = HONESTY

    These are key ingredients of who I am.

    Happy Valentine’s Day.



[SCHEDULE]

    Monday, February 21
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Nobuki Takamen (guitar)


    Monday, February 28
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Nobuki Takamen (guitar)


    Monday, March 7
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Senri Oe (piano)


    Monday, March 14
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Art Hirahara (piano)


    Monday, March 21
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Senri Oe (piano)


    Monday, March 28
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Art Hirahara (piano)



NB Lounge at the Lombardy Hotel
111 E56th Street
(bet Park and Lexington)
New York, NY 10022

No Cover, No Minimum




View Larger Map

Next Week: NB Lounge & Tagine

[Click Here!] Shortcut to Japanese Entry!

I had a great time on both Monday and Tuesday in this week at NB Lounge and Le Pescaduex. As I wished for, it was a nice way to start the new year. OK. Let’s talk about the next week. Luckily, I have 2 gigs scheduled. Both dates are exciting and I am very much looking forward to them!

On Monday, January 17, I will be at NB Lounge with Senri Oe on piano. This is the first to perform together for us, and we are both psyched about this occasion. He will be definitely a familiar face in the Lounge’s lineup going forward. Please take the next Monday as an introduction to you, my dear NB family.

On Wednesday, January 19, I will be singing at Tagine with Art Hirahara and Steve Whipple. This is the first time singing at Tagine, and I am looking forward to play with them. Tagine is a little hideaway nestled in Hell’s Kitchen where has easy accesses to Subways, Buses, Lincoln Tunnel and PABT. I recall their drinks are reasonably priced and has affordable dishes.


Here is the schedule in detail…



Monday, January 17

at NB Lounge
111 E56th Street (bet Park and Lex)
New York, NY 10022
from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Senri Oe (piano)

No Cover, No Minimum


Wednesday, January 19
at Tagibe Dining Gallery
537 9th Avenue (by W40th St)
New York, NY 10018
from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Art Hirahara (piano)
    Steve Whipple (bass)

No Cover, No Minimum




それでは日本語で…


今週の月曜、火曜日と2日連続で歌う機会に恵まれまして
何気に嬉しい歌い始めとなりました、2011年新春。
(と、キレイにまとめようと努力を試みる姿、お分かりいただけますでしょか?笑)
デュオ好き麻美子であっても、やはりカルテットやらトリオやらで歌うのも大好きでして。
やっぱり偶にはいいですねー、みたいな心境になりました。

で。

来週も、デュオ、そしてトリオと
いい感じに変化がついた週になります。

まず月曜日、17日のラウンジはピアノにSenri Oeさん。
この組み合わせは、今回が初の試み。
演奏している方も、聞いている方も、楽しい気持ちになって下さったら最高ですよね。
何かひとこと言うならば、そうですねー、、、
歌をうたう人が弾くピアノの魅力でしょうか。
とにかく、来て頂いて、見て頂いてお楽しみ頂きませんと、ねっ。
カバーなし、ミニマムなし、です。

水曜日は、Hell’s Kitchenのジャズ処、Tagine Dining Galleryで
Art HiraharaさんとSteve Whippleさんと3人で演奏します。
Tagineは今回が初めてな上、この3人に組み合わせというのも
初めてです。(Artさんは幾度かご一緒してますが、Steveさんとは初めてお手合わせ頂くのです。)

ここ、Tagineは、以前にMarianneのギグを見に行ったことがあります。
記憶ではドリンクは手ごろ、前菜の類なども手ごろですし、
お店も程ほどに良い大きさで、せかせかしていないので
ゆっくりお楽しみいただけるのではないかと思います。
こちらもカバーなし、ミニマムなしでございますっ!


スケジュールは、こちらへどーぞ。


Happy New Year! Here’s January Schedule :)

Happy new year!
Akemashite Omedetoh Gozaimasu.

How was your Hatsuyume for this year?
Did you get one of classic lucky dream symbol in your dream?

Here is my gigs in January.
There are a couple of new and notable things you may find…


[January Schedule]

Monday, January 10, at NB Lounge will have Toru Dodo on piano. (Good start!) As always, we’ll start at 7:30 PM and continue until 11PM.

The next day, Tuesday, January 11, both Toru and I will be at Le Pescaduex as part of Kaori Yamada 4. Kaori is a regular performer at this cozy restaurant in Soho, and she will have me, Toru, and a guest bassist from Japan. No cover, No minimum, tasty meal, and yummy drinks. Starts at 7PM.

Monday, January 17, the lounge will have Senri Oe on piano. This is the first time to have him over and play with me. It is definitely going to be a fun evening for both you and us. Join us at 7:30 sharp!

[Update!] Wednesday, January 19, I will be at Tagine with Art Hirahara on piano and Steve Whipple on bass. This is my first time performing at Tagine. AND for 2nd time in this month, it’s a group setting (trio!). No cover, no minimum, good food, relaxed atmosphere (don’t we love that?)

Monday, January 24 is a little special day for me because it happens to be my birthday. I would love to see your face at the lounge – seeing your smiles and spending time together means a lot to me. Toru will be on piano on this day.

On Mondays, January 31 and February 7, Toru Dodo is scheduled to be on piano. He will be out of town from mid February to good portion of March. Please come and catch our sets up before his long-term leave!

    Monday, January 10
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge
    111 E56th St (bet Park and Lex)
    New York, NY 10022

    with Toru Dodo (piano)

    No Cover, No Minimum


    Tuesday, January 11
    from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    @ Le Pescaduex
    90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring)
    New York, NY 10012

    with Kaori Yamada 4

    No Cover, No Minimum


    Monday, January 17
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge
    111 E56th St (bet Park and Lex)
    New York, NY 10022

    with Senri Oe (piano)

    No Cover, No Minimum


    Wednesday, January 19
    from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
    @ Tagine Dining Gallery
    537 9th Avenue (by 40th St)
    New York, NY 10018

    with Art Hirahara (piano) and Steve Whipple (bass)

    No Cover, No Minimum



    Monday, January 24
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge
    111 E56th St (bet Park and Lex)
    New York, NY 10022

    with Toru Dodo (piano)

    No Cover, No Minimum


    Monday, January 31
    from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    @ NB Lounge
    111 E56th St (bet Park and Lex)
    New York, NY 10022

    with Toru Dodo (piano)

    No Cover, No Minimum



NB Lounge at the Lombardy Hotel



View Larger Map

October schedule is now up!

Finally, I know who’s on which day in the 1st and 2nd week of October at NB Lounge to play, and was able to put them together in calendar. (Cheeky Smile!)

On Monday, October 4, Art will be back (yay!).
It was really fun when the last time I have played with him
Those who have missed it should really come out.
I even strongly suggest you to reschedule whatever you have and
juuuuuuust come to the lounge. Trust me.

On Thursdays, October 7 and 14 as well as Monday, October 11 (Columbus Day Holiday),
Toru will be with me. Yes, Toru’s back!
I am sure that you have missed him very much as much as I did.
Please catch us in one of these dates or all of them before I go off to Japan.
If you miss us this time, you won’t see us playing together until November…


[NB Lounge October 2010 Schedule]

    Monday, October 4
    7:30 – 11PM

      Mamiko Taira (vocal)
      Art Hirahara (piano)

    Thursday, October 7
    Monday, October 11
    Thursday, October 14

    7:30 – 11PM

      Mamiko Taira (vocal)
      Toru Dodo (piano)

NB Lounge at the Lombardy
111 E56th Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10022

No Cover, No Minimum



October 2010 Schedule




時の経つのは早いものですねー。今日から10月です。はい。
やっと10月のスケジュールが固まりました。
10月の前半がニューヨーク、後半が日本。
ふう、何度も言うようですが、早い!

さてニューヨーク。
4日の月曜には、Art Hiraharaさんが戻ってきます。2度目です。
何気に忙しい方なので、中々スケジュールが合わないというお話は以前にしたと思うのですが、
今回は本当にラッキーに空いていたようで、速攻でお返事が返ってきて
とてもハッピーなワタシでございます。
前回を見逃した方!必見ですよ。(必聴ですよ。)
当たり前ですが、レギュラーのお二方とは全く違うスタイルですし、
ピアノの鳴らし方だって違います。いや、本当に当たり前のことを言っていて、
言葉足らずで恐縮ですが、、、違いがポジティブに楽しめると思いますので、
是非、是非、日程を調整してラウンジに遊びにいらしてください。

7日の木曜、11日の月曜、14日の木曜と3連続で百々さんです!
わーい!どどりんが戻ってくる~!!
と、喜んでいるのはワタシだけではないでしょう?
あなたもですよね?ふふふ。
ツアー話を聞くのも楽しみなんですけれども、
何よりも、どどりんのピアノで唄いたい~って既にワタシは盛り上がっております(笑)。
10月の後半はワタシは日本ですから、このチャンスを逃しますと
11月までご一緒する予定はなくなりますので、
どど・まみこ組を聞くのがお好きな方は、がんばって遊びに来てくださいね。
お天気も悪く無さそうですしね!

Mon, 9/13: Tonight’s NB Lounge

On tonight, Monday, the 13th of September, NB lounge starts from 7PM,
and will have Art Hirahara on piano. Ah, Finally!

Since both Satoshi and Noriko recommended Art,
I have asked him to come to the NB (at least twice as I recall).
Unfortunately, the dates didn’t work well.
However, with “Sando-me no Shohjiki (”the third time’s the charm”),”
it will happen tonight.
Please join us at NB Lounge!



Monday, September 13
at NB Lounge
from 7PM to 10PM-ish

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Art Hirahara (piano)

NB Lounge is located on
111 E56th Street
New York, NY 10022
(bet. Park and Lexington Avenues
at the Lombardy Hotel)