Four months ago, I was wandering around at Zappanale. The first days of the festival had already brought me Anton & The Headcleaners, The Dangerous Kitchen, Ali N.Askin and Sebkha-Chott.
It was a Saturday, and the day had started with an impressive performance by Alli Bach on the smaller stage. Alli sang and tap-danced her way through the Zappa songbook. Beautiful.
How was I to know that this was just the start of another fine day.
Next up was Kazutoki Umezu with his Kiki Band. At the main stage.
From the first notes, the Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band had the audience in a grip.
Jazz rock, fusion, progressive rock, experimental and free... All mixed into one powerful performance.
This was great. Looking at the video still gives me goosebumps.