As far as I can remember, it had always been one of my dreams.
Last week something really cool happened in our little universe. Maybe this is even related to the Blue Moon watchful eye lol. I am happy and proud to announce that we will perform for the first time at Fantasia Festival 2015. As far as I can remember, playing at Fantasia had always been one of my dreams.
Maybe some of you are aware of our Japanese cover project titled “Projet Genji”.
I and Shade created that project back in 2013, close to a year after we first met and started playing together.
After the tsunami, Shade wanted to play pieces that would bring comfort and peace of mind to all her people now living overseas as well as create a project that could eventually lead us to help raising money to donate to Japan.
I had always been very passionate about Japanese pop culture, and I wanted to bring a certain occidental flavour to the oriental blend. Not only by playing songs coming from Japan but also songs that were popular here in Quebec, while decorating our performances with multimedia elements such as visual presentations and poetry. After exchanging on those thoughts and dreams, on that late spring of 2013, the essence of “Projet Genji” was born.
“Genji” is a Japanese word coming from the kanji 弦 “string” and 詩 “poem”, those characters, representing the nature of the band, an all string ensemble composed of violin, piano, with sometimes cello and guitar as special guests. “Projet ” is a wink to my French mother tongue. So the name of “Projet Genji” is a mix of French flavored with Japanese, that represents and honors both of I and Shade origins.
Nowadays, “Projet Genji” repertoire is mainly composed from music taken from Japanese movies, anime series and video games and since then, we are performers at Matsuri Japon every year.
So “Projet Genji” will be the opening for the Japanese movie “Poison Berry on My Brain” in Japanese “脳内ポイズンベリー” as invited guests from the Montreal Japanese consulate. The presentation is held on August 1st at Concordia Hall, and the movie starts at 7pm.
The plot of the movie seems to be very exciting, and I am looking forward not only to perform, but to watch the movie as well. I loved Yoko Maki the main actress since I discovered her in “Osozaki no Himawari” in 2012, and Yuki, well for me he will always be “Irie-kun” from “Itazurana Kiss” , but I am looking forward to see him face new challenges head on.
I am not sure if there are any ticket left as I am writing this, I think that the show might be sold out, but to the people who already owns their tickets we’ll see you there.
Here’s the summary of the plot as taken from Fantasia website as well as a link to the page where you can buy tickets if it is still possible as you read this.
Official Fantasia Synopsis :
Poison Berry on my Brain (from eric lavoie on Vimeo).
August 1 • 7:00 PM
Concordia Hall Theatre
When 30-year-old writer Ichiko Sakurai (Yoko Maki) runs into 20-something Ryochi, it is love at first sight. Or rather something like it, as it sends her mind’s command centre into high alert. See, there’s a committee controlling her emotions up there, and things must be debated very, very carefully before they are processed into action. Or so says Chairman Yoshida, the voice of Reason. There’s also Ishibashi to put a Positive spin on things; Ikeda, Miss Negative; record-keeper Mr. Kishi keeping a tight lock on Ichiko’s memories, and finally, the young, child-like Hatoko, who handles Impulse… very poorly. After much deliberation, they agree Ichiko should pursue things with Ryochi… but as her writing career is taking off, a mysterious sixth committee member appears, and traumatic memories come bubbling up. Nothing is ever so simple, is it?
Based on Setona Mizushiro’s 2009 josei manga series and coinciding with Pixar’s INSIDE OUT, POISON BERRY IN MY BRAIN is the cerebral, high-concept rom-com of the summer: an infectious, charming and oh-so-fun little gem of a film that takes you inside its protagonist’s mind, for great comedic and dramatic effect! Like past Fantasia favourites HOW TO USE GUYS WITH SECRET TIPS and MISS GRANNY, POISON BERRY is carried by its captivating female lead. Here, Yoko Maki (LOVE STRIKES) is as endearing as she is magnetic and resourceful, providing a great performance all around. Yuichi Sato adapts with a great sense of invention and glee, and a great eye for the more outlandish details of Ichiko’s mind. If you’re looking for a sweet time with a nice, tart punch, POISON BERRY is for you.
— by Ariel Esteban Cayer
On that note, I am looking forward to see many of you at the festival, and let’s enjoy that exciting movie together!
P.S. Ohhh and don’t forget to enjoy tomorrow’s blue moon. A blue moon is a pretty rare event so even though I won’t be able to sing to the Blue Moon on stage tomorrow night, I still plan on enjoying it fully in another way.
Director: Yuichi Sato
Screenplay: Tomoko Aizawa, Setona Mizushiro
Cast: Yoko Maki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuki Furukawa, Songha, Yo Yoshida
Company: Pony Canyon