trio SONONI (Kaori Nishijima, Motohiko Ichino, Akira Sotoyama)

2017 / 10 / 30 (月)
Pit Inn - Shinjuku
Acoustic, All Mix, Alternative, Ambient
trio SONONI (Kaori Nishijima, Motohiko Ichino, Akira Sotoyama)


trio SONONI: Kaori Nishijima (pf, voice), Motohiko Ichino (gt), Akira Sotoyama (ds)


New Album/CDbook ‘SONONI+Laetitia Benat’ release live


<SONONI mix list on youtube>



from liner notes;


'I died once and you had not lived yet.'


The first line from the lyrics of 'Grand Night Out', by Kaori Nishijima. The words, spoken softly over a series of sounds, lead us deep inside ourselves. We are taken on a journey through a succession of vaguely-familiar scenes, and are eventually left alone in stillness. Then, hearing the faint sound of music, like a breeze wafting from beyond sky, sea and trees, we follow that musical voice back to our own familiar world, to our loved ones' homes.


This CD with its accompanying book is the product of a collaboration between the Japanese musician Kaori Nishijima and the Paris-based artist and photographer Laetitia Benat, whose activities include producing and contributing to the fashion art magazine Purple. The two artists had never met before, and did not even have a deep understanding of each other's work. It was Kaori who made the first approach; after seeing some of Laetitia's work and feeling an instinctive affinity for it, she arranged to meet Laetitia in Paris during her (Kaori's) concert tour of Sweden.


Before meeting, they prepared a collection of over a hundred image-evoking words on cards. Then together they expanded the images that emerged from this verbal raw material and used them to help shape the art, the music and the performances that make up this work.


In this spontaneously-created CD and book, the music and the art call and respond to each other softly and naturally, gently evoking our distant memories. These memories may not be our own personal ones, and may not even be memories from the world we know. In fact, Grand Night Out is a song of birth rather than death. When we look unflinchingly at our inner landscape, we grow through a continual process of spiritual death and rebirth. And, just as we pass away and return to life many times during our own personal journeys, the tracks of the journey that these two artists made together appear to us in the form of profound and beautiful sound and art, over and over, like waves advancing and retreating as they break ceaselessly on the shorelines of our lives.


Witter; Tomoko Kuroda



Pit Inn
住所 (英語):
Accord Bldg B1, 2-12-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
住所 (日本語):
新宿区新宿2-12-4アコード新宿 B1
Shinjuku, Shinjuku Sanchome
Pit Inn


Jazz and improvised music venue.



Come out of JR Shinjuku station East exit in front of Alta. Walk right down Shinjuku-dori, pass Mitsukoshi and Isetan department stores. Keep going until you get to the Shinjuku 2-chome intersection. Turn left here and you can find Pit Inn on the right in the basement of the Accord Building.