Exclusive Interview With Casiopea 3rd

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Watching Casiopea 3rd Live Concert here in Indonesia is such a precious gift. (You can click this link to read our coverage: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/casiopea-3rd-live-concert-jakarta-the-report/ ). Even so, having opportunity to go interview the band exclusively as well as talking to each members, is absolutely more than that! Even during the killer schedule while preparing the show, Casiopea 3rd didn’t mind to put time aside for us right before they get on stage. Admittedly, jazzuality.com was very lucky given a bright chance to grab a moment with the band and listened up to their story behind the outstanding concert. We didn’t get much time so, we tried to get the basic information about the return of Casiopea, the new formation and their visit to Indonesia. Let’s dig them out!

[flickr id=”8054467824″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”]Hi guys! Welcome back to Indonesia. It’s been six years since the band decided to hibernate in 2006. Tell us the reason why you finally get back!

 Issei Noro:  In 2006, we decided to take a break because each of us also had another music project outside of Casiopea. By the time the band signed off of all the tour and album, we precisely got special request from fans who actually want us to return. After contemplating and thinking deeply, we finally decided to come back, ‘cuz we want to make our fans happy. Now, we’re so excited that we can be here in Indonesia again with new formation.

What’s the difference between previous and current Casiopea, which is now transformed become Casiopea 3rd?

Issei Noro: We have new keyboardist here. Her name is Kiyomi Otaka, and she’s such a very great keyboardist. She can create pleasing sound of organ that makes Casiopea has new color and bright nuance. We have fresh music now and we also remake some of hit songs with new arrangement. Meanwhile, the new name, Casiopea 3rd means something as well. The number ‘3rd’ means that we’ve made formation-change for three times. So this is the third formation of Casiopea.

For Kiyomi-san, do you feel overwhelmed for being new member on Casiopea, replacing former Keyboardist Minoru Mukaiya?

Kiyomi Otaka: I knew since many years ago that Casiopea is a very fantastic band. So, I’m honored to be part of this band. Well, speaking of keyboardist replacement, Minoru and I are different. He’s a keyboardist, while I’m an organist. I create special sound of organ for almost in all singles. Anyway, I’m so excited to be here in Jakarta ‘cuz this is the first time for me!

For Yoshihiro Naruse, some of Indonesian fans still consider that you’re a newbie in this band. Could you tell us when did you officially start joining the band and how did you feel by the time you can get here in Indonesia?

Yoshihiro Naruse: Surely I’m excited to be here. I initially joined Casiopea in 1990, replacing Tetsuo. At that moment, I knew that this band went for exceptional songs even with difficult arrangements. For that reason, I found it was not easy to adjust to the band’s songs, particularly at the beginning. But slowly but sure, I gradually could adapt and feel comfortable now.

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[flickr id=”8054465276″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] While for Jimbo-san, you have visited Indonesia so many times as a solo drummer. What do you feel that you’re now here again with your fellows on Casiopea?

Akira Jimbo: It’s true that I’ve come over here so often regarding to my duty on solo projects. Well, I joined Casiopea for the first time in 1980, and then I left the band in 1990; but got back here again as a supporting drummer in 1997. Last time I playacted with Casiopea was in 1986, so it’s been over 20 years since that moment. Now I’m here with Casiopea, so I’m quite excited and I can’t wait for the show time to start.

You’ve been here before. Do you guys like Indonesia so far?

Issei Noro:Yes we like Indonesia. Since the last time we went here in 1994, Jakarta has changed so much. The city gets more modern and hype. All in all, we’re very happy to be here and hoping that the audiences can enjoy the show.

Well, we wish you a huge success during the show, guys. Thank you very much and good luck!

All: You’re welcome!

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Reporter and Writer: Rizka Chika
Photos: I Putu Surya KB

Special thanks to Mr Rully Mangunsong and Sharkindo Komunika

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