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Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Within the nook of a busy workplace on the NHK Broadcasting Middle in Shibuya, Tokyo, a staffer rearranged books, vinyl data and tchotchkes on a shiny purple shelving unit. The manufacturing crew double-checked gear settings and made small changes to the lighting. One other employee added a number of extra posters to the tall white file cupboards. Cameras had been set and microphones had been prepared as a result of Fujii Kaze and his band had simply rehearsed the evening earlier than. Everybody within the room — together with a number of of us from NPR that had been there to assist — was keen and excited as a result of the very first efficiency for Tiny Desk Concert events JAPAN was about to begin.

Common world wide, the gifted Fujii Kaze is a Japanese singer and pianist identified for his sultry R&B grooves and catchy songwriting. His adventurous spirit was sturdy as he settled into the Tiny Desk means — a live performance that is intimate, largely acoustic and recorded with out reverb, results, in-ear screens or wedges. Through the rehearsal, the band shortly acclimated to the setting and adjusted instrument volumes to listen to one another higher. The tip consequence was a lovely 30-minute set, captured with out pause and with no stops, restarts or retakes.

This video is a part of the second worldwide model of Tiny Desk, a three way partnership between NPR and The Japan Broadcasting Company (NHK) — the only public media group in Japan that’s operated with the aim of offering the newest information, training and tradition each domestically and internationally. This new sequence will highlight rising and established Japanese artists with the identical engaged performances, feel and appear of the unique Tiny Desk Concert events sequence.


  • “Matsuri”
  • “Backyard”
  • “rattling”
  • “Kirari”
  • “Michi Teyu Ku (Overflowing)”
  • “Shinunoga E-Wa”


  • Fujii Kaze: lead vocals, keys
  • Yaffle: keys
  • DURAN: guitar
  • Katsuya Takumi: bass
  • Kudo Seiya: drums
  • Yo-Sea: vocals
  • nishina: vocals



  • Govt Producer: Shibasaki Tetsuya, Kamano Mizuho
  • Producer: Ozawa Hiroshi
  • Director: Ito Misato, Kikuchi Minako 
  • Digicam: Ishigaki Motomu
  • Lighting: Ichikawa Takaho
  • Sound: Sato Yosuke
  • Designer: Yamaguchi Takashi
  • Editor: Morozumi Yuka

NPR Music:

  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • Lead Video Producer: Maia Stern
  • Host/Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Tiny Desk Group: Joshua Bryant, Kara Body, Ashley Pointer, Hazel Cills
  • Senior Director of Partnership Improvement: Gordon Synn
  • Govt Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Collection Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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