Selected by Dan Grunebaum
Mt. Fuji Aid 2000
In order to focus attention on the garbage
problem at Mt. Fuji and on environmental problems in general, concert promoter
Conversation and environmental groups are teaming up to launch this new music festival,
pairing world music talents with Japanese music forces.
Fuji-san in its four seasons in many ways embodies for Japan the country' moods. Viewed
from abroad as well, Fuji has come to stand as perhaps the foremost symbol of Japan. But
the mountain is under siege from the four million tourists who visit it yearly. With this
in mind the Fuji no Shizen wo Mamaru Kai (Committee for the Protection of Mt Fuji) decided
to launch a "message event" to carry the message of Fuji's dire condition to the
world at large. The result is Mt. Fuji Aid 2000, a two-day music and camp festival.
At the top of the diverse lineup is Arto Lindsay, the New York-born, Brazil-raised
singer/guitarist. Lindsay, a frequent visitor to Japan, first came to fame on the Brian
Eno-produced omnibus album No New York. Since then he has been an essential
member of New York's downtown music scene, as leader of his own group the Ambitious Lovers
and as a collaborator with everyone from ex-Talking Heads David Byrne to Japanese soul
Also from the New York downtown scene, bassist/producer Bill Laswell will be appearing
with the experimental music group Charged in its debut Japan performance. Formed by
Laswell and Japanese trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, the international collective also features
members from Italy, the USA and Senegal, and explores Laswell's interest in groove-heavy
Other performers from abroad include Senegalese percussionist Arona N'diaye Rose (who has
recorded with Prince and Miles Davis among others) who is scheduled to play with a local
wadaiko ensemble, and Moroccan traditional Gnawa music group Maalem Mahmoud Gania.
Representing Japan are veteran rock groups The Elephant Kashimashi and Carnation, new
indies entrant Cannabis from Sapporo, and Shigeru Nakano (vocals) & Shinichi Fujinuma
(guitars), who used to make up the core of the legendary Japanese punk rock group Anarchy,
reuniting for a one-off performance under the name Special Unit.
Yamanashi-ken Kawaguchiko Stellar
Theater, 7/29-30, 1pm (open), 2pm (start), JY4500 (adv), JY5000 (door), JY8000 (2 days).
Tickets and info: Conversation 03-5280-9996. General info: Mt Fuji Aid 03-3233-1813.