Fujii Kaze: Tiny Desk Concert NPR unveils the very first performance for Tiny Desk Concerts JAPAN, featuring talented Japanese singer and pianist Fujii Kaze.

Fujii Kaze: Tiny Desk Concert

In the corner of a busy office at the NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo, a staffer rearranged books, vinyl records and tchotchkes on a bright red shelving unit. The production crew double-checked equipment settings and made small adjustments to the lighting. Another worker added a few more posters to the tall white file cabinets. Cameras were set and microphones were ready because Fujii Kaze and his band had just rehearsed the night before. Everyone in the room — including a few of us from NPR that were there to help — was eager and excited because the very first performance for Tiny Desk Concerts JAPAN was about to start.

Popular around the world, the talented Fujii Kaze is a Japanese singer and pianist known for his sultry R&B grooves and catchy songwriting. His adventurous spirit was strong as he settled into the Tiny Desk way — a concert that's intimate, mostly acoustic and recorded without reverb, effects, in-ear monitors or wedges. During the rehearsal, the band quickly acclimated to the environment and adjusted instrument volumes to hear each other better. The end result was a beautiful 30-minute set, captured without pause and with no stops, restarts or retakes.

This video is part of the second international version of Tiny Desk, a joint venture between NPR and The Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) — the sole public media organization in Japan that is operated with the purpose of providing the latest news, education and culture both domestically and internationally. This new series will spotlight emerging and established Japanese artists with the same engaged performances, look and feel of the original Tiny Desk Concerts series.

SET LIST

  • "Matsuri"
  • "Garden"
  • "damn"
  • "Kirari"
  • "Michi Teyu Ku (Overflowing)"
  • "Shinunoga E-Wa"

MUSICIANS

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

CREDITS

NHK / NHK ENTERPRISES:

  • Executive Producer: Shibasaki Tetsuya, Kamano Mizuho
  • Producer: Ozawa Hiroshi
  • Director: Ito Misato, Kikuchi Minako 
  • Camera: 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/Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Tiny Desk Team: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Ashley Pointer, Hazel Cills
  • Senior Director of Partnership Development: Gordon Synn
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins