What is Japanese Gypsy Rock?
"Cultural Confusion is our specialty," confides bandleader and founder Kaz Fujimoto, as he drains the last of his Guinness. This cat is a Japanese Gypsy -- you can tell from his personal style -- maybe it's the colorful scarf, aviator goggles or his proper English accent. No, it's the pants. The guy has great pants. Kaz and bass player Robbie Simpson have been making music together for over a decade. Robbie also has great pants and an impressive collection of Heavy Metal T-shirts. Robbie lives for hard rock and other tribal traditions of his home: New Jersey. Violin player J.W. joined the band after a seismic shift two years ago when Kagero began to develop their current sound.
KAGERO regularly travels throughout the New York Metro Area and crawls into the Kazmovan to gig in Jersey or parts North, South or West. The sound has been described as a melting pot of tonalities and rhythms from Asia, the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe -- "Cultural Confusion". Sometimes the songs are beautiful imagery, sometimes sad folk tales, and sometimes silly songs about drinking. But the tunes are always fun, and the show is often a very high energy dancing good time. Kagero’s world music goulash is very tasty -- even if you don’t always know what’s you’re eating. Just call us your local neighborhood urban-gypsophonic, border-jumping, international debtor’s prison groove-loving feel-good band next door.
KAGERO: Band Members
KAZ (vocals, harp & guitar - Japan) was born in a Japanese village where he cut school to play music in local clubs until he was old enough to pack up his axe and see the world. As founding member and creative mastermind behind
Kagero, Kaz pulls influences from every and anywhere, bringing genres and killer hooks together in novel ways. He also likes Guinness. A lot.
ROB (electric and standup bass, vocals - Jersey) has played throughout the New York area with professional musicians of many different styles. But whatever he does, he bangs his head. Robbie is made of heavy metal, and he keeps the
J.W. (fiddle, saw - Ohio) dropped out of regional orchestra to join the local urban garage-folk movement. He’s been trying to unlearn the Suzuki method since the age of 6.
Kagero regularly records and performs with a revolving cast of guest musicians, including: Wynn (chindon), Kate (accordion), Leo (drums), Yoed (cello) and Emilio (trumpet).