Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon: Live Performance and Interview, The View 9-30-09 ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon: Live Performance and Interview, The View 9-30-09

Mick Jagger has never lived down saying 30 + years ago " “If I’m singing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 40, I’m going to kill myself”.

Yoko Ono is now 76 years old and she just released a 15-track CD of new material recorded with her Plastic Ono Band. The new disc, Between My Head and the Sky, was recorded at Sear Sound, the same studio that used to house the old Hit Factory (where Double Fantasy was recorded).

Sean Lennon both produced with Yoko and acted as musical leader for a group evenly divided between Japanese avant pop musicians, and downtown Manhattan improvisers. In the Japanese contingent is Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, plus the current group led by Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada, which includes Yuko Araki and Hirotaka Shimmy Shimizu. Cornelius and Ms. Ono performed together in Tokyo in January, and Yoko was so happy with the result she invited them over to record. In the Manhattan improv camp we find Shahzad Ismaily (guitar, bass, percussion), Erik Friedlander(cello), Michael Leonhart (trumpet, vibes), Daniel Carter (reeds) and Indigo Street (guitar) -- a singularly gifted group of instrumentalists.

Yoko and Sean were on The View earlier today for an interview and they also performed "I'm Going Away Smiling" from the new disc.

Between My Head and the Sky is available from iTunes (with a live bonus track), Amazon and everywhere else that you would expect.

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band