buttonTakeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier
@ Shibuya Parco Theater (4th Jul. '07)

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 昨年のサウスバイ・サウスウエストで、初めて体験することになったのが浪曲師、国本武春のステージだった。初っぱなはオースティンでのブルーグラス。その時の模様はここに残しているんだが、下手をすると色物にも思われがちな三味線とブルーグラスの組み合わせが、そんな偏見を遙かに越えてとてつもなく微妙な音色を生み出しているのに驚かされる。そのあたりは、このレポートの後編で記すことになるのだが、さらに驚かされたのはオースティンを離れてからの、国本武春のステージだった。

 浪曲といえば... といっても、ほとんど知識はないんだが、物語を語り、歌って楽しませるという意味で、要はどうしても言葉だと思わざるを得ない。ということは、全く日本語を理解しない場所での演奏ともなれば、まるで意味を為さないのではないかという危惧があった。

 ところが、実を言えば、この時のツアーでも最も客に受けたのが国本武春だった。なにせ、三味線でブルースもやれば、ボトルネックも飛び出してくるし、ロックンロールだって楽しませてくれるのだ。それを色物と捕らえたければそれでもいいだろう。が、彼が最も大きな興奮で受け入れられるのは、そういった演奏ではなく最後に、さわりを披露するという形で演じられた浪曲の「忠臣蔵」だったというのが面白い。数人のキャラクターをひとりで演じながら、筋を語り、メロディを奏でる。その演技で爆笑を誘い、客を一気に引き込んでしまうのだ。言葉がわからない? もちろん、そうだろう。が、言葉の裏にある「意味」はとも簡単に客にしみこんでいる。それを見事に証明したのが、そして、特に圧巻だったのはニューヨークでの公演。このショーの後にもライヴがあるというので、アンコールなんぞできるわけがないのに、それを求めたのはこの店で働いていた店員たちだった。この時思ったものだ。国本武春は希代のエンターテイナーだ。しかも、名うてのミュージシャンでもある。

 今回の前半は国本武春のセットで、日本浪曲史を5日間にわたって徐々に伝えてくれるんだそうな。そのなかには、筆者が唯一知っている浪曲師、広沢虎造の話も登場するんだそうな。見たいねぇ。そして、そのシリーズ化している日本浪曲史終わりに、曲師、沢村豊子さんを伴ってさわりのような形で浪曲を演じてくれる。こうやって、生で浪曲を見ると、とてつもないインプロヴァイゼーションの醍醐味を感じてしまうと言えば大げさか? 三味線の音色に合いの手... この絶妙のバランスによって出来上がる「浪曲グルーヴ」が新鮮で、惚れ惚れとしてしまった。





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