Japanese singer-songwriter Kana Uemura busks at WSP

Kana Uemura

You don’t see many women performing at the park as I’ve noted. There’s the “Opera (gals) under the Arch” and then one time I came across Ingrid Vollset but it tends to be mostly men. So it was a pleasant surprise to happen upon Kana Uemura last week as she was performing between the fountain and Holley statue. Ms. Uemura is a Japanese singer-songwriter who had a hit in Japan in 2010 and was inspired initially to sing by Julie Andrews’ performance in “The Sound of Music” (this is according to her Wikipedia page). Although everything she sang was in Japanese, she was an engaging singer and a pleasure to watch and certainly gained fans with her performance. I wasn’t there long enough to know if she broke into “My Favorite Things.” (Although she has a CD with that title, the song does not appear on it.)

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  1. Eppie S in Astoria nyc

     /  June 5, 2012

    Was there an entourage?
    Was there anyone recording this for her?
    If so, has it been posted anywhere?
    Is she here just on holiday?
    Or is she performing somewhere in town?
    Sounds as if she made a pilgrimage to Washington Sq Park …

    Thanks for this post.

  2. Eppie S in Astoria nyc

     /  June 5, 2012

    [I answered my own question.]

    http://jetaany.org/2012/05/25/invitation-private-free-concert-kana-uemura-528/

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY)

  3. Hi Eppie S in Astoria,

    Thanks for that link. I didn’t see that when I searched her name. Great info! As for your original questions, it seemed like someone was recording; she did not have an entourage per se. She did say her videos are on YouTube so maybe the footage will appear there.

    Thanks!

    Cathryn.

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