Japan Society presents Ideal Orkestra, an international band fronted by Willard Morgan at the reception of the Globus Film Series opening film, “Summer Vacation 1999,” the story of three cross-dressing young girls played against the suicide of a young male student. The feature film will be introduced by Laurence Kardish of The Museum of Modern Art ; the film series and reception sponsored and hosted by Stephen Globus.
Ideal Orkestra, from New York, Tokyo, Havana, and the country of Georgia, features the fashion art wear of Uta Bekaia. With Girshel Javakhishvili on piano, Ruco Nishino on backup vocals and drums/bass/trumpet accompaniment, the band will ignite the Yaoi* party, a high-energy, gender-bending gala. Guests are encouraged to dress outrageously, expressing their cross-dressing fantasies. For inspiration check out Broadway musicals “Kinky Boots” and “Hedwig and The Angry Inch”, starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Ideal Orkestra is a kinetic international band with a highly theatrical bent. Think Cab Calloway meets Danny Kaye at Cole Porter’s place. Covering the pop/jazz repertoire and originals, Willard Morgan interprets colorful and dance-provoking renditions that reflect inner obsessions and the trends of the day. Ideal Orkestra’s last tour played Maastricht, Paris, Brighton, Toronto, Miami and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.