Goodbye Les Zygomates
A note from Yoko: As a performer, when you play a gig somewhere you hope it leads to a return engagement but you can never be sure if it will. In the case of Les Zygomates we aren’t even sure how long we played there but we know it’s been somewhere between 10-15 years and I know I didn’t even drink wine when I started performing there.
Zyg’s has been the Saturday night home of the Yoko Miwa Trio for many years, we started off playing on a weeknight once a month. Then we started playing twice monthly and eventually several times monthly, at some point we started playing a Saturday night sometimes. The only thing I know for sure is we started our regular weekly Saturday night residency there replacing the great singer Marianne Solivan after she made the move to NYC. We kept our residency at Zygomates through countless managers, several different music directors, and even the change of ownership which is highly unusual in this business to say the least.
We met so many wonderful people who worked there: managers, servers, bussers, bartenders, sommeliers, valets, the owners and their families, many who ended up becoming dear friends. Most of all though we connected with countless audience members who became regulars, dedicated fans, and also dear friends. It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our Saturday night home, and deeply regret that Les Zygomates has become one of the casualties of the pandemic and will close permanently.
I will miss the quirky stage 6 feet high in the air that was only reachable by ladder, I had to play with my back to the audience and had to be careful to not push my piano bench back too far so I wouldn’t fall off the stage. The Yamaha grand had seen many hours of use and although it was in less than perfect condition I had a bond with it and we also ended up becoming good friends.
Thank you to the original owner Ian Just and for believing in me for so long and thank you to Mark Tosi for continuing to believe in me and my heart goes out to you for the tough decision you had to make. There were many great managers at Zyg’s over the years but it was serendipitous the last manager was Joe DeCarlo for his commitment to the music program and for treating Zyg’s like it was his own.
Unknowingly, our last performance there was on Saturday, March 14, 2020 right before non essential businesses were ordered to close. Our last song we played was coincidentally Cole Porter’s “I Love Paris” (in the springtime) chosen randomly but there could not have been a more fitting song to close our tenure there.
Goodbye Les Zygomates, we love you and will miss you dearly. Thank you for giving our music a home for so many years and providing us with so many wonderful memories, if you were a fan of seeing us at Les Zygomates please leave a fond memory in the comments section.
C’est avec regret et une profonde tristesse que nous vous disons au revoir mais nous garderons dans nos cœurs la gratitude et l’amour! (It is with deep regret and sadness that we say goodbye to you but we will keep in our hearts gratitude and love!)