Steve Jansen (L) and Iio Yoshifumi ®. Using the Widelux camera (self-panning lens) it’s possible for the photographer to appear in shot as the lens pans the room. The Dolphin Brothers sessions at The Manor Studios, Oxfordshire. Photo by Steve Jansen

Hi Steve, are there any plans to re-issue any JBK or Jansen/Barbieri material in the near future? There is a lot of discussion about this on-line, and many people feel they would rather buy music and know that the money was going into your pocket, rather than have to bid on 2nd hands CDs which are often sold at over-inflated prices – ‘Seed’ is currently being offered for sale at £80!!? Have you considered making them available as downloads via Burning Shed? Thanks, Victoria

There have been discussions about this on and off over recent times. Coincidentally I re-mastered the Milky Way live recording very recently, and we are in discussions about reissuing Jansen/Barbieri recordings generally (and potentially JBK too) if the right deal can be struck. Failing that, it sounds as though I should be hitting eBay with whatever I’ve got left!

Hi Steve, I was saddened to hear about Ryuichi’s illness this week. Can I ask if you have a particularly happy or distinct memory of the times when you worked with him?

There have been many happy times during the numerous recording sessions and live projects we’ve worked on together. Recording the album ‘Ai Ga Nakucha Ne’ by his (then) wife Akiko Yano at Air studios in London was particularly enjoyable. But probably the best times are spent when the work is done. I look forward to the next.