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Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music. In the mid '80s Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Through out in '90s She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. 1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 1999. In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression

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Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

Read "Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who ...

Sandstorm

Label: Circum-Disc
Released: 2020
Track listing: Rivodoza; Poco A Poco; Kappa; Under The Feet; Noir Poplar; Suna Arashi; Noir Soir.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prickly Pear Cactus; Sweet Fish; Guerrilla Rain; Mountain Stream; Overnight Mushroom; Empty Factory; In the Water; Turning; Muddy Stream; Sign.

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Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii and Ramon Lopez: Mantle

Read "Mantle" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii have made so many records together that it seems impossible to keep track of them all. Partners in life and in music, they have collaborated on everything from duo recordings to Fujii's large-scale orchestras. In 2020 alone, their Kaze quartet released Sandstorm (Circum-Disc) featuring electronics specialist Ikue Mori, and ...

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Ikue Mori / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura: Prickly Pear Cactus

Read "Prickly Pear Cactus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Musical collaboration is problematic in Covid-19 times. Rubbing elbows with fellow musicians can translate to positive test results. But the music must roll on. At least that is how electronics wizard/laptopist Ikue Mori, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura feel. Instead of getting together body and soul, the trio decided to swap sound files on ...

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Kaze: Sandstorm

Read "Sandstorm" reviewed by John Sharpe

French-Japanese cooperative Kaze continues to thrive on Sandstorm, its fifth release. This time out, the enduring line-up of pianist Satoko Fujii, trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost, and drummer Peter Orins, is supplemented by New York-based electronic artist Ikue Mori, on a program of seven cuts from a NYC studio session in February 2020.

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New Big Band Music and Experimental Sounds

Read "New Big Band Music and Experimental Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show big ensembles dominate with the new albums on Greenleaf from Manuel Valera and Mike Fahie. There's also the experimental side of jazz with fresh sounds from Vintage Astronaut and Zing!. This is all balanced out with some fascinating improvised music from Cooper-Moore and Stephen Gauci and Kaze & Ikue Mori. Playlist ...

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Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In addition to offering a safe haven and an enthusiastic audience for international jazz players, Japan has a vibrant local scene which features musicians that approach jazz without necessarily being encumbered by its tradition, and infuse it with their own cultural traditions and generally post-modern attitude. So let's dive into the fun and varied ...

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Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley: Known/Unknown

Read "Known/Unknown" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The duo of Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley invites the listener to accompany them down the proverbial rabbit hole, entering a land similar to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like Alice's trip through the looking glass, reality (conventional music making) is subverted to produce a disorienting situation. Known/Unknown is the third release from the duo, ...


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