Works:#30 KIZUNA311 , #18 Requiem
Ryuichi Sakamoto was born in Tokyo in 1952 and made his debut in 1978 with the album “Thousand Knives”. Sakamoto's diverse résumé include his pioneering electronic works, globally-inspired rock, classical scores including an opera, and being a founding member of electronic music as a part of Yellow Magic Orchestra. His film soundtracks have won many prestigious awards such as an Academy Award for "the Last Emperor," two Golden Globes, a Grammy and a British Academy Award in addition to the several Japanese awards for his most famous film score, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence". Following his 1999 opera, "LIFE," Sakamoto became outspoken on the issues of the environment, peace, and social issues. In reaction to 9/11, he edited an anti-war anthology, "Hisen (Non-war)". The same year, he founded "artists' power," an artists' organization that advocates the encouragement and use of renewable energy. Additionally Sakamoto has been consistently active in demanding denuclearization. In July 2007, he established an incorporated association, "more trees," and took part in educational activities about the prevention of global warming through reforestation. Since 3/11 in Japan, Sakamoto has been a strong voice for support and help for the victims of the earthquake, tsunami and the anthropogenic nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. In response, Sakamoto has launched the following three charity organizations: “kizunaworld”, “LIFE311“ and “School Music Revival“.. Sakamoto resides in New York City.
Works:#30 KIZUNA311 , #08 decayed
As a Tokyo based fashion, advertisement and documentary photographer and as a video/film director, Kazunali Tajima has shot both editorial and advertising projects for fashion magazines including commissioned work for ELLE JAPAN, various advertisements, TV commercials and numerous portraits of musicians . One of his renowned works include Tajima's documentary photo book of Ryuichi Sakamoto, "N/Y." photographed when Tajima lived in New York for several years expanding his career.
Simon Fishre Turner
I am alive and listening to sounds every second. I record "life sounds" and play all sorts of instruments. I love to collaborate. My work has been with visual artists and film makers and musicians from all around the earth. I am lucky. I am a pasifist.
Works:#24 chrono , #29 Time
Takatani has been involved Dumb Type since 80’s as one of the founders.
In his solo activities, Takatani did visual direction for the Ryuichi Sakamoto's opera LIFE in 1999. In 2007, Takatani traveled to the Arctic (Greenland and Iceland) joining the arctic expedition project “Cape Farewell” (U.K.). He created the audio-visual installation LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, commissioned by YCAM. In 2008, his performance Die Helle Kammer (La Chambre Claire) was premiered at “Theater der Welt” in Germany. Also he made many collaboration works with Fujiko Nakaya, fog sculptor since 2001. His new performance CHROMA has been premiered in 2012.
Yuko Araki (MI-GU)
The Highlights to Date
Starting drumming for Cornelius in 1998; went on tour with Cornelius to Glastonbury, Reading, and other famous music festivals.
Formed MI-GU in 2003, releasing the first album “migu” on British label Ochre Record and on Atsugua Records in Japan; the second album "from space" was released by Atsugua Records in 2006; and in 2009, Ryuichi Sakamoto's label, Commmons released the third album "pulling from above".
Started drumming for Plastic Ono Band in 2009, touring with the band to London, Los Angeles, Reykjavik, New York and Tokyo, and performing on stage with Lady Gaga and Iggy Pop in LA; have formed a unit called IF BY YES, which comprises 4 members(Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, shimmy and Yuko).
In 2012, Sean Lennon's record label Chimera Music released the best album "Choose The Light" in USA & Canada.“Choose The Light”collects tracks from MI-GU’S three albums, selected by Chimera Music, remastered by MI-GU and available on CD & vinyl as well.
Hosomi has been active by having several stage names as Maju, neina, hosomi and Livingstone Daisy.
His sound creations that filled with organic and subtlety have acquired many fans in Japan and abroad.
Hosomi had 5 albums released by Australia's EXTREME under the name of Maju, 2 albums released by Germany's Mille Plateaux under the name of neina and there are many other releases including participations on "click+cut" and "plop" 's compilations.
Born in Hiroshima in 1966.
Illustrator, art director, artist.
Started by the end of the 1980s working as a versatile creator specializing in
drawing, painting, illustration, art direction, graphic design, photography, dress-making,
fine arts, writing, and etc.
Known for his characteristic figures featuring long-necked women.
Works：#27 All Around You
"Eccentric, Contagious, Electrifying. These are some words you could use to describe American experimental electronic artist Daedelus (Alfred Darlington). To experience Daedelus is all his unbridled splendor is only achievable over a large scope. And over the course of a shocking number of LPs, EPs, remixes, and most importantly live improvised appearances; a portrait of an unique artist has been painted in bold strokes."
Giuseppe La Spada
Works：#26 Hana no Ame - impermanence
Giuseppe La Spada was born in Sicily in 1974. He is a digital artist / filmmaker based in Milan, whose work is greatly influenced by Nature, Music and Poetry.
The exclusive use of natural elements positions him as one of the most sensitive Italian artists towards environmental issues. Always interested by creating synesthetic experience,
his multidisciplinary background allows him to work in several fields as photography, video art, digital installations and advertising. He has collaborated with artists like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Christian Fennesz, Marithè + Francois Girbaud, Ben Frost, con_cetta.
Member of “The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences” (New York).
Works:#25 Tie our hands
Born in 1964. Hiroshi Takano made a debut as a singer produced by Yukihiro Takahashi in 1988.
Since then up to 2011, Takano has released 16 albums including best of compilations and live albums.
The most current album is entitled "Kameleon pop" (2011).
In 2006, Takano also released his very first instrumental album entitled "Music for breakfast" under the name of "HAAS a.k.a. Hiroshi Takano" co-produced by Goro Ito. Since the late 90's, Takano has been also actively involved in the works of HASYMO, Haruomi Hosono, The Beatniks (Yukihiro Takahashi + Keiichi Suzuki), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Towa Tei, Kazufumi Miyazawa, Moreno-Domenico-Kassin+2, and many other's for their albums and live concerts.
Works:#23 une petite fille
The British-born actress and singer is the daughter of the beautiful actress Judy Campbell and David Birkin, an officer in the Royal Navy, who worked on clandestine operations as navigator with the French Resistance.
She was married to British composer John Barry from 1965-68 before she sang on Serge Gainsbourg's songs throughout their 13-year relationship (from the famous banned duet 'je t'aime moi non plus' to the last album he wrote for her in 1990 Amour des Feintes.)
She recorded 13 albums (from Di Doo Dah, her first solo album, released in 1973 to her live performance at Le Palace in 2009) and was named Female Artist of the Year in France's 1993 Victoires de la Musique.
Jane Birkin was Nominated for Best Actress for "La femme de sa vie" with Trintignant,
she inspired directors like Doillon, Varda, Rivette, starred with Trevor Howard in "Dust", Death on the Nil, Daddy Nostalgie/These Foolish Things with Dirk Bogarde
She also directed Boxes presented at Cannes Festival in 2007 (starring Michel Piccoli, Geraldine Chaplin, Lou Doillon, Annie Girardot.)
A style legend, Birkin was also the inspiration behind Hermes' iconic leather Birkin bag.
She's always standing up for human's rights (against death penalty, AIDS, in Sarajevo during siege, campaigner for democracy in Burma & Aung San Suu Kyi, fight for french public hospitals...
She's the mother of famous photographer Kate Barry, actress, model & singer Lou Doillon and actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Works:#23 une petite fille
Studied composition in Tokyo and Paris. Noted not only for his masterful piano, but also for his talent of composing and arranger of elegant and thrilling ensembles, based on the impressive depth and variety of his musical literacy. Known as composer and arranger for the works of Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Pepe Tormento Azucarar, UA, Kaori Mochida, Miyuki Hatakeyama etc…. As musical supervisor, orchestrator, and pianist in the performance piece -REVOLUCION-, a collaboration with tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
His original score for the movie “The Fallen Angel“ (Directed by Genjiro Arato. Based on Osamu Dazai's novel No Longer Human)
In recent years, he participate Jane Birkin's world tours ( Jane Birkin sings Serge Gainsbourg “VIA JAPAN” ) as musical director, orchestrator and pianist.
His solo albums, “Ete Palma”, “Passacaille”, and “Melancolia. Long-awaited original new album "Cancellare" was released in April, 2012. This is his 4th album in his career and also first piano solo work. Now, he compose " 24 Preludes and Fugues "
Works:#22 Shallow Sky
Solo Andata is Kane Ikin and Paul Fiocco, an experimental band from Australia whose work has been described as ‘beyond the expected domain of textural and analytical microsound-type composition’ (Boomkat); their ‘real-world sound-capturing ... is as creative and sonically inclined as the playing of any instrument’ (Popmatters);
Their debut album Fyris Swan (HEFTY!057) received critical acclaim and attention, particularly from 12k head Taylor Deupree who, having met Solo Andata in Melbourne in 2007 at a live show (Live In Melbourne 12k2008), invited them to release their next full-length album through 12k (Self-Titled 12k1056). ‘All in all it’s everything I love about contemporary "ambient" music. It has soul, and a perfect balance of emotional chromatic content and slight abstraction. Magical music and a work of beauty and harmony’ (Fluid Radio).
Overall, Solo Andata utilises very little, if any, electronic instruments; their third album, Ritual (Desire Path Recordings 2010) was made up from such sounds as chants, cleavers, gongs, the vibration of human cancer cells, wildlife recordings, prepared piano and guitar. ‘[D]istant voices or discreet “electronic” flashes can be heard deep in the background, covered with crackles and statics, while nearer the surface, muffled percussive sounds, ranging from wooden to bells and other metallic aspects, mark the piece with insistent irregularity as ambient noises morph into sound waves, which in turn decay until they are wiped out of the spectrum and replaced with another cycle of sonic evolution, and another after it’ (The Milk Factory).
Solo Andata are currently working on their next full-length album.
Works:#21 Dot Synthesis
Born in 1975. Nawa draws attention in the area of contemporary art as a sculptor. Nawa is an associate professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design as a senior advisor of comprehensive sculpture. His creation varies based on the unique concept of “PixCell = Pixel + Cell” as his axis. In 2009, Nawa launched his creative platform named “SANDWICH” in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. He has also had a solo exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Tokyo in June 2011. Nawa is preparing to set up his large-scale outdoor sculpture “Manifold” in Cheonan, Korea and will have simultaneous exhibitions in 2 locations of ARARIO galleries in Korea in Fall 2012.
Keigo Oyamada was born in January 27th 1969 in Tokyo.
Under his renowned stage name as CORNELIUS, Oyamada has produced and released 5 albums.
He has also collaborated on numerous occasions with many artists and produces and remixes
pieces as well.
After graduating from the music department of the Nihon University College of Art, Gondo made an overseas study at Boston University and finished his MA in electronic music and euphonium. Gondo formed a music group named “anoymass” in 2004 and the group released 4 original albums. Gondo has been a key supporting member for the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra for their live performances and has toured with them in Europe, US, as well as occasional concerts in Japan.
His unique style combining computer, electronics, and euphonium has awarded him a reputation and made possible collaborations with artists like Love Psychedelico, The Beatniks, Chara, UA and many more for their recordings and live performances.
Although Gondo has been known as an unique artist who understands pop music and plays euphonium, he has been keeping himself busy as a writer and a creator of music for commercials and soundtracks.
Born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, TOKiMONSTA(Jennifer Lee) was an unfocused pupil of classical piano. However, she has come to use this background to create vast textural soundscapes through utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty noise. Through her musical creations, she is able to fuse vintage sounds with progressive styles into something unique.
Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in avant-garde and mainstream media. TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various large scale international radio programs such as: BBC Radio1, NPR, BBC World Service, J Wave, Studio Brussels, Radio Nova, KCRW, KEXP, to name a few. Subsequently, she has been featured in print by SPIN, Dazed and Confused, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, XLR8R, URB, Paper, LA Times, and more. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles. Additionally, Resident Adviser did a full feature on her for “Breaking Through”, a RA series which focuses on the next big emerging artist.
Not only has she caught ears of many as a different dimension of Los Angeles-based music, TOKiMONSTA is notably the first female to join crew/label BRAINFEEDER headed by Flying Lotus-celebrated as the most exciting LA music label by LA Weekly. In addition, she is also a 2010 Red Bull Music Academy alumni, allowing her to join the ranks of other elite taste maker alumni.
Her live performance is engaging as well as intricate―using a laptop, other pieces of instrumentation and multimedia to orchestrate a truly interactive experience. She is a fearless and energetic performer who tours regularly around the world from LA to NY, London to Tel Aviv, Singapore to Tokyo.
born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan
live and work in Paris, France
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects: 'datamatics' (2006-) consists of various forms such as moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works that explore one's potentials to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. The project 'test pattern' (2008-) has developed a system that converts any type of data - text, sounds, photos and movies into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s, which examines the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception. The series 'spectra' (2001-) is large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural material and so transforming public locations in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Nagoya where versions have been installed.
With Carsten Nicolai, Ikeda works a collaborative project 'cyclo.' (2000- ), which examines error structures and repetitive loops in software and computer programmed music, with audiovisual modules for real-time sound visualization, through live performance, CDs and books (Raster-noton, 2001, 2011).
He performed and exhibited worldwide including Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; MIT, Boston; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Sónar Festival Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma; lCC, Tokyo; Art Beijing; Göteborg Biennale; Mutek Festival, Mexico; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing; Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media; Le Laboratoire, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Singapore art Museum; Crossing the Line Festival, New York; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; Grec Festival, Barcelona; Aichi Triennale, Nagoya; Palazzo Grassi, Venezia; Armory Park Avenue, New York; Barbican Center, London; Museo de Arte, Bogota; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Laboral, Gijon; Festival d’Automne,Paris, as well as electronic music festivals and small DJ clubs.
His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005) and test pattern (2008) - pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through his razor-sharp technique and aesthetics. His work matrix won the Golden Nica Award at Ars Electronica in 2001.
Works:#15 leaf for fukushima
"shimmy" (Guitarist/Bassist) is a nickname and stage name.
shimmy has been performing with many artists not only in Japan but internationally for live performances and recordings including MI-GU, THE CORNELIUS GROUP, if by yes, Plastic Ono Band, Mike Watt, Nels Cline and many others. Shimmy often performs with internationally acclaimed artists such as Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Lou Reed and Ryuichi Sakamoto; those who are also his own musical influences.
Works:#14 a word I give
Composer Keith Kenniff started playing drums, guitar and bass at an early age. His musical path eventually led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors in 2006 with a B.A. in percussion. In 2001 Keith began writing ambient electronic music under the moniker Helios, and has since released six albums. He also records quiet contemplative solo piano music as Goldmund, and is one half of the electronic / indie rock project Mint Julep, together with his wife, Hollie. Keith also composes music for film and television, featured regularly on programs for the BBC, NPR and various feature films and commercials.
Works:#13 studio days
Yoshitomo Nara is well known for his drawings, paintings and sculptures of children and animals sporting adult expressions, provocative stances and salty vocabularies. His mixed-media paintings, sculptures and doodle-like drawings on the backs of envelopes combine musical references with iterations of kawaii, or cute. Not only does his work resonate with an international language of youthful alienation, anger and bemusement, but it also appeals to adults who maintain a connection with their childhood.
Works:#12 unbroken music-box
“Stream State” for orchestra (2005), the premiere of which was conducted byPierre Boulez, was performed seven times in Switzerland, Germany, Austria,Italy and Japan in the subsequent twelve months. In 2005. In 2006 Fujikuramade his BBC Proms debut with “Crushing Twister” and the Chicago SymphonyOrchestra presented the first of two feature programmes of his music in theMusic Now series. Between 2007 and 2009 Fujikura had three major commissionsin France – “Swarming Essence” for the Orchestre Philharmonique de RadioFrance and IRCAM, “prism spectra” for viola and electronics (also created inIRCAM) and “…as I am…” for Lore Lixenberg and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In2009 Noriko Ogawa premiered a piano concerto, “AMPERE,” which was aco-commission from the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic.During the same month as the world premiere of “flare”, an internationalco-commission for the Arditti Quartet from the Wigmore Hall, EdinburghFestival and the Ishibashi Memorial Hall, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the world premiere of “Tocar y Luchar” for the Simon Bolivár Youth Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. Future projects include a bassoon concerto for Pascal Gallois, a new work for the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Fujikura’s first opera (directed by Saburo Teshigawara), and collaboration projects with David Sylvian. Also preparing two portrait CDs from NMC label and Samadhisound label.
Andrew Paynter is a San Francisco based photographer and director. His work projects include an on going documentation of various American working artists, American Landscapes and documenting the demise of the floating power lines throughout San Francisco. He's directed music videos for Tortoise and Tommy Guerrero as well as two fashion commercials for NY designer Phillip Lim. His photography has taken him all over the world, most notably to Japan.
Arnor Dan Arnarson
Works:#10 Old Skin
Arnor Dan Arnarson, lead singer of the band Agent Fresco, is a Danish-Icelandic singer songwriter living in Reykjavik, known for his deeply personal lyrics and expansively emotional vocal delivery. He is currently on a tour of Europe with Agent Fresco to promote their award-winning debut album “A Long Time Listening.”
Works：#10 Old Skin
Born in 1986, Ólafur Arnalds has immersed himself completely in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces. Over the past couple of years he has advanced from a former support-act for Sigur Rós to an internationally respected artists in his own right. His motivations are clear: 'I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don't usually listen to this kind of music…open people's minds.'
Works:#09 Sunshine Mandala
Since his early musical beginnings in 1985, Atom Heart (a.k.a. Atom™), has earned global notoriety for his vast and variegated projects, number of releases, collaborations and musical styles. His catalogue includes works with and for artists such as Depeche Mode, Air, Bill Laswell, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Towa Tei, just to name a few.
Works:#07 Up Through The Trees
Stephen Vitiello has created CDs for such labels as New Albion, Sub Rosa and 12k. His sound installations have been presented internationally. Since 1989, Vitiello has collaborated with numerous musicians and visual artists including Nam June Paik, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Roden, Scanner, Lawrence English and Machinefabriek.
Works:#07 Up Through The Trees
Taylor Deupree is an accomplished sound artist whose recordings, rich with abstract atmospherics, have appeared on numerous record labels, and well as in site-specific installations at such institutions as the ICC (Tokyo, Japan) and the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (Yamaguchi, Japan). He started out, in the 1990s, making new noises that edged outward toward the fringes of minimalist techno, and in time he found his own path to follow. His music today emphasizes a hybrid of natural sounds and technological mediation. It's marked by a deep attention to stillness, to an almost desperate near-silence. In 1997 he founded the record label 12k (http://www.12k.com), which since then has released over 80 recordings by some of the most accomplished musicians and sound artists of our time and has located a common ground with the acoustic avant-garage, the instrumental derivations of post-rock, and the synthetic extremes of techno and ambient musics.
Works:#06 quiet night in Fukushima
Otomo was born in Yokohama in 1959. He spent his teenage years in Fukushima.
He has been actively creating numerous varieties of parallel works, and his range of activities has spread across the globe. Otomo has demonstrated an exceptional talent as a composer of movie/TV soundtracks and has produced over 60 original soundtracks.
In recent years, he has been producing new musical works and live performances founded under the name of ‘ensembles’, in which he collaborates with a vast range of people and talents. He has also been making a strong effort to produce music workshops, and other types of public projects for children with disabilities through the language of music and art. After 311, he launched a project called “FUKUSHIMA!” (http://www.pj-fukushima.jp/index.html) which keeps him very busy running between Tokyo and Fukushima, which has been afflicted by on-going radioactive disaster caused by the Nuclear Energy Plant accident. Otomo has published books in the past years including ?“MUSIC” (Iwanami Shoten), “Otomo Hideyoshi’s JAMJAM Diary” (Kawade Shobo), “ENSENBLES” (Getsuyo Sha) and others.
Works:#05 dropping wings
Christian Fennesz is known from his own particular musical world as well as his impeccable work in creating beautiful compositions for guitar. Somewhere between concrete music, classical and ambience sounds, he stretches musical resources and effects to create melodies and atmospheres that fuse classical and orchestral concepts with conceptual musical research and complex digital structures.
Works:#04 modern interior
Norwegian musician/producer Jan Bang has been at the forefront of the Scandinavian Jazz and Electronica scene. From his work as successful pop producer in the 1990s his creative thrust and pioneering work in developing the concept of live remix- improvising with electronics alongside more conventional instruments and performers - has led today to him being constantly in-demand as producer and performer. In 2005 he launched, together with Erik Honoré the internationally renowned Punkt Festival where Bang’s live remix, his own musical instrument, works within the framework of overlapping concerts one being the original, the other the remix. Jan Bang’s solo album “….and poppies from Kandahar” is due for release on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label.
Works:#03 'KIZUNA motonoto version'
Alva Noto is a visual artist and a glitch electronica composer based in Berlin and Chemnitz. Meticulously placing microscopic sounds of electronic glitches, Alva Noto creates a sometimes-abrasive soundscape along with computer-generated video art. He has won 2 Ars Electronica awards: one in 2000 for his music and another in 2001 for interactive art.
Works:#02 kizuna world
Arve Henriksen is a Norwegian trumpet player, vocalist, and composer. He has collaborated with various artists on the ECM label. Furthermore, he has produced records with traditional Japanese instrumentation such as the koto, biwa and shakuhachi. Recently, he has been creating pieces focused on vocals.
Works:#01 'KIZUNA' -prayer for Japan-
Although still a young man in his 30’s, Valerio Berruti has already won various awards for his contemporary art. In 2009, his art was chosen for the Venice Biennale as a talented, budding Italian contemporary artist. His works ranges from using traditional fresco techniques, animation, sculpture, and reliefs.