日比谷カタン (Hiviya Katan), after having specialized in graphic design for many years, Hiviya Katan, in 2001,
embarked suddenly on a career as guitarist-singer under the impact
of an inspirational encounter with a certain great musician—
“It was like a moment of epiphany…",as Katan later recalled the crucial incident.
Katan’s music apparently resists any kind of simple definition or easy
categorization. The surrealistic, literary-minded lyrics,
the vocals displaying a wide range of singing voices,
the “genera mixta” tunes combining progressive rock with pop, jazz and ethnic music,
the skilled guitar-play with highly original style,
not to mention the“hermaphrodite”looks and the compelling way of talking
that perfectly match his own brand of performing style—
all of which contributes to the creation of an idiosyncratic world-view
(or“Weltanschauung”to use his favorite term)
incorporating the elements of virtually all art forms,
thus making it impossible to describe his“music" simply as such.
He has received much accolade from fellow musicians and artists
both at home and from overseas; to name but a few, Kazutoki Umezu(Sax., KIKIBAND etc.),
Natsuki Kido (G., KIKIBAND) ,Haruo Kubota (G.,Pearl Brothers), COBA (Aco),
Nao Matsuzaki (Vo.),and saigenji (Vo.&G.):
the Finnish band KlustarTU including the members of the King Crimson
and the ultra-technical Norwegian group Farmers Market.
His self-published CDR album was awarded the Guitar Nobel Prize
from Natsuki Kido (G., KIKIBAND) in the Contemporary Guitar Magazine.
In 2004, Katan successfully did opening performances
in the Japan tours of KlustarTU and Farmers Market,
and in October of the same year he visited France
for a series of gigs (two of those were a one-man show)
through the invitation of the French solo-performer Nosfell.
*The pseudonym“Katan”is taken respectfully from the late Katan Amano,
the legendary doll-maker who has had a great impact on Hiviya.
(Information taken from his official site: http://anorexia.k-server.org/)
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