The instrumental three-piece Motor Humming formed in Kyoto, Japan in 1996, heavily influenced by the early '80s no wave supergroup Massacre with whom they share an affinity for metallic, choppy guitar play and frantic time signature changes.
Makigami Koichi (巻上公一) is leader/vocalist/theremin/mouth harp player for rock band HIKASHU, known for his virtuosic vocal range and expression as well as his unique incorporation of elements of theatre, performance, and entertainment, all of which make this Japanese band so widely acclaimed both critically and popularly.
Born in Tokyo on 26 February 1960, Sachi Hayasaka has played the saxophone since her junior high school days. She studied jazz and classical saxphone in University and after graduating, she formed her own group. She often performed with Yosuke Yamashita Panja Orchestra and Yoshiaki Fujikawa Eastasia Orchestra.
Compostela blends folk musics of Eastern Europe with the tradition of Japanese chindon (street musicians who play at grand openings of supermarkets and pachinko parlors, dressed as geishas and samurai). The late saxophonist Shinoda Masami was one of the first to bring klezmer and Eastern European music to the Japanese audience.
Purple Trap is an avant-garde supergroup featuring Keiji Haino, Japanese guitar master, Bill Laswell, experimental bassist and Rashied Ali, godfather of free jazz drumming. Studio recordings produced by John Zorn.
Ayuo is one of Japan’s great originals, having walked his own unusual path for over twenty years. His second CD for Tzadik is a charming and hypnotic collaboration with one of Japan’s most beautiful vocalists, pop star Ohta Hiromi. Touching upon various world music traditions, beautiful folk ballads and psychedelic raves, Red Moon is a lush and seductive collection of contemporary song.
Guitarist/composer Jon Madof's musical collaborations cover the spectrum of the vibrant New York City music scene, from recordings and sold-out shows with John Zorn and Marc Ribot to genre-busting work alongside Frank London, Matisyahu and others. With his "Jewish power trio" Rashanim, he has recorded extensively for John Zorn’s Tzadik label; Jon performs extensively throughout the US and Europe.
Famed for his work on improvisational music, Bailey also co-founded, in 1970, the record label Incus with Tony Oxley and Evan Parker, often said to be the first British independent label owned by musicians.