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Vasilisk

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In 1985, after the split up of the political unit ‘White Hospital’, Tomo Kuwabara started up the unit Vasilisk with Yukio Nagoshi (percussions/guitars) and Chiaki (percussions). They made a first album called ‘Whirling Dervishes’ in 1987, released through Eskimo, which was the label established by Yun ‘Grim’ Konagaya. In this album they played several and unusual instruments: African skin-drums, African flute, Tibetan percussions, Ancestor’s voices. In 1988 they made a second album called ‘Mkwaju’ with the same line-up and also released by Eskimo. Just after the release of this album, Tomo and Yukio joined Rose Mcdowall’s new project Candy Cain. They toured through Japan during most of 1988. Around that time, Luciano Dari invited them to release their next album on his label Musica Maxima Magnetica. After the collaboration with the Rose’s project in 1989, they started to record their third album ‘Acqua’ in London and Naples (Italy) with the same three members. ‘Acqua’ was released at the end of the same year by Musica Maxima Magnetica. After they came back from Europe, they started to compile and remix their previous material from the three albums in order to release their most intensive tracks on their debut CD release, entitled ‘Liberation and Ecstasy’. After that they went into a long silence of 5 years. Tomo traveled around Asian countries for nearly 2 years starting in 1991, in order to search his identity as an Asian… Most people knowing and expecting a lot from this unique band, were thinking they had stopped all activities, but that was not true! In fact during this time they had recorded two (still) unreleased albums.

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