Unfold: Japan, Episode 3 with Asahi Super Dry
Akiko Kiyama Japanese, Tokyo based, Akiko Kiyama holds a hefty 30 releases including 3 albums to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterrior, MEAN, Nervmusic and op.disc amongst others. Her debut EP “Dimension” (2014) on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Vaeth and…
Japanese, Tokyo based, Akiko Kiyama holds a hefty 30 releases including 3 albums to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterrior, MEAN, Nervmusic and op.disc amongst others. Her debut EP “Dimension” (2014) on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Vaeth and Ricardo Villalobos. Live performances in London’s Fabric, Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, Moscow’s Arma17, MUTEK, Worldwide Festival Sete and many more. In 2015, her own label “Kebko Music” has been established. In the label, Akiko will release her 4th album, which is a ten track showcase of this artist complex talent, showing a new direction of electronic music with her humorous textures and rather adhesive groove. Akiko continues to explore, produce and release as well as pushing the boundaries of minimal techno with her live set’s performed around the world. Kebko Music’s YouTube channel has just landed.
Wooed by many high-profile acts wanting to take them on tours and featured as icons in McQ by Alexander McQueen’s campaign and works by Juergen Teller, as well as some of the world’s biggest festivals putting their name on their lineup including Glastonbury, Coachella, and Fuji Rock, BO NINGEN embody today’s art/music scene where crossovers of different cultures are flourishing. They are fusing disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves and bringing them across the oceans. This journey has been a success, attested to by support they garnered from musicians spanning a wide range of genres and generations including Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Kasabian, TV on the Radio, the Fall, and Savages to name a few. Their iconic look is only surpassed by their intense live performances, which have earned them a place as one of the most captivating live acts in the UK. Having released 3 albums so far, they are currently working on their new album scheduled to be released in 2018, recorded around the world in London, Tokyo and LA in a constant search for inspiration.
Maïa is a unique singer and flautist. Striking stage presence, crazy folk trance, volcanic energy, traditional and pop Japanese singing and occasional touches of flute make up the exciting mix that is Maïa Barouh.”From a French-Japanese background, she has clearly found her way towards a boundless musical self-expression, rooted in solid classical training and a unique rendition of her heritage. The audience can expect to be transported along the Paris-Tokyo axis to space and beyond. She describes her style as ELECTRO-ROOTS-POP-PUNK. Maïa sings using an unknown special throat technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds, but the flute is her first instrument. After studying classical and jazz, she quickly transformed the way she played as she started making her own music, improvising, singing with her flute and using it as percussion. The earthquake and the nuclear accident that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 marked a turning point in Maïa’s development as a musician. The man-made catastrophe and the destruction that followed pushed her to re-root herself deeply in the musical traditions of Japan, gathering the songs of fishermen, sailors, party songs from Fukushima which she calls as « Japanese bleus » and take them out to the wider world, in her own interpretation, while integrating also her compositions.The album « KODAMA » got released in France UK and Japan in 2015.
Mari* is a Radio Producer, a Radio Presenter, and a multi-cultural free spirit. She has lived and worked in the US, Japan and the UK and has produced and coordinated radio shows with more than 30 radio stations around the world.
She presents bite size daily morning show on Worldwide FM called “Morning Mari*” (Mondays – Fridays / 9.45-10.00) and Japanese music focus show “Oto Nova Japan (音の波)” every first Monday (16.00-18.00).
DJ/Radio Presenter/Event Producer.
Founding member of United Future Organization (U.F.O.) which was formed in 1990. The collective established the beginning of Japanese club culture, and released 5 full albums in 32 countries which gained a massive reputation in 12 years. After leaving U.F.O. in 2002, he has continued to play as a solo DJ at clubs and festivals internationally and currently produces events and supervises music for notable fashion brands. He has remixed many high profile artists in a wide range of genres, such as James Brown, Astor Piazzolla, Gotan Project and Melanie De Biasio. In 2013, he gathered talented and forward-thinking artists based in Tokyo to produce a project called “HEX,” which presents Tokyo’s progressive form of Jazz to the world and was released from Blue Note Records worldwide. His latest project “Toshio Matsuura Group” gathered radical musicians from UK and performed at Worldwide Festival in 2018. He has a weekly show called “TOKYO MOON” on InterFM897, a popular Japanese FM station, and “WW TOKYO” 1st & 3rd Monday of every month broadcasting 11:00-13:00 (GMT) on Worldwide FM.
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