“In putting together a brief playlist of Japanese female musicians of the 80s/90s I was surprised to discover that one of them, in fact, wasn’t a woman. Nonetheless I decided to include them simply because their work is so good. Susan appears twice, as do Midori Takada and Ichiko Hashimoto as solo artists and members of Mkwaju Ensemble and Colored Music respectively. This is a far from comprehensive list but hopefully gives taste of some of the interesting and innovative work that went on, both Yellow Magic Orchestra related and otherwise. I claim no expertise in Japan, music or Japanese music but I am an ardent YouTube trawler and know what I like. Hopefully you will find something of interest in there too.”
Carl Neville will be publishing a novel, Resolution Way, with Repeater in May 2016. He has an ongoing musical project – AYA – with Ayako Nikawadori (listen).
The brilliant Cafe Oto are hosting Future Music, a series of experimental music workshops for kids in their project space this summer. No previous musical experience or knowledge is required, and all equipment/instruments provided. All the workshops are now booked up, but it’s an excellent project which recalls the Shoreditch Experimental Music School of the late 1960 – the subject of this BBC documentary:
For London-based adults feeling left out, there’s also a one-off School of Noise evening workshop at The Social on 29th June