born May 3, 1952 in Chiba
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. Its capital is Chiba City.- History :Chiba Prefecture was established on June 15, 1873 with the merger of Kisarazu Prefecture and Inba Prefecture...
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, and currently residing in Tokyo
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, is a Japanese musician whose work has included rock
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, free improvisation
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Noise music is a term used to describe varieties of avant-garde music and sound art that may use elements such as cacophony, dissonance, atonality, noise, indeterminacy, and repetition in their realization. Noise music can feature distortion, various types of acoustically or electronically...
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. As opposed to contemporary popular music singers who write their own songs, the term singer-songwriter describes a distinct form of artistry, closely associated with the...
, solo percussion
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, minimalism and drone
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styles. He has been active since the 1970s and continues to record regularly and in new styles.
Haino's initial artistic outlet was theatre, inspired by the radical writings of Antonin Artaud
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. An epiphanic moment came when he heard The Doors
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' "When The Music's Over" and changed course towards music. After brief stints in a number of blues and experimental outfits, he formed improvised rock band Lost Aaraaf in 1970. In the mid 1970s, having left Lost Aaraaf, he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film soundtrack composer Toru Takemitsu
was a Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu possessed consummate skill in the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral timbre...
His musical output throughout the late 1970s is scarcely documented, until the formation of his rock duo Fushitsusha
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in 1978 (although their first LP did not surface until 1989). This outfit initially consisted of Haino on guitar and vocals, and Tamio Shiraishi on synthesizer. With the departure of Shiraishi and the addition of Jun Hamano (bass) and Shuhei Takashima (drums), Fushitsusha operated as a trio. The lineup soon changed, with Yasushi Ozawa (bass) and Jun Kosugi (drums) performing throughout the 1990s, but returned to a duo with Haino supplementing percussion with tape-loops.
Haino formed Aihiyo in 1998, principally playing a diverse range of covers (including The Rolling Stones
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, The Ronettes
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, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience), transforming the original material into Haino's unique form of garage psychedelia.
Other groups Haino has formed include Vajra (with underground folk singer Kan Mikami and drummer Toshiaki Ishizuka), Knead (with the avant-prog outfit Ruins), Sanhedolin (with Yoshida Tatsuya
is a Japanese musician and composer who is the only consistent member of the renowned progressive rock duo Ruins, as well as Koenji Hyakkei...
of Ruins and Mitsuru Nasuno of Altered States and Ground Zero
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) and a solo project called Nijiumu. He has also collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Faust
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is a Japanese experimental rock band, known for often combining and switching between different music genres including drone metal, sludge metal, noise rock, psychedelic rock, ambient and pop...
, Derek Bailey, Joey Baron
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, Peter Brötzmann
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, Lee Konitz
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, Loren Mazzacane Connors
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, Charles Gayle
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, Earl Kuck, Bill Laswell
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, Musica Transonic, Stephen O'Malley
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, Mikigami Koichi
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is the main recording name of the Japanese noise musician , born in 1956. Since 1979 he has released in excess of 350 recordings.The name "Merzbow" comes from German artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork, "Merzbau”. This was chosen to reflect Akita's dada influence and junk art aesthetic...
, Oren Ambarchi
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, Jim O'Rourke
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, John Zorn
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, Yamantaka Eye
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, John Duncan
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and Fred Frith
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His main instruments of choice have been guitar
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and vocals, with many other instruments and approaches incorporated into his career's work. Haino is known for intensely cathartic sound explorations, and despite the fact that much of his work contains varied instrumentation and accompaniment, he retains a distinctive style.
Haino cites a broad range of influences, including troubadour
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music, Marlene Dietrich
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, Iannis Xenakis
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, Blue Cheer
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, Syd Barrett
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, and Charlie Parker
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. His recent foray into DJ
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ing at Tokyo nightclubs has reportedly reflected his eclectic taste. He has had a long love affair with early blues music, particularly the works of Blind Lemon Jefferson
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, and is heavily inspired by the Japanese musical concept of 'Ma', the silent spaces in music (see Taiko
means "drum" in Japanese . Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming...
for more information). He also has a keen interest in Butoh
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dancing and collecting ethnic instruments.
Solo & Collaborative Discography
- Watashi Dake (1981)
- Kaii Abe (Collaboration with unknown musicians) (1982)
- Nijiumu (1990)
- Live in the first year of the Heisei, Volume One (With Kan Mikami and Motoharu Yoshizawa (1990)
- Live in the first year of the Heisei, Volume Two (With Kan Mikami and Motoharu Yoshizawa (1990)
- Live at Lazyways, Koenji, Tokyo (with Toshi Ishizuka) (1992)
- Itsukushimi (Affection)(1992)
- 30 - June - 1992 (1992)
- Execration that accept to acknowledge (1993)
- Ama No Gawa (Milky Way) (1993)
- Guitar Works (7")(1994)
- Beginning and end, interwoven (1994)
- Hikari=Shi" (light=death) (Maki Miura, Keiji Haino, and Ogreish Organism) (1994)
- Two strings will do it (Barre Phillips, Keiji Haino, and Sabu Toyozumi) (1994)
- Live at Downtown Music Gallery (Keiji Haino and Loren Mazza Cane Connors) (1995)
- A Challenge to Fate (1995, reissued 2004)
- Tenshi No Gijinka (1995)
- I said, This is the son of nihilism (1995)
- Twenty-first Century Hard-y Guide-y Man (1995)
- Etchings in the air (Barre Phillips and Keiji Haino) (1996)
- Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin (With Peter Brotzmann) (1996)
- Gerry Miles (With Alan Licht) (1996)
- The Book of "Eternity Set Aflame" (1996)
- Saying I love you, I continue to curse myself (1996)
- Drawing Close, Attuning—The Respective Signs of Order and Chaos (With Derek Bailey (1997)
- Vol. 2 (Keiji Haino and Loren Mazza Cane Connors) (1997)
- Keeping on breathing (April 21, 1997)
- Sruthi Box (Promotional Release) (April 21, 1997)
- So, black is myself (May 1, 1997)
- The 21st Century Hard-y Guide-y Man (1998)
- Incubation (with Musica Transonic) (1998)
- Black: Implication Flooding (With Boris) (1998)
- Even Now, Still I Think (June 24, 1998)
- An Unclear Trial: More Than This (With Greg Cohen and Joey Baron) (November 1998/January 1999)
- Y (With Jean-Francois Pauvros) (January 2000)
- The Strange Face (With Shoji Hano) (September 2000)
- Shadow - Live in Wels, Austria (With Shoji Hano & Peter Brotzmann) (September 2000)
- Ichioku to ichibanme no inori o michibiki daseba ii (With Coa) (October 2000) A translation: You should draw out the billion and first prayer
- Songs (With Derek Bailey) (December 2000)
- Abandon all words at a stroke, so that prayer can come spilling out (May 2001)
- Until Water Grasps Flame (With Yoshida Tatsuya
is a Japanese musician and composer who is the only consistent member of the renowned progressive rock duo Ruins, as well as Koenji Hyakkei...
) (January 2002)
- Mazu wa iro o nakusouka!! (Nov 5, 2002)
- Free Rock (Doo-Dooettes + Keiji Haino + Rick Potts) (Nov 25, 2002)
- "C'est parfait" endoctriné tu tombes la tête la première (January 2003)
- Hikari yami uchitokeaishi kono hibiki (December 24, 2003)
- Koko (December 24, 2003)
- Live at Cafe Independants Friday 23. January. 2004 (Keiji Haino, Tatsuya Yoshida & Mitsuru Natsuno + Bus Ratch) (June 2004)
- Tayu tayu to tadayoitamae kono furue (With Michihiro Sato) (July 2004)
- Next Let's Try Changing the Shape (April 2004, January 2005)
- Black Blues (soft version) (May 2004)
- Black Blues (violent version)(May 2004)
- Uchu Ni Karami Tsuite Iru Waga Itami (March 10, 2005)
- kono kehai fujirareteru hajimarini (August 25, 2005)
- Reveal'd to none as yet - an expedience to utterly vanish consciousness while still alive (December 2005)
- New Rap (With Yoshida Tatsuya) (March 2006)
- Homeogryllus japonicus Orchestra 2004 (With Mamoru Fujieda) (April 2006)
- Animamima (With Sitaar Tah!) (May 2006)
- Yaranai ga dekinai ni natte yuku (August 15, 2006)
- Mamono (With KK Null) (November 2006)
- Cosmic Debris, Vol.III (With My Cat Is An Alien) (August 2007)
- Uhrfasudhasdd (With Yoshida Tatsuya) (May 2008)
- Pulverized Purple (With Masami Akita) (July 2008)
- Tsugaru (1995)
- Chiru-Ha/Ozakijinjya (CD-Single) (1995)
- Ring (1996)
- "Sichisiki" (The Seventh Consciousness) (1997)
- Sravaka (1998)
- Mandala Cat Last (2002)
- Live 2007 (2007)
- Soul's True Love (4CD) (1995)
- Decided... Already The Motionless Heart Of Tranquility, Tangling The Prayer Called "I" (1999)
- 1st (May 2002)
- This melting happiness - I want you to realize that it is another trap (July 2003)