- MEKONG ZOO
Born in Shizuoka near Mount Fuji, Mieko
Shimizu started an early career singing traditional Japanese
songs. She became involved in Jazz and contemporary music when
she moved to Tokyo then later became interested in ethnic music.
She began to collaborate with other Ethno Jazz musicians and
in 1988 after working in England on saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu's
album Dementos, Mieko decided to move to London where she now
lives. She has recorded three solo albums: Totem (Wolf), A Road
Of Shells (Teichiku), Plastic Nostalgia (Teichiku) and has toured
with Mick Karn, Wasis Diop and Yasuaki Shimizu.
Aska Kaneko, whom many consider
as the finest Japanese violinist, spends most of her time travelling
the world to perform with musicians of all styles, from Zakir
Hussein to Roger Eno, Bill Laswell or the London Symphonic Orchestra.
She appears regularly at Jazz festivals with her group Aska Strings
and has recently toured China and Tibet. She collaborates with
avant-garde dance group Sankaijuku and other top Japanese artists
and her recording output include solo albums Multi Venus (Victor)
and Twelve Myths (BMG), the Aska Strings (BMG) project and the
pop group Adi (Victor).
Graham Dowdall, percussionist
and composer of modern music for theatre, dance and television,
has toured with Nico (Velvet Underground), Bill Pritchard, John
Cale, the African National Congress Choir, performed at Womad
and appeared on many records from Techno to ethnic music. His
own projects include ambient album Sea Of Tranquillity (Echo),
Gagarin and the band Sonexuno.
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