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Japanese musician and vocalist YoshimiO revisits key moments in her career and discusses her approach to collaboration, musical training and performance.

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Drummer, vocalist and serial collaborator Yoshimi Yokata AKA YoshimiO has been an inescapable presence in the Japanese and international experimental rock and avant-garde scene for over 30 years. Hailing from Okayama, YoshimiO began her career in 1986 with the band U.F.O or Die, a side project of experimental vocalist Yamatsuka Eye, before joining Eye’s Boredoms a year later and eventually becoming one of its longest serving members.

She began releasing music under the name Yoshimi P-We (now YoshimiO) in 1993, all the while collaborating across various projects – the experimental ensemble OOIOO, the Saicobab quartet, which fuses Indian raga traditions with punk and electronic music – and with international musicians including Kim Gordon, Mats Gustafsson, Susie Ibarra and Robert Lowe. While best known as a drummer and vocalist, Yokata also plays the trumpet and keyboard and often works in improvisational contexts.

YoshimiO sat down with Masaaki Hara at the Cerulean Tower’s Noh Theatre for a rare public lecture as part of the Red Bull Music Festival Tokyo 2019, during which she discussed her influences, prolific career and her unique approach to performance.

6:15 – Early years with UFO or Die, Boredoms and learning to play drums
11:49 – Field recordings, Yoshimi and Yuka and approach to collaboration
25:00 – Using the voice as an instrument
32:51 – Impulsive music as local music
35:24 – Technique, tones and tuning
39:53 – Working with Thrill Jockey and the SAICOBAB project

4:48 – Free Kitten – “Oh Bondage Up Yours!”
8:05 – UFO or Die – “We Are Rice”
13:48 – Yoshimi and Yuka – track from Flower With No Color
23:11 – Mats Gustafsson and Yoshimi – “Soundless Cries With Their Arms In The Air”
31:39 – YoshimiO – “Untitled”
39:22 – YoshimiO, Susie Ibarra, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – “Aaa”
47:57 – SAICOBAB unknown track


Red Bull Music Festival Tokyo 2019

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