is a composer and musician from Osaka, Japan - a solo artist,
collaborator and founder of the underground improv-folk group
been an active improviser since 1975, when she joined the East
Bionic Symphonia group under the leadership of Fluxus violinist-composer
Takehisa Kosugi at the Biggako Art School of Tokyo.
She has since
collaborated with a wide array of artists including Keiji Haino,
John Duncan, Agata Morio, Enkidu (with the Boredoms’ Seichi
Yamamoto and French sound artist, Eric Cordier) and many more.
Much of her
solo work is focused around the kokyu - a bowed, two stringed
instrument used in the traditional music of Japan and China, though
her spontaneous, loose performances can also embrace piano, vocals
GENRE! NO TECHNIQUE! NO BORDER!' Alongside solo and collaborative
performances at COoS, Mukai will also lead an improvisation workshop,
sharing experiences from thirty years of site-specific performance
and sound happenings! More details to follow.
was fine, as long as it was different from what others were doing
is one of the most original and mystifying groups to ever emerge
from Japan’s musical underground. Founded by master improviser
Chie Mukai in 1981 the group has been guided by her singular vision
for nearly 40 years. Ché-SHIZU challenges notions of song
structure and improvisation, embracing a seemingly shambolic approach
that on closer listen reveals a deeply coherent and surreal world.'