JAPAN UNDERGROUND and TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL Join Forces on 10 June for Japanese Music Extravaganza


JAPAN UNDERGROUND and TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL join forces on 10 June for a Japanese music extravaganza that boasts four exciting Japanese music acts, authentic Japanese food and DJs. Making their UK debut is headliner Kao=S (pronounced ‘Chaos’), mixing traditional Japanese music with modern rock. They’ve already toured America, had a video that made France’s No Life TV‘s top 10 music videos of last year, and they’ll be special guests at this year’s massive Japan Expo in Paris. PLUS support from THREE mighty acts; indie-pop from vocal goddess/diva ERIKA, more shamisen sounds from Hibiki (the UK’s only certified shamisen master) and drummer Tomo, plus shoegaze meets techno with The Newmarkets. That’s not forgetting a full Japanese food menu available The Pipeline’s in-house food specialists Peko Peko!

When: Monday 10 June 2013 from 7pm.
Where: The Pipeline (basement), 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA.
Tickets: £5 advance, £7 on the door.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/552250258160952/

Kao=S (Stage time 9:35-10:35)

Kao=S fuse traditional Japanese instruments, performance art and passion with modern rock music for a truly unique experience. With links to FINAL FANTASY, a string of successful U.S tour dates (including a showcase set at SXSW) and a manga in their name, Kao=S now sets their sights on London for their first UK performance. The band consists of vocalist, sword dancer and FINAL FANTASY motion capture actress Kaori Kawabuchi; ‘Syamisenist’ Jack playing his own original rock-take on the traditional Japanese Tsugaru-Shamisen style; vocalist, guitarist and Kao=S’ leader Shuji Yamagiri; and new addition Shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player Daisuke Kaminaga, who joined the band as a regular member since touring America with Kao=S in 2012. Kao=S
influences from traditional Japanese folk music, to rock legends such as Black Sabbath, L’Arc en Ciel
and Led Zeppelin.

Homepage: http://www.kaos-japan.com/

ERIKA (Stage time 8:50-9:20)

ERIKA has emerged from a life coloured by the musical corners of London town and Japan. While it was initially opera and musical theatre in which she found her voice, as her birthdays passed she discovered the soundtrack to her early daydreams and pop greats such as Kylie and Carly Simon made their influence. Later ERIKA found herself as much at home with the 90s rave scene as she did with the heavy rock scene and from this union of diversity emerges a style of ‘epic pop’. But don’t get complacent, ERIKA is not all catchy riffs and bubblegum. There is a darkness to her songs that you don’t have to dig that deep to find.

Homepage: http://www.officiallyerika.com/

Hibiki and Tomo (Stage time 8:05-8:35)

Hibiki is the only professional player of Tsugaru Shamisen in the U.K. Since his arrival in U.K, Hibiki has performed on many occasions, including the Japanese Emperor’s birthday event at the Japanese embassy, Japan Matsuri and HYPER JAPAN. He currently teaches 20 students the Tsugaru Shamisen. Check out a video below of one of Hibiki’s other collaborations;

The Newmarkets (Stage time 7:20-7:50)

Techno DJ/producer Shin Nishimura and Hide Uno the drummer singer from Dobly became friends and spent their school days in Newmarket, UK. The Newmarkets’ music is a mixture of alternative boogie beats and mild melodies and harmonies, heavily influenced by break beats, techno and rock music.

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