Ikue Mori

Ikue Mori

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Ikue Mori
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Drummer, electronic percussionist, composer and graphic designer, born 17 December 1953 in Tokyo, Japan.
Ikue Mori was born and raised in Japan, graduating from Takabi Art School. She says she had little interest in music before hearing punk rock. In 1977, she went to New York City, initially for a visit, but she fell into the music scene, and has remained in New York since.
Her first musical experience was as the drummer for seminal no wave band DNA, which also featured East Village hero Arto Lindsay. Though she had little prior musical experience (and had never played drums), Mori quickly developed a distinctive style.
After DNA disbanded, Mori became active in the New York experimental music scene. She abandoned her drum set, and began playing drum machines, which she sometimes modified to play various samples. According to Mori, she was trying to make the drum machines "sound broken." In recent years she has used a laptop as her primary instrument, but is still sometimes credited with "electronic percussion".
In 1995, she began collaborating with Japanese bass guitarist Kato Hideki (from Ground Zero), and together with experimental guitarist Fred Frith (from Henry Cow), they formed Death Ambient.
Beyond her solo recordings, she has recorded or performed with Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and many others, including a trio with John Zorn and singer Mike Patton as Hemophiliac, as well as being a member of Zorn's Electric Masada. With Zeena Parkins, she records and tours as duo project Phantom Orchard. She often records on Tzadik, as well as designing the covers for many of their albums.

Mori has drawn inspiration from visual arts. Her 2000 release, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon was inspired by famed Japanese artist Yoshitoshi. Her 2005 recording, Myrninerest, is inspired by outsider artist Madge Gill.

Mori received a 2005-2006 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.
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Ikue Mori Discography

Albums

ReCDec 52 Catherine Jauniaux, Ikue Mori Catherine Jauniaux, Ikue Mori - Vibraslaps(CD, Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 52 Switzerland 1992 Sell This Version
WN0011 Tenko, Ikue Mori Tenko, Ikue Mori - Death Praxis(CD, Album) ¿What Next? Recordings WN0011 US 1993 Sell This Version
TZ 7201 Ikue Mori Hex Kitchen(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7201 US 1995 Sell This Version
Avan 030 Ikue Mori With Robert Quine, Marc Ribot Ikue Mori With Robert Quine, Marc Ribot - Painted Desert(CD) Avant Avan 030 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
TZ 7020 Ikue Mori Garden(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7020 US 1996 Sell This Version
Braille 014 David Watson / Jim Denley / Rik Rue / Amanda Stewart / Ikue Mori David Watson / Jim Denley / Rik Rue / Amanda Stewart / Ikue Mori - Bit-Part Actor(CD) Braille Records Braille 014 New Zealand 1996 Sell This Version
AM 055 CD Diane Labrosse, Ikue Mori, Martin Tétreault Diane Labrosse, Ikue Mori, Martin Tétreault - Île Bizarre(CD, Album) Ambiances Magnétiques AM 055 CD Canada 1998 Sell This Version
TZ 7508 Ikue Mori B/Side(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7508 US 1998 Sell This Version
SYR 5 キム ゴードン* / DJ オリーブ* / イクエ モリ* キム ゴードン* / DJ オリーブ* / イクエ モリ* - ミュージカル パースペクティブ (Album) Sonic Youth Records SYR 5 US 2000 Sell This Version
TZ 7055 Ikue Mori One Hundred Aspects Of The Moon(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7055 US 2000 Sell This Version
VICTO cd 070 Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori - Later ...(CD, Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO cd 070 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
910 044-2 Fred Frith - Ensemble Modern with Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins and Fred Frith Fred Frith - Ensemble Modern with Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins and Fred Frith - Traffic Continues(CD, Album) Winter & Winter, Westdeutscher Rundfunk 910 044-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
TZ 7068 Ikue Mori Labyrinth(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7068 US 2001 Sell This Version
TZ 0001 Mike Patton, Ikue Mori, John Zorn Mike Patton, Ikue Mori, John Zorn - Hemophiliac(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Tzadik TZ 0001 US 2002 Sell This Version
MEGO 071 Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori - Phantom Orchard(CD, Album) Mego MEGO 071 Austria 2004 Sell This Version
TZ 7714 Ikue Mori Myrninerest(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7714 US 2005 Sell This Version
CD LR 465 Mark Nauseef / Ikue Mori / Sylvie Courvoisier / Walter Quintus Mark Nauseef / Ikue Mori / Sylvie Courvoisier / Walter Quintus - Albert(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 465 UK 2006 Sell This Version
Intakt CD 144 Lotte Anker / Sylvie Courvoisier / Ikue Mori Lotte Anker / Sylvie Courvoisier / Ikue Mori - Alien Huddle(CD, Album) Intakt Records Intakt CD 144 Switzerland 2008 Sell This Version
TZ 7629 Ikue Mori Class Insecta(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7629 US 2009 Sell This Version
FRKWYS06, WCR004 Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori - FRKWYS, Vol. 6 (Album) Rvng Intl., The Sound Of White Columns FRKWYS06, WCR004 US 2011 Sell This Version
TZ 7636 Mark Nauseef - Ikue Mori - Evan Parker - Bill Laswell Mark Nauseef - Ikue Mori - Evan Parker - Bill Laswell - Near Nadir(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7636 US 2011 Sell This Version
CF260CD Paul Lytton ˄ Nate Wooley + Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark Paul Lytton ˄ Nate Wooley + Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark - The Nows(2xCD, Album) Clean Feed CF260CD Portugal 2012 Sell This Version
TCZ 019-1 Ikue Mori, Simon Balestrazzi, Sylvie Courvoisier, Alessandro Olla, Maja S. K. Ratkje Ikue Mori, Simon Balestrazzi, Sylvie Courvoisier, Alessandro Olla, Maja S. K. Ratkje - Treasure Hunt(CD, Album) TiConZero TCZ 019-1 Italy 2012 Sell This Version
Fataka 6 Ikue Mori, Steve Noble Ikue Mori, Steve Noble - Prediction And Warning (Album) Fataka Fataka 6 UK 2013 Sell This Version
BC-IM Ikue Mori, Maja S.K. Ratkje* Ikue Mori, Maja S.K. Ratkje* - Scrumptious Sabotage (Album) Bocian Records BC-IM Poland 2013 Sell This Version