Tenko

Real Name:
天鼓
Profile:
Tenko is best known in Japan as co-founder of the five-women band Mizutama Shobodan (Polka-Dot Fire Brigade). They made two LP's The Virgin Prayers - Da! Da! Da! (1981) and Sky full of Red Petals (1985), both on Tenko's own Kinniku Bijo label. Parallel to this work was The Honeymoons, an improvising voice duo. Their album Laughing Myth was released in 1982. Their two shows, presented at the International Women's Music Festival in Montreal in '88 were among the highlights of that event. In 1984 Tenko appeared in the New York music scene as a solist. She toured (Victoriaville, Moers, Zurich, Vienna) with the David Moss' Dense Band, has performed with the New York visitors to Japan (John Zorn, Elliot Sharp, Ned Rothenberg, {a=Christian Marclay] and others), and is no stranger to clubs like CBGB, The Knitting Factory, Roulette and The Kitchen. It was these ties that led to her first solo LP Slope/Graduel Disappearence, which brought together musicians from all of her activities and linked her song-writing and improvising in unusual ways. Slope, a unique and powerful statement, introduced Tenko to a much wider audience. Her Uzo Muzo group was invited to Strasbourg's Musica Festival in 1987, and she toured as a duo with Fred Frith in '88 and '89, including performances at the Taktlos Festival in Switzerland. In '89 she performed at Moers, the Glasgow Jazz Festival and in London's Queen Elisabeth Hall (with Fred Frith's Keep the Dog). The next year she performed in Legend of Rain (a collaboration with Zeena Parkins) at the New Music America festival in Montreal. The piece was recorded in 1992 and released in '93. Her solo CD At The Top of Mt. Brocken was recorded in Tokyo with ten other Japanese musicians she carefully selected. After that the duo with Ikue Mori Death Praxis was recorded in New York. In 1993-94 Tenko studied Speech and Drama at the Emerson College in England. She gave the "voice performance" for the theatre project Das Fest zum Mord, which was produced by proT in Munchen in October '94. Tenko's new band, Dragon Blue, composed of herself and four other Japanese musicians, was formed in March 1992. In more recent years Tenko has devoted much of her energy to working both as a song-writer and as a theatrical solo voice performer.
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Tenko Discography Tracks

Albums

Tenko - Slope - ゆるやかな消失 album art 天鼓* Slope - ゆるやかな消失 (Album) Kinniku-Bijo Japan 1987 Sell This Version
Tenko - At The Top Of Mt. Brocken album art Tenko At The Top Of Mt. Brocken (Album) RecRec Music Switzerland 1992 Sell This Version
AM 026 CD Tenko - La Légende De La Pluie album art Joane Hétu / Diane Labrosse / Zeena Parkins / Danielle P. Roger* / Tenko Joane Hétu / Diane Labrosse / Zeena Parkins / Danielle P. Roger* / Tenko - La Légende De La Pluie(CD, Album) Ambiances Magnétiques AM 026 CD Canada 1992 Sell This Version
SFCD 004 Tenko - Dragon Blue album art Tenko Dragon Blue(CD, Album) Sound Factory SFCD 004 Hong Kong 1993 Sell This Version
WN0011 Tenko - Death Praxis album art Tenko, Ikue Mori Tenko, Ikue Mori - Death Praxis(CD, Album) ¿What Next? Recordings WN0011 US 1993 Sell This Version
2407 Tenko - Etage 34 _ Tenko album art Etage 34 _ Tenko Etage 34 _ Tenko - Etage 34 _ Tenko(CD, Album) 33REVPERMI 2407 France 2004 Sell This Version
Shoh 201 Tenko - Energeia album art Tenko Energeia(CD, Album) Shoh Shoh 201 Japan 2010 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Tenko - Hideki Kato album art Hideki Kato*, Player Piano (2), Tenko, Utility (3) Hideki Kato*, Player Piano (2), Tenko, Utility (3) - Hideki Kato(Cass, S/Sided, Comp) Not On Label none Japan Unknown Sell This Version