today DIY-Church radio will broadcast a
SUN IN YOUR HEAD Event.
SUN IN YOUR HEAD is a series for experimental and improvised music events
based in Berlin and run by the Japanese artist & musician Iku Sakan.
MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ
JP | Karaoke Kalk, K, Geographic, Org Records
Maher Shalal Hash Baz is a Japanese group led by musician and composer Tori Kudo. Writing and arranging purposefully naïve pieces that are performed by an ensemble comprised largely of amateurs, Kudo’s music thrives on the inspired mistake and fuses stray elements of psychedelia, pop, folk, jazz, and experimental music into works that are full of charm, vision, and fragile beauty despite their many rough edges.
Little is known about Kudo’s personal life, though it’s been speculated that he worked as a visual artist before forming the group, and was a member of a revolutionary political faction in Japan prior to embracing the faith of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Drawing its name from a phrase in a biblical passage (Isaiah 8:1-3) meaning „plunder quickly,“ Kudo formed Maher Shalal Hash Baz after meeting musician Hiroo Nakazaki in Tokyo. With Nakazuki on euphonium, Kudo on guitar and keyboards, and Kudo’s wife, Reiko, on vocals, the core of Maher Shalal Hash Baz was established, through the rest of the band’s membership would remain fluid.
They released their first album, Maher Goes to Gothic Country, in 1991 through the Japanese Org label, with the three-LP box set Return Visit to Rock Mass appearing in 1996. While Maher Shalal Hash Baz developed a loyal following in Japan, their profile elsewhere got a significant boost when Stephen McRobbie (aka Stephen Pastel of the iconic Scottish group the Pastels) signed them to his Geographic Records label, who in 2003 released their albums Maher on Water and Blues du Jour, as well as the compilation From a Summer to Another Summer (An Egypt to Another Egypt).
In June of 2006, Maher Shalal Hash Baz traveled to the United States to perform at Olympia, WA’s Festival of Experimental Musics, and while in Olympia the group recorded an album for K Records, L’Autre Cap, which featured contributions from members of Tender Forever, Le Ton Mite, and Old Time Relijun. A second K Records project, C’est la Dernière Chanson, appeared in 2009.
#on this occasion, they will be joined by Berlin based girls trio Brabrabra#
IKU SAKAN & ANDERS LAUGE MELDGAARD
– ANDERS LAUGE MELDGAARD:
Is a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist often working under aliases like Frisk Frugt or Supermelle. He is a founding member of the yoyooyoy collective and part of Slütspürt, Stof, co-founder of the eclectic big band Den Nørrejyske Ø’s Stororkester For Opløst Mønster Musik and has performed at the Roskilde Festival, Jazzjuice Festival, Transmediale Festival and toured Europe, USA and Japan. In 2010 Meldgaard released, as his solo project Frisk Frugt, the album “Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite” leading to great critical and audience acclaim, including a nomination for the Nordic Music Prize in 2011. His latest release is „Musik for seks elektriske guitarer“, released on LP in late 2012. The works of his are often being described as highly innovative and unique.http://www.yoyooyoy.dk/friskfrugt.htm
– IKU SAKAN:
Experimental sound performer, improvisor, DJ and Organizer from Osaka, Japan currently based in Berlin, Germany. he has been performed in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Mexico, Malaysia, China & Japan, including important festivals in Europe as a member of several bands, such as All Tomorrows Parties in UK (with Maher Shalal Hash Baz) and Avantgard Festival in Germany (organised by Krautrock legends Faust, with Meeting of the Spirits). as a solo performer, he often dealing with various mixing technique, realizing electronic/organic sound colors by combining computer processing, prepared recordings with a range of sounding objects (such as mini-masserger, measure & oscilator). He has collaborated with Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Frisk Frugt, Muneomi Senju, Michael Northam, Yan Jun, Chie Mukai, Kakawaka and others.http://www.soundcloud.com/ikusakan