"soundscapes showing how the contemporary and traditional can co-exist" - Quietus
"a dizzying yet playful realm" - Pitchfork
Ken released a slew of mysterious, imaginative full-lengths since 2010, on labels such as Lullabies for Insomniacs, EM Records, RVNG Intl, Discrepant and Yerevan Tapes. 2019 sees him release a b-side rework of a koto East meets West historical piece by Kōhei Amada again, on EM records and with a new full length promised (TBA) for RVNG.
His space has long since been established as one he occupies alone, unique in both it's playfulness, roots in serious and reflective, deep spirituality and a connection to the environment of Ken's inhabitation, the cityscape of the Kanagawa Prefecture of Tokyo, where Ken lives and works. Adding to this pre-tense, one must not overlook his absolute mastery of the live performance stage with such arguably minimal aural content.
Ken has been featured on mixes, lists, radio broadcasts and has curated his own mixes and highly informative and insightful interview pieces across the world almost daily for the past couple of years. His deep connection to his music, and fascination with the melding of cultures of East and West, continues to inform his output. Originating from the fandom of hip hop, and yet continuing in his entrenchment in Japanese classical and folk culture, Ken's music and performances strike an almost mythical stance between ambience, playful reminders of psychological fragility and immersive humanity in the listener.
In demand as a sound designer, collaborator and solo artist, Ken toured the EU in 2018, and 2019. He regularly appears as a guest mix curator, for a wide breadth of global publications, where he shares an encyclopaedic array of historical recordings from his field of expertise.
Previous European dates: Cafe OTO, Rewire Festival, Macao, EKKO Festival, Kiezsalon, Morphine Records Festival, De Player,
ACCA Brighton Digital Festival, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Les Ateliers Claus
Ken flies from Tokyo
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