Resonance FM ‘World in London” session on the 27th February
In the bleak midwinter we shot a video in a brutal industrial building on the outskirts of London for the track ‘Lazy light ‘ from the new album ‘ I Bloom’.
It was directed by Barry Gene Murphy who also created videos for ‘ I See a Soul’ and ‘Think like a Swarm’. William D Drake features in the video and performed with company of brilliant dancers and incredibly hard working crew on what turned out to be the coldest day of the in what felt like the bitter cold of a deep freezer.
In the song there is the line “Like a Winters Breath” and you can really see that icy breath in the video.
3RD FEBRUARY 2019
Bridge Beyond from the new album ‘ I bloom’
Performace@Cafe Oto, London on 25th November 2018 with Keiko Kitamura on Koto Film/edit by Paul Black
‘Me my ghost’ from ‘I bloom’.
@Cafe Oto on 25th November 2018 with Keiko Kitamura on Koto. Filmed and edited by Paul Black
7th March 2019 @ The London Jukebox
The soul of Japan from the heart of London with Mieko & Keiko on this A World in London! Click:https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-27th-february-2019/
On the EVE of International Women’s Day AWIL has programmed a perfect line-up that includes this week’s radio guests Mieko Shimizu featuring Keiko Kitamura on Koto- London’s finest musician with a unique sound bridging this city with Japan. Her performance is built around the latest album, I Bloom, which juxtapositions electronica and left field Neo-Classical elements with Keiko’s traditional 13 string Koto. Mieko’s sumptuous voice float away in, to a higher state of consciousness, and maybe to the edge of Mount Fuji where she spent her childhood. Her lyrics come from dreams and nightmares, oscillating between the real and surreal and last year reality struck big time when Mieko became ill and nearly met her maker twice. They say that life is never the same after a near-death experience, and perhaps I Bloom is even richer as a result. Certainly the bond between Mieko & Keiko as artists which was instant and has been constant since they first met in 2012 and has taken them to new depths, synchronising them into one of the most special musical duos ever created.
Mieko Shimizu is a prolific London based Japanese singer, song writer, composer and producer, with several diverse and accomplished albums already under her belt.
She erupted onto the scene with the searing alter ego Apache 61, fusing layers of cross woven breaks battling shards of sub bass within stateless melodies drawn from the fringes of the avant-garde. Her last album, 'My Tentacles' released as Mico saw her return to a deeper more reflective state in the cavernous depth of sumptuous symphonic songs that oscillated with glitchy electronica.
Her new album, has taken 5 years to write and nearly didn’t happen when she was admitted to hospital for two life threatening operations and she nearly abandoned her plans to make it. It was only when a junky was moved into the bed next to her and started to terrorise the ward only to be sent to sleep like a baby by an old Scottish lady singing traditional Irish airs each night that she realised the power of music and resolved to finish her album.
What resulted is I Bloom, a quite simply a gorgeous record of mini masterpieces, interleaving haunting melodies; with songs that are both beautiful in their sincerity and tantalising in their simplicity. Her unerring elegance and undying passion takes you on a journey from hidden places across emotional landscapes to distant nebulae.
She collaborates with William D Drake of The Cardiacs on this album and previously with Mick Karn of the band Japan, Nitin Sawhney and the London Symphony Orchestra on Japanese silent film 'Yogoto no Yume', David Cunningham from The Flying Lizards, Robert Lippok of To Rococo Rot and re-mixed the likes of Coldcut and Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono of that cult electro-pop act signed her to his label 'Daisy World'. Word quickly spread of her incredible live shows bringing a steady stream of appearances as far a field as Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Japan as well Sonar, alongside the mighty Kraftwerk and supporting Massive Attack at their Melt Down with Riz MC, AKA actor Riz Ahmed.
She has also worked extensively with dance including scores for contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre, the Ballet ‘The Red Balloon’ at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre and was also made an 'Emerging Artist in Residence’ at London's Southbank Centre where she collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on her own compositions. In her new live shows she will be combining both the ancient and modern with Kieko Kitamura on Koto, a type of Japanese harp, through FX pedals and herself on Moog synthesiser, keyboards and vocals creating a luscious, ethereal live show.
Prepare to experience an astonishing work.