Utah Kawasaki

Posted on December 7, 2008



Born in Tokyo in 1976. Inspired by his visits to the Paris Peking record shop, Utah Kawasaki began producing music in 1994, and between ’94 and ’95 released so many titles on tape that he himself lost count. In ’96 he released a solo CD on Zero Gravity, a sub-label of Transonic Records. Since then he has contributed to a number of compilation CDs. Astro Twin, a duo with voice performer Ami Yoshida, is one of his main projects. The duo’s first album Astro Twin / Cosmos (a 2-CD set shared with Cosmos, the duo of Sachiko M and Ami Yoshida), was released on F.M.N. Sound Factory in 2002. Kawasaki toured Europe in October 2000 with the group Mongoose, which he formed with Taku Sugimoto and Tetuzi Akiyama. He also put out a solo CD utah.mod.radi. in 2002 on Radio, a sub-label of 360°. He has also collaborated w musicians from Europe, w Jason Kahn, Tomas Korber and others

Discography:

Utah Kawasaki, Nick Hoffman, Takahiro Kawaguchi: Noise Without Tears  (Pilgrim Talk, 2011)

Off-Cells: 60/40  (L’Innomable, 2010)

Utah Kawasaki & Tomas Korber: Pocket Sized Isolationism  (Esquilo, 2008)

Utah Kawasaki, Takefumi Naoshima, Hirozumi Takeda Hirozumi, Mitsuteru Takeuchi, Toshihiro Koike, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Yasuo Totsuka: Septet (Meenna, 2007)

Utah Kawasaki, Takefumi Naoshima, Hirozumi Takeda Hirozumi, Mitsuteru Takeuchi, Toshihiro Koike, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Yasuo Totsuka: Recorded at Mitaka City Arts Center November 2005 (cd-r, 2007)

Utah Kawasaki, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jason Kahn: Ailack (Creative Sources, 2005)

Utah Kawasaki: Songs I Played (UMU, 2005)

Various Artists: Le Son Sauvage: Tokyo Next Texture (Body Electric, 2005)

Various Artists: Magical Super Asia (Clay, 2005)

Bject: Object 4  (Locust Music, 2004)

Various Artists: Face.: Live at Off Site 2F Cafe (Commune-Disc, 2004)

Tsuki No Wa: Moon Beams (Soundscape, 2003)

Ross Lambert &  Seymour Wright: Lucky Rabbit (TwoThousandAnd, 2003)

Various Artists: 1 Minute (UMU, 2003)

Various Artists: from: / to: (Fragment/ Hibari Music/ Pricilia:Records/ Vert Pituite, 2003)

Minamo: .kgs (360°, 2002)

Toshimaru Nakamura & Tetuzi Akiyama: Meeting at Off Site Vol 1 (Reset/ Improvised Music from Japan, 2002)

Astro Twin/ Cosmos: Astro Twin / Cosmos (F.M.N. Sound Factory, 2002)

Utah Kawasaki, Masahiko Okura, Tetuzi Akiyama: Bject (Hibari Music, 2002)

Utah Kawasaki: utah.mod.radi (R888, 2002)

Various Artists: Suffer / Enjoy (Antifrost, 2002)

Various Artists: Off Site Composed Music Series in 2001(A Bruit Secret, 2002)

Various Artists: Deluxe Improvisation Festival 2001: Day Two (ASE, 2002)

Utah Kawasaki, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jason Kahn: Luwa (Rossbin, 2001)

Various Artists: Improvised Music from Japan Presents Improvised Music from Japan (Improvised Music from Japan, 2001)

Various Artists: Kibaman Presents Elephant Roots (Shi-ra-nui, 2001)

Various Artists: Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Series Vol. 1. Denshi-Zatsuon & MSBR, 2001)

Utah Kawasaki: Halation #1(Dolor del Estamago, 2000)

Mongoose: At Penguin House (Slub Music, 1999)

Otomo Yoshihide: Cathode (Tzadik, 1999)

Otomo, Yoshihide: Yoshihide Otomo Plays the Music of Takeo Yamashita (P-Vine, 1999)

Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Taku Sugimoto: The Improvisation Meeting at Bar Aoyama (Reset, 1999)

Various Artists: Chiky(u)u (Ash International, 1997)

Utah Kawasaki: Static Pulse (Zero Gravity, 1996)

Various Artists: Electronic Music Festival (Zero Gravity, 1996)

Utah Kawasaki & Nob Ohtake: No title (self released, 1994)

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