“Pioneer Works emphasizes providing time and space for musicians to operate outside the constraints of monetary exchange. No rentals are allowed, and use of the studio is awarded gratis to artists on a project-by-project basis. For us, it is a beacon that permits us to bring our performance program and community of musicians together under one roof to enable them to collaborate and create in ways that few studios allow.”—Gabe Florenz, Founding Director, Pioneer Works
Otomo Yoshihide first came to international prominence in the 1990s as the leader of the experimental rock group Ground Zero. He has since worked in a variety of contexts, ranging from free improvisation to noise, jazz, avant-garde, and contemporary classical, and he has composed numerous film scores. Musician and essayist Kahimi Karie is known as the Queen of Shibuya-kei Pop in her native Japan. Currently based in New York City, Karie has collaborated with Jim O’Rourke, Cornelius, and, for the track on this CD, her daughter, Niki.
Guitar: Otomo Yoshihide; vocals: Karimi Karie and Niki. Music and lyrics written by Paul Wiliams and Kenneth Asher.