Tara Jane O'neil & Nikaido Kazumi
Tara Jane O’Neil met Nikaido Kazumi in 2002 in Kyoto, Japan. Since that time they have toured Japan 5 times together, and are now releasing a self-titled album of amazing instrumentation that highlights their musical kinship and general fondness for one another. Work on this album began in the spring of 2008 where, in a small room with an oil heater, some stringed instruments, some things to bang on and their friends Geoff Soule and Norio Fukuda, they recorded four hours of improvised material in one day.
In the spring of 2010, TJO returned to Japan to meet with Nikaido in Kobe at the Guggenheim house; very minimal recording equipment, a floor tom, an amp and empty rooms in a Victorian mansion were their tools this time. Songs from the previous session were revisited and structures built upon and around them.
Nikaido and TJO do not speak the same language, so often the use of drawings, pantomime, and clapping were used to communicate ideas. Together the artists spent two years turning the recordings of 4 days into gorgeous intuitive guitar and voice duets that create a collection of orchestral collage songs which are truly a unique delight for the ears.