Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi

Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi Zip Pak

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These two visionary artists, Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi, met in Kyoto, Japan, in 2002. Since then they have toured Japan together five times. Their debut collaboration is called simply Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi [KLP234]. Work on this album began in 2008 when, in a small room with an oil heater, stringed instruments and objects on which to bang, Tara JaneNikaido and their friends Geoff Soule and Norio Fukuda recorded four hours of improvised material in one session. The collaboration continued in 2010 when Tara Jane returned to Japan to meet Nikaido in Kobe at the Guggenheim House: a minimal recording set-up augmented by a floor tom, guitar amp and assorted empty room of various size and shape were the tools they used to work their magic. Songs from the previous session were revisited and their natural structures enhanced. Together the artists spent two years converting the recordings of four days into gorgeous intuitive guitar and voice duets. Here is a selection from the album:

1. Ruh Roh

This edition of theSingles Zip-Pak features Special Apps, recordings that do not appear on the Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi phonograph record, available only here at the K Mail Order Dept.

2. 4Trains Temple

This is one of the “Bonus Songs” that will only appear on the Japanese release of Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi available from Sweet Dreams Press.

Filmmaker Vincent Moon documented Nikaido Kazumi for his Take Away Show. You can view the results HERE:

The debut album by Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi became available May 24, 2011.