A few of you may already know the name Chieko Mori if you follow either John Zorn’s Tzadik releases or, more likely, the recent James Blackshaw curated “The Garden of Forking Paths” compilation on Important Records.
What’s especially interesting to me, as a koto player, is the extremely small community of non-traditional players in existence considering how versatile the instrument is. Including Mori-san, I can count maybe 3 or 4. Brett Larner is another, having released some recordings through the stellar Improvised Music from Japan label.
Sprial Wave off The Garden of Forking Paths comp.
Chieko’s MySpace page.