Japan has become one of the capitols of the avant-garde noise music scene, and one of the leading lights in Japan's experimental noise community is guitarist and composer Otomo Yoshihide. Born in 1959, Yoshihide studied ethnomusicology in college and played in a handful of rock groups before he embraced experimental music after becoming interested in free jazz artists such as Ornette Coleman and improvisational musicians, particularly Derek Bailey. Yoshihide formed the groundbreaking noise rock ensemble Ground Zero in the early 1990s, and since then has been combining avant-garde music with more traditional jazz and art music styles. Yoshihide has worked with artists as diverse as Bill Laswell, John Zorn, DJ Spooky, Jim O'Rourke, Yamatsuka Eye and Christian Marclay, and has scored a handful of motion pictures as well as conducting music therapy workshops for children with learning disabilities. Kikoe is a documentary that offers an appropriately eclectic portrait of Yoshihide's music and philosophy, and features footage of the artist performing in several contexts as well as the thoughts of his collaborators and contemporaries. Kikoe was an official selection at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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