Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in
1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO
WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim
Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new
brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering
the face of rock music.
In the mid 80’s Ikue started in employ
drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music.
While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum
machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive
Through out in 90’s She has subsequently collaborated with
numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while
continuing to produce and record her own music.
1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the
soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One
hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary
Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.
Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital
Music category in 99.
In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer
to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her
scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN
ensemble, wrote and premired the piece “Aphorism”
also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship.
2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street
and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music
since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.
Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, KIBYOSHI project with Koichi Makigami and Mark Nauseef and various ensembles with John Zorn.