Als Vorgeschmack auf ihren Auftritt beim Week-End Fest #9 freuen wir uns Emerson Kitamura & mmm im Laden für ein kleines Konzert zwischen 14h und 16h zu Gast zu haben.
Since the late 80’s, Emerson Kitamura has participated ceaselessly both in the indie and the mainstream scenes of Japan. He has supported a number of respected artists such as IMAWANO Kiyoshiro, EGO-WRAPPIN’ and Kicell. He had begun his career as a keyboardist in bands MUTE BEAT and JAGATARA and thus has close bonds with the reggae and African beat scenes, though Kitamura himself carries an easygoing air that is not as “macho” as those music genre can tend to characterize. In 2014, he has released an all-instrumental solo album and since has performed many solo shows which are known as “Emer-Solo” shows. In 2019, he was invited for his first tour in Nairobi, Kenya.
Pronounced me-my-mo, mmm is the solo alias of Tokyo-based Moe Ishii. She has been active in the Tokyo indie scene since 2006.Though born in Japan, she spent much of her youth in Singapore and enrolled in an art school in California, USA to study the flute, then began writing and performing her own music in her late teens upon returning to Japan. Her bilingual sense of rhythm and words attracted many from the beginning of her career and her music was soon released from CGCG Publishing ran by artist-run space Nanahari, as well as bijin record ran by Nisennenmondai, and kiti-label, a then-brand new label specializing in singer-songwriters. She has sung and played the flute in numerous projects and can be heard on records by OGRE YOU ASSHOLE, SLY MONGOOSE, Ohshu, OONO YUUKI and many more.As an active translator she has worked with labels includingSweet Dreams Press, HEADZ and Thrill Jocky, as well as associations such as Asian Sounds Research.She has played in Korea in 2016 and NY in 2017. Her latest work under her solo alias is her home recorded “Safe Mode” released in 2014.