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Kato Hideki, Bayt

Music by Kato Hideki, the Japanese-born musician, composer and sound artist, who lives in Brooklyn. This nearly hour-long piece from 2006, called Bayt (the Arabic and Hebrew word for house), is performed by his project Green Zone with Hideki on electric bass, baritone guitar, violin, viola, analog synth and water, Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, and Uemura Masahiro on drums.

Kato Hideki is the co-founder of Death Ambient with Ikue Mori and Fred Frith. His other groups outside of Green Zone are: OMNI wtih Nakamura Toshimaru and Akiyama Tetsuji. As a bassist, he has worked with Eyvind Kang, Karen Mantler, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Jim Pugliese, John Zorn among many others. Besides his own projects, Kato collaborates with Nicolas Collins, James Fei, Christian Marclay, Ursula Scherrer, Michael Schumacher & Esther Venrroy. He is also a member of analog synthesizer collective, Analogos.


Experimental Composers


The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."