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Limited edition Re-press of the deluxe 2LP edition, cut at 45 RPM. Housed in gatefold Tip On-style heavy card jacket with extensive sleeve notes. Limited edition of 500 copies only. Midori Takada's sublime debut album Through The Looking Glass is widely regarded the holy grail of ‘80s Japanese ambient & minimalist music. Originally issued in 1983, the composer and percussionist’s Midori Takada’s first LP Through The Looking Glass, has long remained one of the most coveted and sought after artifacts of the fertile soil surrounding the 1980’s Japanese experimental avant-garde. A near perfect work. A window into the unquestionable singularity of its era and geography. For many record collectors, this is the great holy grail - a nagging frustration, the unobtainable gem - it’s reemergence, the long awaited day. For Japanese experimental avant-garde musicians, the 1980’s was a high water mark - a movement without loyalty, sidestepping association and signifiers - sculpting a spectrum of sound previously unheard and entirely new. Through The Looking Glass sits solidly within this tradition - a layered hybrid of hybrids - Minimalism drawing on the diverse musical traditions of the globe - equally ambient, New Age, and Pop. It is an effort in sonic joy - light and airy, while never loosing sight of the profound depths of creative rigor. It presents an alternate history in the narrative to the history of Minimalist music - both real and hypothetical - the paths and possibilities of rhythm and ambience that Steve Reich and Philip Glass never explored. Through The Looking Glass is unquestionably one of the most engrossing albums of its day - profoundly beautiful and hypnotic to the core - a shimmering gesture in multicultural cross genre utopianism, filling a unacknowledged void with uncharted realms of sound.
Midori Takada is a composer, multi percussionist, and theater artist renowned in Japanese vanguard circles. She will tour Europe this year. Midori released two solo albums: "Through The Looking Glass" and "Tree Of Life" and wrote music for Tadashi Suzuki's theater plays. Her hypnotic, minimalist music is based in the concept of coherence between sound and the human body. She performs solo on marimba and other percussion instruments. She debuted on the scene of Berlin Philharmonic, performing with the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin just after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1974. She continued her career with solo concerts in Japan and abroad. In the 1980s Midori began to explore the traditional music of Asia and Africa. Her fascination resulted in joint projects with Kakraba Lobi from Ghana, Lamine Konte from Senegal, Farafina Band from Burkina Faso, and Korean musicians: zither player Chi Seong-Ja, flute player Won-Il, and saxophone player Kang Tae-Hwan. She also led Mkwaju Ensemble's innovative percussion project and still performs with free-jazz band Ton-Klami with Kang Tae-Hwan and jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh. In the past 20 years, Midori Takada spent more time in theaters than in concert halls – composing and performing live music for theater. She regularly works with Tadashi Suzuki and his Suzuki Company of Toga on their adaptations of "Electra" and "King Lear". Takada's compositions have a remarkable way of affecting the imagination. Her minimalist, contemplative music is filled with the concept of infinity and reminds us of a moon voyage, falling stars, a journey into the ocean, or a walk in the garden. The trans melodies, initially simple, begin to loop and splinter, their rhythm breaking and thickening, slowly drawing the listener into another reality. Every live performance Midori Takada gives is unique and prepared especially for that occasion.