An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage -- Recent News -- 2002

An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage
Recent News -- 2002

December 19, 2002
Link:   The Official Haino Site (mostly in Japanese) has posted a list of some discs that Haino has been listening to recently. This time the list is in English. The list is located at

December 8, 2002
Documentary:   Evan Leed of Channel 42 in Poughkeepsie, NY interviewed Keiji Haino and Yasushi Ozawa during their recent trip to the US (playing at Tonic on November 15 & 16, 2002 and visiting a recording studio in NYC). He also videotaped the Haino & Fushitsusha live sets. He is assembling this footage into a documentary on Haino. It will probably be complete sometime spring of 2003, and will air on Channel 34 in Manhattan, and Channel 42 in Poughkeepsie, NY. More information will be posted as definite dates arrive.

December 5, 2002
Live photos:   The Haino site has added a page of photographs of Haino performing live at Tonic in New York City on November 15 & 16, 2002. These photographs were taken by Scott Slimm. Many thanks to him.

Interview:   The next issue of the magazine, Revue & Corrigee, will contain an interview of Fushitusha. This issue is due out at the end of September. Revue & Corrigee is a French language magazine. Michel Hentritzi, operator of the Turtles Dream label soon to release a new Haino solo live cd, conducted the interview.

December 3, 2002
New Release:   Innocent Records has released a 4 cd compilation, The Festival Beyond Innocence CD Series: A Brief History in 67 Chapters which features Haino on three tracks. Complete information is available in the Compilation section of the discography. Currently, this set is available by sending $70 (U.S.) (including shipping) to

Uchihashi Kazuhisa
Tokyo, Japan

November 30, 2002
Live Dates:   Added new live dates for December 2002 through March 2003. All shows are in Japan. Shows include solo, Fushitsusha, Knead, and duets with Natsuki Kido (guitarist of Black Stage), Kazuyuki K. Null (guitarist/vocalist of Zeni Geva, Yona-Kit, solo et al.), Michio Karimata (ss, fl, voice), Kyoko Kuroda (piano), and Kazutoki Umezu.

New Release:   The Haino + Doo Dooettes + Potts album has been released on schedule in Japan. It should take a couple weeks to reach overseas distributors. Anyone who hears it is free to post a review in the reviews page of this website.

November 27, 2002
Forthcoming Release:   Here is some additional info on the forthcoming Haino & Doo Dooettes release:

Doo-Dooettes + Keiji Haino + Rick Potts
Free Rock
PSF -- PSFD-131 -- projected release date: May or June, 2001, rescheduled for November 25, 2002
compact disc - 1 track - 34:50 minutes
Live recording at Pasadena on August 8th, 1982
Dennis Duck (drums)
Fredrik Nilsen (bass)
Tom Recchion (mock cello, strangaphone)
Keiji Haino (guitar)
Rick Potts (guitar)
note: Doo Dooettes are a noise/experimental grouping that came out of the Los Angeles Free Music Society.
  1. Blueprint For The Shimmering Quivers Of The Deep Purple Ultraviolent Tuning Fork

Forthcoming Release:   Here is some info on a new label, Turtles' Dream, whose first release will feature Keiji Haino.

Turtles' Dream presents a series in sound documents - performances recorded live opening on a practice of improvisation worked by psychedelics, drone music and free. These experiments, too rarely exposed here, are loosely connected to the multiple idioms of Rock and Blues, outside the boundaries of fashion and tendencies. Within Turtles' Dream, the musician follows his own path, surrounded by a brotherhood of shadows in his wandering through the darkest of nights. Feel the presence of the great outsiders who helped defining the margins in the History of Music, spanning their shadow here and by: Angus Mc Lise, Albert Ayler, Henry Flynt, Tony Conrad, Kaoru Abe, Ghedalia Tazartes, The Velvet Underground, Antonin Artaud, Hiroshi Kawani, Derek Bailey...

Catalogue :

TDCD-01 : KEIJI HAINO ³ C¹est parfait ² endoctriné tu tombes la tête la première Š ² Live recording at Star's Pine (Tokyo, 2002), Keiji Haino plays rhythmboxes like Cecil Taylor plays piano, mixing rhythms cataclysm at his "Singing". Live act built on the haunting figure of the loop. (upcoming December 2002)

TDCD-02 : CHIE MUKAÏ / RINJI FUKUOKA Improvisation duo played from melancolic & darkness psychedelic side. Chie Mukaï (kokyu, drums, voice) and Rinji Fukuoka (cello, piano, drums) lost them in the opiate meanders of a drone free music. Recorded live the 07 & 08 September 2002 (Tokyo). (upcoming December 2002)

contact :
Michel Henritzi
22 rue St Paul
57950 Montigny-les-Metz

November 22, 2002
Live Dates:   Haino is giving a lecture at Waseda University (Tokyo) on December 4, 2002.

New Release:   The triple CD box set specially compiled to mark The Wire's 20th anniversary, titled The Wire 20 1982-2002: Audio Issue on Mute is available here: There is one Fushitusha track from The Caution Appears on disc three of this compilation.

November 6, 2002
New Release:   Haino's new solo release, "Mazu wa iro o nakuso ka" (First let's remove the color) on PSF (PSFD-8014) has been released. It should show up at overseas distributors soon. The discography has been updated. This release has been classified as a solo studio recording. If you would like to submit a review of this album to the reviews database, please feel free to do so here.

Flyer:   This site has a scan of some photos from an article in a Japanese Rock Magazine of the debut gig of the Head Rush trio from August, 2002. The trio featured Haino, Reck, and Pill.

November 1, 2002
Forthcoming Release:   Here's the press release on Haino's new solo release, "Mazu wa iro o nakuso ka" (First let's remove the color) on PSF (PSFD-8014 (CD), release date: 5 November, 2002) featuring Haino on guitar and vocals:

Gorgeous new bag of home-recorded mystery from Haino. Apparently recorded alone, late at night and at minimal volume, these latest recordings tremble with the same deep-welled emotional sensitivity and sense of veiled threat that animated classics like Watashi Dake?, Affection and Era of Sad Wings. With the trademark roar of his guitar held in check by necessity, Haino instead builds up a base of gently fractured looped riffs, over which he unfurls snaking, jagged ribbons of blue notes, layers of choral chant and whispered warnings. The atmosphere is replete with suggestions of medieval music, delta blues, and jazz - but glimpsed through a constantly shifting, dark and alien fog. The effect is entirely beautiful, managing to be impossibly touching, deeply meditative, and truly scary all at once. This is one that will suck the air out of the corners of your room late at night.

Forthcoming Release:   The Haino & Doo Dooettes cd, "Free Rock" on PSF has had its release date postponed to November 25, 2002. Since the album was recorded in 1982, what's another month waiting for it?

October 29, 2002
New Release:   There is a triple CD box set specially compiled to mark The Wire's 20th anniversary, titled The Wire 20 1982-2002: Audio Issue on Mute to be released: November 18, 2002.
Track 10 of disc three of this compilation is a Fushitsusha track, previously released as Track 5 (04:42) on The Caution Appears (Les disques du soleil et de l'acier, CDSA 54039, 1995).
If anyone gets a catalog number or a scan of the box cover, send it in.

October 22, 2002
Live Dates:   The live dates for the Finland tour have been modified. This tour now includes a 4 shows, with stops in Kuopio (October 26), Turku (October 29), Tampere (October 30), and Helsinki (November 1). The line-ups have also changed from what was previously posted. See the Live Dates section of this website for more information.

October 20, 2002
Visuals:   I added a poster and a flyer for the Haino show in Helsinki on November 1, 2002 to the site. Thanks to Vesa Vehvilainen.

October 18, 2002
New Release:   There is another Haino Solo album to be released soon. PSF plans to release an album titled "Mazu wa iro o nakusouka!! ", or "To start with, let's remove the color". The release date is November 5, 2002. The press released posted on PSF Records, USA is as follows:

The most recent solo recording of Keiji Haino. The vocal and guitar arrangements evoke a deep and quiet atmosphere rarely heard these days. His vocal echoes are as emotionally touching as if he is praying; the clarity of his voice is reminescent of medieval chants. The most masterly vocal album of Haino's ever recorded.

New Release:   The Haino Solo Live album will be released on the new label "Turtles Dream" rather than "A Bruit Secret", as originally noted. Michel Henritzi operates both labels. It appears that the release date has been moved to November.

New Release:   The Haino/Doo Dooettes album on PSF, "Free Rock" is still on target for an October 25, 2002 release. The press released posted on PSF Records, USA is as follows:

Live recording at PASADENA on August 8th, 1982. Different from a studio recording, improvisation by Doo-Dooettes & Keiji Haino so vivid that it's hard to believe that the sound is from two decades ago. An explosion of Haino's guitar not to be missed. We' ve started preparation of this release three years ago and it's finally completed! "FREE ROCK" is a beautiful fusion of free jazz, modern music, and psychedelic.

Live Dates:   The Japanese Haino site lists the Tonic gig on November 15th as starting at 8pm and the bill as being Haino, Jim Black and "others". The November 16th date featuring Fushitsusha lists two sets, one at 8pm and one at 10pm.

Live Dates:   The Keiji Haino/Akio Suzuki event at Xebec in Kobe on November 8 is now listed on the Xebec site at If you click the flier, you get a bigger version of the flyerwhich gives you the booking details in English.

October 16, 2002
New Release:   The forthcoming Haino Solo Live album is to be released on the French label, A Bruit Secret. It features Haino on samplers and voice. This is a live album of a concert in Tokyo in Spring 2002.

September 30, 2002
New Release:   The NYC venue, Tonic, has released a compilation titled, "Live at Tonic, Volume 1". It is a limited edition cd available only at the Tonic Box Office. Musicians include:
  • Arto Lindsay
  • Emergency: John Zorn, John Medeski, Marc Ribot & Ben Perowsky
  • Joey Baron & Vinicius Cantuaria
  • Dougie Bowne's Peninsula
  • Derek Bailey & Min Xiao-Fen
  • Erik Friedlander, Sylvie Courvoisier & Ikue Mori
  • Z'EV, Haino Keiji & Ikue Mori
  • Susie Ibarra Trio
  • Loren Mazzacane Connors & Kim Gordon
  • Marina Rosenfeld & Raz Mesinai
The cover can be seen at

From Tonic: "If you send a money order for $18 (CD plus shipping and handling) made payable to Tonic/MJ Frenzy we will send the CD to you immediately. Please include the address you'd like us to send the CD to."

Attention: Melissa
107 Norfolk Street
New York, NY
September 29, 2002
Forthcoming Release:   Keiji Haino will release a new cd of a solo live performance from Tokyo, March, 2002 sometime in late October of 2002. The title of the cd and the name of the label are not yet known, although it is known to be a French label. The release will be in an edition of 800. Anyone with additional information is welcome to submit it.

Live Dates:   Added more live dates for November. This includes 2 shows in New York, including a collaborative show with "members of the NYC downtown scene" and a Fushitsusha show.
September 17, 2002
Live Dates:   Added a bunch of live dates for late September, October, and early November. This includes a 5 show tour of Finland, with stops in Kuopio (October 25 & 26), Turku (October 29), Tampere (October 30), and Helsinki (November 1). If anyone happens to record these shows, let me know.

August 25, 2002
Links:   This site at features some shots of Haino's Ongaku no himitsu one-man orchestra project from Sept 22 last year at Hosei University in Tokyo.

Live Report:   The debut gig by Haino's new group Head Rush (featuring Haino on guitar and vocals, PILL on drums, and Reck [Friction] on bass) is being described as pretty straight rock. Apparently they played covers of The Kinks' You Really Got Me, and Velvet Underground's Venus in Furs.

July 31, 2002
Forthcoming Release:   The Keiji Haino & Doo-Dooettes release on PSF has a new release date of October 25, 2002. The title is apparently going to be "Free Rock". The album was seemingly recorded in 1982!

July 28, 2002
New Release:   The new Vajra album, Mandala Cat Last, has been released on PSF (PSFD-129). It ought to make it to overseas distributors soon. Feel free to enter a reviews of the album in the reviews section. Here is the press release:

Fifth album from the heavyweight PSF super-group of Keiji Haino, Kan Mikami, and Toshiaki Ishitsuka. Veterans all, the group members have a combined playing career of virtually a century. The group has been in a state of suspended animation for the past four years, but this album will hopefully kick off a new phase of activity for them.

What makes Vajra unique is its bizarre energy dynamic. Entirely improvised, the three players seem to shoot off in utterly opposing directions: Mikami's rhythm guitar and vocals providing a pulse universal to no one but himself, Ishitsuka beating martial time signatures like three military bands on the one parade ground, and Haino scuttling around slicing and dicing beautiful abyssal depths out from beneath everyone else's feet. Somehow (proof that space is curved?), three individuals arrive at the same place at roughly the same time.

Highlights include the third track, which comes as close to their massive live sound as anything the group has yet recorded. And the set's inevitable eyebrow raising moment? The accappella nursery rhyme version of Mikami's "Koppu wa kowareru daro" (off Live in the First Year of Heisei vol.2).

July 19, 2002
Lyrics:   Added some lyrics from Origin's Hesitation translated by Matthew Pendleton. He promises more soon, so stay tuned.

July 9, 2002
Live Dates:   Added a bunch of live dates for July and August (all venues in Japan), including an August 17 debut performance of the new trio Head Rush featuring Haino on guitar and vocals, PILL on drums, and Reck [Friction] on bass, at Hosei University, Iidabashi, Tokyo.

June 25, 2002
Interview:   The cover of the new issue of The Wire containing a lengthy interview of Haino by Alan Cummings can be seen at

The Reviews section of this site is functioning again.

June 19, 2002
The Reviews section of this site will not be functioning for a while.

June 18, 2002
New Release:   The Haino solo percussion video and the Knead cd are now available domestically. Forced Exposure is now carrying them.
Feel free to enter reviews of either of them in the reviews section.

Interview:   The forthcoming issue of The Wire (July, 2002 I think) contains a lengthy interview of Haino by Alan Cummings. The interview was conducted during the Le Weekend Festival in Stirling, Scotland on April 27 & 28, 2002.

May 25, 2002
New Release:   The Haino Percussion Video has been released on PSF. Overseas distribution is forthcoming.

New Release:   Haino and Ruins combine to form the band, Knead. Their first cd, titled 1st has been released on PSF.

New Release:   Vajra (Keiji Haino, Mikami Kan, and Toshiaki Ishizuka) plan to release their first album in five years. The projected release date is July 22, 2002 on PSF.

May 21, 2002
Live Dates:   Added a bunch of life dates for June and July, 2002. All dates in Japan.

Miscellaneous Links:   There is currently a site up that has some photographs of the recording session for Kazuki Tomokawa's Erise no Me (March 20, 2001). Haino played on a couple tracks on this album. These are the least posed photos of Haino around. The address is . Here is a thumbnail from one of the pictures at that site. (Text in Japanese.)
link to
(photo credit: Naoki Ozeki)

April 27, 2002
Labels:   PSF Records now has an on-line store in English. The address is .

April 2, 2002
Forthcoming Release:   A video of a Keiji Haino solo percussion performance is to be released by PSF (PSFV-3) with a projected release date of May 10, 2002. This release is video only and was recorded in 2000. Those who have seen Haino perform know that there is a visual element to his performances in all of his ensembles. However, the percussion performances have a visual element which is at least as prominent as the aural element. This should be a hit.

Forthcoming Release:   The band, Knead, is formed by the collaboration of Keiji Haino with RUINS. PSF plans a May 25, 2002 release of their first album, appropriately titled, 1st, (PSFD-128). Recorded on December 8th, 2001.

March 21, 2002
Magazine:   The new issue of "Salt" is out now, featuring Acid Mothers Temple on tour, Aufgehoben No Process, Gary Smith, BORIS, Burmese, part two of Chria Yambar's interview, and profiles of two independent labels, Monotremata and Rock'n'Roleplay Records.    Contact and purchasing information is given in the Interviews section.

Forthcoming Release:   The Official Japanese Haino Site reports that a video recording of a live percussion performance by Haino will be released in May, 2002.    No other information is currently available.

March 7, 2002
Live Dates:   The Haino and Yoshida duo disc, Until Water Grasps Flame is apparently a little difficult to find in North America.    Verge Music Distribution is carrying it.

Februrary 18, 2002
Live Dates:   Haino and Tatsuya Yoshida will tour Taiwan & China from March 17 to 24, including Taipei, Macau, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Qingdao.

Live Dates:   Haino will perform at Le Weekend Festival in Stirling, Scotland.    Other artists appearing: at the festival include David S Ware Quartet, William Parker group, Shizuka, and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.    Haino's dates are as follows:
  • 27 April (Sat) Haino solo
  • 28 April (Sun) Fushitsusha

Februrary 16, 2002
New Release :   I have added the complete information for the Haino and Yoshida collaboration, Until Water Grasps Flame, in the Collaboration section of the discography.    I have added contact information for the label, Noise Asia, out of Hong Kong in the labels section of the site.   

Live Dates:   More live dates for March and April have been added to the site. The live dates are all in Japan, except for March 17-24 in Taiwan & China.

Februrary 2, 2002
New Release :   Keiji Haino and Tatsuya Yoshida (of Ruins and numerous other projects) have released a collaborative record titled Until Water Grasps Flame.    The label is Noise Asia, out of Hong Kong.    I haven't seen the cd in overseas distributors quite yet but it ought to be there soon.    Anyone who would like to submit a review of the album is welcome to do so at the Haino Reviews Database.

January 3, 2002
New Reissue :   Magical Power Mako has reissued the 5 Hapmoniym cds as a boxed set on Mio Records (Israel), with catalogue number Mio 001.    The box is in an edition of 500 numbered copies, including five slim-line jewel case CDs packed in a heavy-duty box; with a booklet of liner notes (English and Japanese languages), and photos.    These five cds were originally released as five individual cds in limited editions by Naohiro Ukawa's label, MoM 'n' DaD, as HAPMONIYM Volumes 1 through 5 in 1995.    Haino appears on volume one. Haino is recognizable (on voice) for only one song (about six minutes) of the first, single track cd.    In early 2000, the Atavistic records website listed this boxed set as a forthcoming release with catalogue number, ALP109-113BX, and a projected release date of Summer 2000. This boxed set has not been released by Atavistic.    Anyone who would like to submit a review of the album is welcome to do so at the Haino Reviews Database.


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