An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage -- Recent News -- 2004

An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage
Recent News -- 2004

December 9, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   PSF plans to release the compilation, Tokyo Flashback Volume 5 on January 25, 2005. Haino will have a track on it.

New Releases:   The promotional cd and dvd that were part of the 20th anniversary campaign of PSF and Alchemy records are beginning to arrive in mailboxes overseas. Haino has two tracks on the compilation cd and one track on the promotional dvd. See the compilation and video sections of the discography respectively for additional information.

November 19, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   PSF plans to release a new Haino solo record in January, 2005. No additional information currently available.

November 11, 2004
Soundtrack:   Haino recently performed in Graz, Austria on October 7 & 9 at an exhibition by the American artist Cameron Jamie. Haino composed the soundtrack for the latest film by Jamie, JO. He performed the soundtrack live in Graz. More information is located here. If you have more information on this soundtrack, or a review, or comments on commercial availability of the soundtrack, send me the information and I will post it. There is a film poster here.

September 8, 2004
Live Dates:   Haino will be performing in four countries outside Japan in the next two months. He will play in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on September 9, solo and in duo with David Toop. He will play in Graz, Austria on October 7 & 9 at an exhibition by the American artist Cameron Jamie. Vajra will play the Instal Festival in Glasgow, Scotland on October 17. Haino will play in Taipei, Taiwan on October 23. See the Live Dates section of the website for more details and links.

August 23, 2004
Live Dates:   Haino will be performing at the music festival: The Night of the Unexpected in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on Thursday, September 9, 2004. It appears that event will be held at the Paradiso. This site lists a number of others on the bill including Tatiana Koleva, David Toop, Erik M, Cosmos, Thomas Brinkmann... If you have any other information, please send it to me.

August 16, 2004
Forthcoming Releases:   The PSF/Alchemy 20th anniversary promotional campaign offer has been made available to customers outside Japan. You can see the info on PSF's website

August 12, 2004
Live Dates:   Vajra is making their debut performance outside Japan at the Instal Music Festival in Glasgow on Sunday, October 17, 2004. See the Live Dates section for more information.

Visuals:   We have added some pictures of Haino in Sweden from August 7 & 8, 2004. The pictures are courtesy of Mårten Sahlen.

New Release:   The Haino & Michihiro Sato duo album on PSF has been released and has reached some overseas distributors. See the collaboration section of the discography for more details. Please feel free to leave a review on the reviews page of this site.

July 23, 2004
Visuals:   The website has added some new photos of Haino performing live, including February 13, 2004 in Sydney Australia by Toby Gibson, May 15, 2004 in Tokyo by Michel Henritzi, and numerous performances in 2004 in Tokyo by Phil Snider.

July 22, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   PSF will release on July 25, the new duo featuring Keiji Haino on acoustic guitar and Michihiro Sato on tsugaru-shamisen. The title of the release is Tayu tayu to tadayoitamae kono furue and the catalog number is PSFD-8018. Here is the press release:

Fascinating and incendiary string-meshing duel between two contemporary masters of musical metaphysics.

Michihiro Sato is a master of the tsugaru-jamisen, a traditional plucked and strummed stringed instrument. But forget anything you may have heard about the delicate restraint of Japanese traditional music. Sato plays in the rough, ultra-speedy, explosively percussive style associated with the bleak, rural and snowbound far north of Japan. Originally associated with blind minstrels, the instrument underwent a huge revival in the sixties and seventies, becoming a counter-cultural symbol of brutal hardship, rural authenticity, and indigenous creativity. In the hands of a virtuoso like Sato (a two-time winner of the national championship), the shamisen is an instrument that can generate emotional involvement and pulses of sheer, untrammelled excitement. Sato is also unique in his field for his willingness to experiment and play with other improvisers. Previous collaborators have included John Zorn, Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, Christian Marclay, Sean Meehan and Kan Mikami.

Sato’s first studio meeting with Keiji Haino sees a rare melding of open minds and taut strings. Common languages are invented, experimented with and discarded at will. Haino revisits the evocative nylon-strung guitar style he first explored on Hikari yami uchitokeaish kono hibiki (PSFD-8017), laying down fields and forests of string texture, while Sato burns blazing trails of narrow-beam intensity straight through the middle of your skull.

If you have any additional information on this release, please email me.

July 21, 2004
Forthcoming Releases:   Both Alchemy and PSF are celebrating their 20th anniversaries this year, and to mark this occasion they have announced a joint campaign. The campaign runs between July 25th and September 25th. If you send in stickers from the CDs shown on this page,, (20 PSF titles 20 Alchemy titles, and 2 new compilations on Teichiku), you can get a variety of unreleased items. Two stickers gets you a cd with unreleased tracks by Kan Mikami, Keiji Haino, Hijokaidan, Oshiripenpenzu, etc. Three stickers gets you the CD and a live DVD(R) containing tracks by Haino, Kazuki Tomokawa, Jojo Hiroshige, Masonna, Ultra Bide, etc.
Last date for sending in stickers is 10 October, and the goods will be dispatched during November. There's an address to apply and further details on the page above, all in Japanese. This offer is currently available only inside Japan. Sometime in the latter half of August, this offer will be extended for a 2 or 3 week period to people outside Japan. When more details arrive, they will be posted.

If you have any additional information on this release, please email me.

July 20, 2004
New Release:   The Cafe Independants [sic] is a venue in Kyoto, Japan. There is a record label, Cafe Independants Label, associated with the venue that has released a new cd featuring Keiji Haino. The cd contains a live performance of a trio featuring Keiji Haino (g), Tatsuya Yoshida (dr), and Mitsuro Natsuno (b) from January 23, 2004. While this line-up resembles Knead, it is not. Knead features Hisashi Sasaki on bass. See the collaborations section of the discography for more information.

If you have any additional information on this release, please email me. Please feel free to leave a review on the reviews page of this site.

July 19, 2004
Live Dates:   The Nursery (, has been promoting "experimental" culture in Stockholm since 1997. They've invited Haino to Sweden, and there are going to be two concerts:

Saturday August 7th @ Konstmuseet (The Art Museum) in Norrkoping
Sunday August 8th @ Fylkingen in Stockholm

Haino's visit is part of a huge festival called Tokyo Style (, which will present many different aspects of Japanese culture for a Swedish audience; music, art, dance, design, architecture, gastronomy, you name it...

July 14, 2004
Live Dates:   Haino & Masami Akita, of Merzbow fame have been performing as a duo. They have named this duo Kikuri. Their duo performances include February 7, 2004 at The Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane, Australia and July 2, 2004 at Shinjuku Loft in Tokyo. Those in attendance briefly described the performance as Merzbow with a Haino flair. Their next gig is July 19, 2004 at the venue, Noon in Osaka. This is not the first time that Haino and Masami Akita have performed together. They played in a trio with K.K. Null on June 20, 1999 at 20000V in Tokyo.

May 27, 2004
New Additions to the Discography of Old Heretofore Unknown Releases:   I have added three older releases with limited distribution to the discography. The first addition is a CD-R compilation from the Pol 6 Festival Neue Musik, which took place September 27 to 29, 2001 at Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany.

The second addition is the 1988 film, Tribe, written and directed by John Duncan, and released on his AQM label. About five minutes of otherwise unavailable Fushitusha can be heard as background music during the film.

The third release is a cassette-only release of Fushitsusha, also on John Duncan's AQM label. It contains pirate FM radio broadcasts over Radio 100, Amsterdam. It is part of a cassette series during 1988-1989 released on AQM, NL. Other releases in the series included Toshiji Mikawa, Katsu Mizugachi, Yasunori Taniguchi, and Senji Jegog.

If you have any additional information on any of these releases, please email me. Please feel free to leave a review on the reviews page of this site.

May 21, 2004
New Release:   The two new albums on DSA, both titled Black Blues have been released by Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier. You can order them from their website. They're running a promotion too - both titles for 27 euros, plus postage. Please feel free to leave a review on the reviews page of this site.

May 11, 2004
New URL:   Unexpectedly, the ISP that hosts "An Unofficial Keiji Haino Website" changed the name of their web server. The new location is . If you have bookmarked or linked to the site, change it.

May 7, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   The release date for the forthcoming duo of Keiji Haino & Michihiro Sato on PSF has been pushed back to July 25, 2004. The recording is being described as a titanic battle between gut guitar and tsugaru-shamisen. (When Japanese say 'gut guitar', they mean an acoustic guitar with nylon (as opposed to steel) strings.) There you have it.

May 4, 2004
New Release:   The new PSF compilation, Undecided, has been released. This compilation features one track by Haino on hurdy gurdy and electronics of length 10:39 from a live performance on September 20, 2003. See the compilation section of the discography for more details. Please feel free to leave a review on the reviews page.

Forthcoming Release:   I have added the covers and the track times for the two new Haino cds coming out on Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier sometime this month. See the forthcoming section of the discography for more details.

April 13, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   The French Label, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, has released more information about their two new cds from Keiji Haino, both of which are titled, Black Blues. Each album contains the same six songs, but one album contains soft acoustic versions of the songs and the other contains violent electric versions. The songs include See that My Grave is Kept Clean, which was originally recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929), a black country blues recording artist of central Texas in the 1920's. Haino has been playing a version of this song under the title, Ore no haka wo kirei ni shite kure for the past several years and it has become something of a fan favorite. Finally, it will see official release not once but twice. For the rest of the track titles and more information, see the forthcoming releases section of the discography. The discs are scheduled to be released just prior to Haino's French tour at the end of May, 2004.

April 10, 2004
New Release:   The UK Label, Swordfish Records, has just released a new compact disc by Keiji Haino. The cd features Haino on solo guitar and voice. The title is Next Let Us Try Changing the Shape. It is supposed to be a creative continuation of the the PSF 2002 release, First let's remove the color. In five to six weeks, Swordfish Records will release a limited edition double lp version.

March 31, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   The Japanese Label, PSF Records, intends to release 2 new compact discs, which include Keiji Haino. The first cd is a duo of Keiji Haino & Michihiro Sato. The tentative release date is June 25, 2004. The recording date is April 23, 2004.

The second cd is a compilation of previously unreleased material from Keiji Haino, Kazuo Imai, Junichiro Ohkuchi, Michihiro Sato, Yoshihide Otomo, and Masayoshi Urabe. The release date for this cd is April 25, 2004.

March 24, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   The French Label, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, intend to release simultaneously 2 new solo albums by Keiji Haino. This project is a special concept by Haino for which details will come soon, but it is rumored that one cd will be acoustic and the other electric. The release date is scheduled for May 2004 to fit with Haino's French tour.

Reissue:   Furthermore, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, intend to reissue two recordings, originally released in 1995 on the same label, that have been out of print for some time. These recordings are Keiji Haino's A Challenge to Fate and Fushitsusha's A Caution Appears.

Live Dates:   In the March 19 update, there is mention of a tentative London concert this spring. This London concert is canceled. Outside of Japan this spring, there will only be the 5 concerts in France.

March 19, 2004
Live Dates:   In the current issue of The Wire, there is a small advertisement for a Keiji Haino concert in London on Monday, June 7, 2004. This is a tentative date. Stay tuned for updates. If you want more details contact Please put Keiji Haino in the subject line.

March 18, 2004
Live Dates:   The Haino concert in Poitiers, France has changed venues. It will be at CARRE BLEU, 2Bis r Nimègue 86000 POITIERS (Tel 05 49 45 88 78). See the Feb 8, 2004 update for other dates and locations.

February 26, 2004
Live Dates:  All 5 dates in France in May-June 2004 are now confirmed. See the Feb 8, 2004 update for dates and locations.

February 8, 2004
Forthcoming Release:   The French label, Turtles' Dream, will release a second Keiji Haino album with a projected release date of Autumn, 2004. This will be solo Haino, as was the first cd on Turtles' Dream, "C'est parfait" endoctriné tu tombes la tête la première released in January, 2003.

Live Dates:  Michel Henritzi of the French Labels, A Bruit Secret & Turtles' Dream is organizing a Keiji Haino solo tour in France during the end of May and early June, 2004. Tentative and confirmed dates are as follows:
  • 29 May Montreuil (instants chavirés)
  • 31 May Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (festival Musique Action)
  • 03 June Bourges (emmetrop)
  • 04 June Nantes (pannonica)
  • 05 June Poitiers (confort moderne)

January 1, 2004
New Release:   Three new releases featuring Haino are now available. The first is the compilation, Electric Pure Land Stars, featuring never before released Lost Aaraaff material. The second is the Haino solo improvised acoustic guitar cd on PSF, Hikari yami uchitokeaishi kono hibiki. The third is a limited edition Haino solo guitar and voice cd available only from PSF from December 24, 2003 through January 31, 2004, titled Koko. For more information on the last cd, see here. See the discography for more information on each release. Visit the reviews page to leave a review.

Live Dates:  We have confirmed dates for Fushitsusha in Australia:
  • Sat 7 Feb at the Brisbane Powerhouse - Brisbane 2004
  • Fri 13 Feb at the Annadale Hotel Sydney 2004
  • Mon 16 Feb at Revolver Upstairs Melbourne 2004
They are traveling as part of the What is Music Festival. More information is here


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