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Friday, Dec. 2, 2005

Electronica maestro takes to the stars

Despite a limited recorded output that has seen him release only two albums in the last five years, electronica musician Rei Harakami is a producer and remixer in demand. The Kyoto-based musician, whose largely instrumental music incorporates jazz and techno, has taken on a variety of collaborative projects with big-selling acts. These have included remixing rock band Quruli and working with female songstress UA, one of the more unpredictable talents working in J-pop.

For "Rei Harakami Special Live at Mi-raikan" in Tokyo, Dec. 16, Harakami will play in the unusual setting of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Odaiba, a space that houses 200 interactive exhibits. The museum is also home to the world's most advanced planetarium projector as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

Sometimes dubbed "the Japanese Aphex Twin," Harakami's reputation was established in underground circles with the release of 2001's "Red Curb." Harakami's music owes a debt to late 1970s electro-pop pioneers Yellow Machine Orchestra, the band that featured Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ha-ruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. On his most recent album, "Lust," which came out earlier this year, Harakami acknowledged as much, covering a Hosono composition, while at a live show earlier this year in Tokyo to mark the third anniversary of the live venue Liquid Room in Ebisu, Hara-kami played a solo show, coaxing his minimalist grooves from behind his laptop, synths and samplers.

"Rei Harakami Special Live" takes place Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at 1F Symbol Zone and 6F Dome Theater Gaia, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), 2-41 Aomi, Taito Ward, Tokyo. Also included in the line-up is DJ Wada and VJ Isao Nishigori from digital creators p.i.c.s.

A limited number of tickets are available from www.liquidroom.net until going on open sale from Dec. 4. Tickets are 3,500 yen (tel. [03] 5486-0800).

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