Yellow Magic Orchestra, Cibo Matto to perform at Big in Japan

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Yellow Magic Orchestra

A U.S. radio station KCRW has revealed some details about its 2011 World Festival, which it holds every year at the Hollywood Bowl in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This year’s festival includes a “Big in Japan” night on June 26, featuring Yellow Magic Orchestra and Cibo Matto.

Described as a “gathering of the biggest names in Japanese pop music,” the event brings Yellow Magic Orchestra together for their first performance in Los Angeles since 1979. The event is also a reunion for Cibo Matto, who formally disbanded in 2001.

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) is a Japanese electropop band formed in 1978, known for pioneering the electropop music genre. The principal members are Haruomi Hosono (bass), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards).

Cibo Matto was a New York City-based band formed by two Japanese women, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, in 1994. The lyrics in their songs are primarily concerned with food and their sound has been described as a combination of “Jazz, Hip-Hop, Brazilian music, African Drumming, and Disco samples.

The event’s description says that additional artists will be announced, and the show will include “traditional kabuki dance and experimental contemporary visuals.”

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