Osaka Fortune is the meeting of two Norwegians and to Japanese artists – two drummers and two noise musicians. The album was recorded in Osaka, Japan February 2011. The quartet had previously performed live together, but this time they set up a studio recording on their tour of Japan.
Jojo Hiroshige is the guitarist and leader of infamous Japanese noise band Hijokaidan, which has been going since 1979, known for their violent and energetic performances. Hiroshige has also run Alchemy Records since the early 80's, which is now concidered a seminal record label for Japanese underground music.
Paal Nilssen-Love is Norwegian drummer known for bands like The Thing and Atomic, as well as continious collaborations with musicans like Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark.
Lasse Marhaug is one of the most active in the Norwegian underground music scene, with several hundred of releases to his name, as well as performing live on all corners of the world over the last 20 years.
Pika is best known as the drummer of the Japanese rock duo Afrirampo, which ended their activities in 2010. She's also played in Acid Mother's Temple and several other Osaka-related projects.
42. I / Increase.
"Obstacles are overcome, good fortune, share this with others and receive your true reward."
(I sometimes cast an I-Ching reading whilst listening).
Dream team...Dream Results. John Cratchley