Hiroki Okano was initiated as a Buddhist monk, but he decided to take a different path. Throughout the 1990s, Okano made beautiful , delicately etched albums like Enn , Hearing There and Rainbow Over the Gypsy Hill, some of them on the late-lamented Innovative Communications label. He formed the Wind Travelin’ Band, mixing Japan’s native Ainu artists with contemporary musicians and that band then collaborated with R. Carlos Nakai for the album Island of Bows. He spent the last decade or so playing in jam bands and other music experiments including collaborations with English New Age artist Nigel Shaw, but he returns to form on a new CD called .jp. We’ll also hear a new, deep electronic journey from Steve Roach called Spiral Meditations. We’ll be hearing a lot more about Steve Roach next Tuesday when we feature him talking about the 30th anniversary of Structures from Silence.
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