Consequent Duos: series 2c
Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark
"The music, though completely improvised, has a highly detailed, formal architecture that runs throughout its 38 minutes. The material unfolds with a true sense of surprise and risk, as it does on each occasion that Mori and Vandermark work together."
Ikue Mori & Maja S.K. Ratkje
"The common sound territory, created together by Mori and Ratkje, balances between quietly growing tension and powerful outbursts of unrestrained, relentless noise. Within this harmony, Ratkje takes adventurous excursions towards the borders and unknown facets of sound, using treated voice as well as an acoustic and electronic workshop, while Mori's thoughtful laptop provides a strong frame and a sense of deep focus. In these carefully crafted, long and nuanced compositions, both artists maneuver between meditative, ritual areas and irregular, elusive noise blots. The most astonishing element of this superb performance is the realization that even though the compositions are entirely intuitive, created without any previous planning, guidelines or negotations, the listener can sense a nearly palpable sense of deep connection and understanding between the artists. Their knowledge and keen, immediate communication create an invisible harness, which naturally directs the stream of improvisation. This engaging, exhaustive listen is a contemplative retreat and a daring, dizzying somersault at once'. -Olga Drenda"
Chordis Et Machina
Ikue Mori / Christian Rønn
"Endless probing that hooks into your neurons, this album leaves sonic organisms floating around you. Even if that's merely an illusion, the alchemy of Mori and Rønn’s hyperactive stew is very real. -Marc Masters"
Prickly Pear Cactus
Ikue Mori, Satoko Fuji & Natsuki Tamura
""While this is not the first collaboration between Mori, Fujii, and Tamura, Prickly Pear Cactus manages to raise their game to new levels of abstraction even while containing nods toward more conventional notions of musicality. Well done." - Avant Music News"
Kaze & Ikue Mori
"Intense and playful, down-to-earth and international, Kaze communicates in a musical language of contrasts and continuity. —Virginia Schaefer, JazzTimes"
Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019
"A collection of duo recordings featuring Ken Vandermark in collaboration with internationally renowned, and critically acclaimed, musicians: Kris Davis, Hamid Drake, Paul Lytton, Ikue Mori, and William Parker. The material is documented on 5 CDs and was recorded during performances at Vandermark’s second Stone residency in New York City during January of 2018, and at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. "
Live at Big Apple in Kobe
"The word ‘Mahobin’ means ‘thermos bottle’ but also ‘magic bottle’ in Japanese, and the magic made at the club that retained its passion throughout meant that this fledgling group had lived up to both meanings of the name. -S. Victor Aaron, SomethingElse Reviews, Oct 2018"
Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley + Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark
"Quantity is seldom a per se value, but we have here one hundred and nine minutes of pure, passionate, involving high quality music."
Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura & Ikue Mori
""The group chemistry is magical on pianist-composer Satoko Fujii's Aspiration, featuring an all-star quartet with trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Natsuki Tamura, and laptop player Ikue Mori. The nearly telepathic link among them takes the music into places where it grows ever deeper and more intuitive." - Brathwaite & Katz"
Light and Shade
Tim Daisy & Ikue Mori
"Light and Shade is the latest release by Chicago based composer and percussionist Tim Daisy. A selection of material recorded on various instruments reconstructed, reimagined, and remixed by NYC based electronic musician Ikue Mori. A remote collaboration shaped during a unique moment in time."