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East Bionic Symphonia
Kazuo Imai – guitar, viola da gamba (upright descant viola), electronics, snake charmer
Kaoru Okabe – found object
Yasushi Ozawa – bass
Tomonao Koshikawa – piano, potentiometers
Hiroshi Shii – wand, water stick
Masami Tada – sound performance, natural materials used as thrown percussion, FX
Tatuo Hattori – FX, electonics
Kazuaki Hamada – percussion, FX
Masaharu Minegishi – whistles, sound performance
Chie Mukai – kokyu (Chinese upright fiddle)
This large ensemble was formed in March 1976 by students of Taj Mahal Travellers leader Takahisa Kosugi. Their sole LP* is number 33 in the Japrocksampler Top 50. They briefly re-formed as the superb Marginal Consort in 1997 - in many ways this new ensemble was far superior as is evidenced by their outstanding album release.
* Henk Zuurveld notes that the original album was released in 1976 by ALM Records. The LP's label number is: al-3001 and also includes an insert.