Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal new wave band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.
In the mid-80’s Mori started to employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Throughout the 90’s she has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music.
Mori won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 1999. In 2000 she started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Mori to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren’s silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in New York and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include Mephista with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, Phantom Orchard with Zeena Parkins, a project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn.