Japanese vocal artist Hatis Noit performed a live collaboration session with legendary UK producer Kevin Richard Martin — aka The Bug — for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction which aired Thursday last week. Listen back to the show in full featuring four unique pieces recorded at Maida Vale Studios this summer.
Previously only available in Japan, Hatis Noit released her enigmatic EP Illogical Dance worldwide via Erased Tapes to much acclaim in March of this year, revealing her unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western Classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambience atmosphere. Since then, Hatis Noit has performed for Late Junction’s Exposure series at Spiritland for Radio 3’s Japanese season, Blossoms, taken part in Nick Luscombe’s architecture and music project Musicity with her interpretation of London’s White Cube gallery, supported Colin Stetson at EartH and was invited to collaborate with the experimental drone choir NYX for their debut show last month.
There’s more to come in 2019 with a very special live collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra for The Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO alongside Rival Consoles, Qasim Naqvi and Michael Price, as well as supporting Pan Daijing at London’s Kings Place as part of their Venus Unwrapped series, shining a light on female composers.
Hailing from the distant Shiretoko, a small town in Hokkaido, which is the largest island in north Japan, Hatis Noit’s accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught, inspired by everything she could find from Gagaku — Japanese classical music — and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists. The sounds she created on Illogical Dance, co-produced by Haruhisa Tanaka and Matmos, bring to mind the experimental vocal patterns of Meredith Monk with the attentive production of Holly Herndon.
Tracks Performed on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction:
1. Between Worlds
2. Different Language
3. Saisho No Arashi
· watch the video for ‘Saisho No Arashi’ filmed & edited by Alex Kozobolis
· listen back to BBC Radio 3's Late Junction
· book tickets to see Hatis Noit at Kings lace