Ambient pioneer Midori Takada to make her NTS debut this week

Midori Takada

NTS has announced that Japanese composer Midori Takada is set to make her first appearance on the station this Tuesday (17 April) at 12pm (BST).

The ambient artist was part of the Mkwaju Ensemble, a short-lived trio that released two albums in 1981, named Mkwaju and Ki-Motion. In 1983 she released her seminal album Through the Looking Glass – which features on Crack Magazine’s list of 7 Essential Japanese Ambient and New Age Records. Though she wasn’t recognised for her work at the time, a YouTube rip propelled it to wider audiences online, and a re-issue last year cemented its status as a cult ambient classic, with Takada now widely regarded as an ambient pioneer.

Last year, Takada toured Europe with support from Visible Cloaks for one performance at the Barbican. Her last full-length is 1999’s Tree of Life, released via BAJ Records.

Check out the announcement from NTS below, and read Crack’s feature 10 Female Artists on their Unsung Pioneers, featuring Midori Takada.