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Window

by Aiko Shimada

This is a collection of strange and beautiful songs. This CD will transport you to another world.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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1. Silent Mark Collins
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2. Me Aiko Shimada
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3. Bye Bye Aiko Shimada
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4. Tokiwasugi Aiko Shimada
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5. Mother's Day Aiko Shimada
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6. I'm No Longer Her Friend Aiko Shimada
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7. Spell and Destiny Aiko Shimada
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8. Where The Sun Shines Aiko Shimada
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9. Into The Ocean Aiko Shimada
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10. Will I See You Again? Aiko Shimada
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11. Sister Aiko Shimada
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12. Window Aiko Shimada
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13. Now Is Aiko Shimada
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14. To Wake From a Dream Aiko Shimada
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15. Simple Mark Collins
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16. Black Moon And A Wooden Face Aiko Shimada
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Local star Shimada has a love for darker colors and more complex musical influences, incorporating jazz and other ethnic sounds into a style that is deeply melodic"
- Seattle Weekly

When you think of Japanese musicians performing in the U.S., one might think of genres such as alternative pop/rock, jazz, noise, and experimental music. Tokyo-born, Seattle based guitarist/singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada has her own unique approach. Victory Review in Seattle described her music as "a spacious, multi-faceted hybrid of jazz, progressive rock, folk and shades of many other influences."

In 2000, Aiko was offered a record project by the world-renowned composer/saxophonist John Zorn. The CD, Blue Marble was released under his label Tzadik, and distributed worldwide in 2001 (produced by New York/Seattle composer/multi-instrumentalist Eyvind Kang with the special guest appearance by Bill Frisell).

Aiko writes and sings songs in both Japanese (her native language) and English. She performs solo or with her band (Dave Carter on flugelhorn, Mark Collins on upright bass, and David Brogan on drums) throughout the Northwest as well as on the East and West coasts. She has collaborated with musicians like Robin Holcomb, Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, Lonnie Plaxico, Tucker Martine, Danny Barnes, and has opened for musicians such as Jane Siberry, Wayne Horvitz, Mount Analog, Living Daylight's Jessica Lurie, and Amy Denio.

a w a r d s
In 2001, Aiko became one of the four Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award recipients in the music category. One the same year, the collaborative Japanese lullaby CD, Oyasumi, received a Gold Medal by Parents Choice Award.

r e l e a s e s (compact discs)
2001 Blue Marble (TZADIK)
produced by Eyvind Kang & Evan Schiller, special guests by Bill Frisell.

2001 Oyasumi (Koto World)
Japanese traditional songs and lullabies, Elizabeth Falconer on koto (Japanese harp)

2000 Sound (East Works Entertainment)
released in Japan only

2000 Another Full Moon (Bera)
Produced by Aiko Shimada and Tucker Martine.

1998 Window (Bera)
Produced by Aiko Shimada.

1995 Bright and Dark (Bera)
Produced by Aiko Shimada.


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Award-winning guitarist/singer/songwriter who has worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, and other names that tell you something interesting is inside. She has a love for darker colors and more complex musical influences, incorporating jazz and other ethnic sounds into a style that is deeply melodic. Songs in both Japanese (her native language) and English. She's opened for Jane Siberry, and her style reminds me of that same sparse delicate beauty in this genre.

Richard Stringfellow

Haunting, beautiful, subtle, near perfect
This album crosses the lines between folk and jazz. It evokes those grey days from the Pacific Northwest. The playing is top notch. The artist writes beautiful, almost lilting songs. Her lyrics are lovely pieces of poetry. Simply, this is an amazing record that everyone should own.

Tamara D. Turner

A wonderfully unsettling folk jazz album with an eerie and brooding beauty
This strangely ominous and beautiful folk jazz album is like a distant lighting storm you can't hear- one that pierces through a pink and orange twilight sky burdened with foreboding clouds. Tokyo born singer/songwriter, Aiko, leads the listener through this shadowy, overcast landscape where dark black pools of good intent stagnate, dissonant echoes of bitter laughter and nostalgic smells tug at your memory. All the while, her world maintains a naked accessibility for discerning audiences as she paints poetry with her music, not just her lyrics. Adrift on an ambivalent breeze of reflection, like the last leaf of autumn before the quiet death of winter sets in, this poignant album is one that will seize and abandon you like a half-forgotten dream.

Kelly Brennan

what im looking for when i search for new artists...
...this cd is thrilling in that it pushes the boundaries of what is available "out there" in music, defies conventionality, but completley takes you along for the ride. it is warm, lyrical, haunting, sensual and technically brilliant. who could ask for more?!