Alan Patton is a multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with a long list of well-known artists of the thriving Tokyo underground theater and music scenes. Originally from California, he arrived in Japan in 1996 and began playing music full-time after moving from the countryside to Tokyo in 2000. His music is heavily influenced by much of the traditional music of Eastern Europe, in which very dark melodies are often expressed with joyful exuberance. This blending of polar opposites is central to Alan's music, which is often very dark but always full of whimsy and humor. His compositions and playful improvisations often unite very unlikely soul mates: Laurel & Hardy with a melancholic gypsy violin; a Macedonian shepherd with paranoid hallucinations; an emphysemic lung with a waltzing accordion; a midget circus with Mao Tse-Tung. Alan has a long and healthy relationship with the absurd, having studied Russian literature and surrealist painting, and has continued to create absurdist art and short fiction up until the present. Originally a visual artist, his forays into installation and the resulting experiments with sound are what led him to choose music as his main creative medium. Both his recordings and live performances are characterized by a mix of ambient sounds (fits of coughing, howling wolves, squeaking mice, fluttering moths, rainstorms, etc. etc.) with hyper-active accordion playing, an eerie musical saw and sobbing clarinets.
Alan is a current member of KATSURA MAZURKA, KECSKE BROASCA and METROMANCE HOTEL and a former member of NINO TRINCA and BABA YAGA.
He often collaborates with: composer/vocalist Yotaro Ito (Metrofarce), violinist Honzi (Ua, Fishmans, Fuku), tuba/bassist Abdul Iwahara (ex.Kabocha Shokai), sax/clarinetist Keiko Komori (Shibusa Shirazu, Koenji Hyakkei), sax/clarinetist Yoko Tada (Komatcha Klezmer), guitarist Hallz (Metromance Hotel), composer/pianist Tadashi Ueda (Nino Trinca, Epoch), Tuvan throat singer Masaaki Aoyama (Bions), vocalist/pianist Emi Eleonola (Demi Semi Quaver), middle eastern percussionist Daisuke Jinushi (Tabla Kwaiesa), tabla master Dinesh Chandra Dyoundi, dancer/choreographer Masako Yasumoto, belly dancer Safi and others.
He has worked/played with: METROFARCE, actor/singer/songwriter Minosuke (Nylon 100°), Director/singer Keralino Sandorovich (Nylon 100°, Synthesizer), Director/actor Suzuki Matsuo (Otona Keikaku), writer/actor Seiko Ito, Director/actor Tomorowo Taguchi (ex.Bachikaburi, Tetsuo: Iron Man, etc.), singer/songwriter Carmen Maki, multi-instramentalist Tadahiko Yokogawa (ex.After Dinner), multi-instramentalist Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi (Kuricorder Quartet, Cicala Mvta), clarinetist Wataru Okuma (Cicala Mvta), vocalist/actress Jun Togawa (Yapoos), voice artist/actress Inuyama Inuko (Nylon 100°), producer/bassist Tetsuo Nakamura, writer/actress Asako Maekawa, vocalist/actor Mikami Hiroshi, musician/performer Jon 犬, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Maia Barouh, artist Suzuki Cohji (Cohjizukin Band), accordionist Spannko (Fuku), vocalist Emi Shirasaki (Shang Shang Typhoon), performance artist Barbara Murata, DOLOMITES, MALDITA NOCHE, JUNIOR, noise legend Haino Keiji, improvisational musician Ayuo, vocal artist Ootaka Sizzle, saxaphone/clarinetist Kazutoki Umezu.....and many others.