group A[JP]

Photo by Wataru Fukaya.

Japanese duo group A was formed in 2012 by Tommi Tokyo (synthesizer, vocals, percussion) and Sayaka Botanic (violin, synthesizer, cassette tapes). Their shows, with their mixture of synth heavy minimal wave, avant noise, striking visuals and performance art, consistently deliver surprises to most spectators.

Their work carries the sounds of industrial pioneers such as Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire forward, into an evolving sound that is the duo’s own. Their self-produced 1st album A was released in 2012, and was featured in magazines such as NYLON Japan and Vice. It was soon followed by INITIATION in 2013, and then by [ 70+A= ] in 2015.

group A has shared bills with artists such as Acid Mother Temple, Merzbow, Nisennenmondai, Phew, and Melt Banana. They have headlined events such as the Urban Nomad Film Festival in Taiwan, and the Art Book Fair in Tokyo. In 2017, they contributed to THE BRVTALIST’s mix series ahead of their performance at Berlin’s Krake Festival.

Zones III

Berghain, Thu 04.02.2016, 22:00

Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation , group A , Aïsha Devi & Tianzhuo Chen feat Beio , Le1f, Lena Willikens