Atsuko Kamura, singer of Kamura Obscura, started her career as vocalist and bassist ofMizutama Shobodan (Polka Dot Fire Brigade), Japanese agit-prop feminist punk pioneerswhose second album was produced by Fred Frith in the 1980s. Her arrival in the UK led to herinvolvement with Frank Chickens. She has long been exploring the field of vocal improvisation,first in Honeymoons (with Tenko) in Japan, then playing with many musicians in UK such asEddie Prevost, Charles Hayward and Sharon Gal. At the same time, as a vocalist, her songsrange from traditional Japanese folk to eco-surrealist chansons. Her recent work is exploringexperimental composition, combining avant-garde vocal electronic and improvisation.