Kamura Obscura

One of Tokyo's most emotive and inventive artists, first emerging in Japan during the early '80s women’s liberation movement, Kamura was a founder member of the first Japanese all-feminist punk band, Mizutama Shobodan, also known as Polkadot Fire Brigade, formed in 1979 in Tokyo. As agitprop feminist pioneers, Mizutama Shobodan joined the Japanese punk rock DIY movement, toured Japan extensively, set up their own record label (Kinniku Bijo Records) and released two albums. Their second album, Manten ni Akai Hanabira (Red Petals in the Sky), was produced by Fred Frith. Kamura also teamed up with Tenko as the female vocal improvisation duo Honeymoons, who developed a unique style of avant-noise improvisation and performed internationally with seminal New York improvisers including Tom Cora and John Zorn. In the late 1980s Kamura joined Kazuko Hohki’s UK based Japanese pop group Frank Chickens and toured Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USSR and Japan. In 2002 she began working with UK musicians, expanding her vocal genre to ethnic-experimental song writing. At the same time she performed vocal improvisation with such masters of improvisation as Eddie Prevost and Clive Bell. Her 2021 project, Kamura Obscura Duo with Natalie Mason, supported The Nightingales' sold-out UK tour.
In 2022 Kamura recently released her first solo album, “4am Diary", on which - said Stewart Lee in The Idler - “she douses the anti-musical strategies of the late-seventies Rock In Opposition movement... with a soupçon of fizzy electrics, her operatic voice navigating an echoing mirror maze of pulses and tones.” That year too she performed “ A Page of Madness” with her original soundtrack at FILM FEST in Portugal, in the role of narrator for silent film.