- JACK OR JIVE'S PATH -
JACK OR JIVE
was formed by Chako and Makoto Hattori.
cassette tape "EXPATRIATION" was announced. (46 minutes,9
songs) This tape was sold on
commission at an import record shop in Osaka. We made a performance in
local club, as a memorial of release of first cassette tape, but we got
no reaction from the audience. They didn't accept us. Along with that,
our tape was sent to the German DOM label, one of the trader of the
import record shop in Osaka. We got a message from DOM that they wanted
to release our album as the first release of the
new DOM ELCHLANG label.
DOM label offered to create the album from the cassette tape. The
cassete tape's recording was so bad, so we told them that we want to
make a new recording and make them into an album. This year, we had a
first opportunity to be introduced in Germany. In May, we performed a
guerilla live near a tea shop in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The sounds were
almost fading in the wind because of lack of equipment, we enjoyed the
eyes of people looking at us.
1991 Presented 1st CD "PRAYER". The album included
eight songs, and was recorded simply by analogue synthesizer and couple
of noise generators. We prepared for the 2nd album this year, starting a
new recording. Invited by the local band friends, we performed only one
live this year.
Presented 7 inch single "(DURA) 2 DU".
Germany in May. JACK OR JIVE performed as the preliminary of THE
LEGENDARY PINK DOTS.
CHAKO went down by poisoned food, but got well the day before the live.
Through this poisoning event, we met with Christoph Heeman. A band
"Seclusion" was organized with him. The recording was made
just before JACK OR JIVE returned to Japan. In December, 2nd CD "MUJYO"
was presented. The album included nine songs, creating an analogue like
atmosphere with a digital synthesizer.
In June, recording made by "Seclusion" was published from a
Swiss label as "YUKI GA FURU".
This album became a topic among the musicians. This year, a proposition
was made to make a two
different types of albums, one with a heavy songs and another with a pop
JACK OR JIVE LIGHTS was organized and began recording.
In January, "KAGURA" live performance was made in Kyoto
Otherside. All vocals were improvised that day, but they were so good
that we decided to create a live album of "KAGURA".
Live album "KAGURA -LIVE IN KYOTO-" was released in April.
Visited Germany in May to film a video clip for the JACK OR JIVE Lights
MAXI-CD "A PICTURE OF DANCER".
It was filmed for two days, early in the morning until late in the
night. Few days after, we performed a solo live concert in the
underground hall of Museum of Aachen. Gallery tickets were all sold out
and the live was a great success.
In July JACK OR JIVE Lights MAXI-CD "A PICTURE OF DANCER" was
In November JACK OR JIVE Lights CD "A SOLO EXHIBITION" was
We had many questions from over seas asking that if we changed entirely
to POP music.
We denied them strongly. Started recording of CHAKO's solo album.
In January, Hanshin-Awaji earthquake struck. The studio we used often in
Nishinomiya, outside the Kobe city, was destroyed. It was when we were
scheduling the solo album's mixing that the tragedy shocked us. Through
this year, we were badly depressed. Just after the earthquake, we had a
talk with Peter Greenaway.
From summer, we were to be on charge of producing the music for Yuuzen
artist Inoue Seizo's act "TENGOKURAKU". In November, our house
and studio was completed.
Started recording of "KENKA"(DEVOTED FLOWERS").
In December, "TENGOKURAKU" was performed and CHAKO
sung on the stage. The stage was created by Mr. Inoue's congenial
friends from various fields, and was interesting in visual aspect.
In February, Chako's solo album "ebb&flow" was released.
The album was made upon an personal image which keeps impressing me.
This year, we were also busy with the recording of "KENKA" ,
which was filled with a color of sorrow.
1997 In January, 4th CD "KENAKA"(DEVOTED FLOWERS) was
released. We had some trouble communicating with the label since the
release of this album. A French label PRIKOSNOVENIE proposed us that
they want to release our album from their label. Through this year we
were undecided which label to work with.
This year, Chako visited Christoph's house. Though no recording was made,
we talked over about the next album, "Seclusion".
We released a MAXI-CD "TIDAL CURRENT" from PRIKOSNOVENIE.
We participated in PRIKOSNOVENIE omnibus album "IRIS" with
In October, we performed a solo live in Munster, Germany. Though we were
only staying for 6 days in Germany, CHAKO caught cold. Christoph told
CHAKO to cancel the live, but CHAKO didn't hear the advice. She got into
a trance like state and got rid of the fever by the day of live concert.
5th CD "THE EARTH" was released. "MUJYO" was
reissued from PRIKOSNOVENIE.
The play script for the opera was ready, so we started composing.
By the summer, it got busy going to Shiga prefecture for the briefing of
In October, performed a solo live concert in Aachen and Hanau, Germany.
In Aachen, old Jazz club was selected, and quiet club in downtown, in
Hanau. Fanatic fans rushed to the concert, and after the live, Chako was
busy signing the CD jacket for them. During the stay in Germany, we also
recoreded the song for the second album of the unit "Seclusion"
with Christopher Heeman. (release is not planned yet).
In December 15th, The opera "LEGEND OF BIWAKO" was performed
in Shiga Prefectural Arts Theatre Biwako Grand Hall. The theater was
great, and over 1400 audiences gathered. It was interesting that we got
both praise and censure about our music. Some opera singers said to us
that no such unit like us can be found in the classic music society.
Some other people called our music as a healing music. The original
writer and also the general director, opera singer Yamamoto Noriko was
not able to perform on the stage because of disease, but she was very
glad of the success of the opera.
December 24th, "PRAYER" was reissued from PRIKOSNOVENIE.
In February, we made a performance at the one-man show of Inoue Seizo in
KOBE Fashion museum Orbis hall.
The BGM for the one-man show was made for this very day. We started
mastering the opera "Legend of Biwako".
Making of 10 inch record "GYAKKO" was started for the first
issue of new label WHITE RABBIT.
At the same time, recording of 6thCD "KISMET" was started.
In December 2nd, last live concert in 20th century was performed in
Himeji Beta in collaboration with VJ unit Optical Sisters. Collaboration
with VJ was very interesting, and the audiences were impressed.
In Decemner Lp Opera "Legend of Biwako" from lowlife and 10
inch record "GYAKKO" was released.
February We got together with VJ group Optical Sisters at Frankfurt
airport, and performed two live performances in Germany. In 8th of
February, at the old castle located near NUREMBERG, and in 10th, at the
space which was formerly a restaurant, in the WIESBADEN railway station.
In this tour, we had a eventful time, meeting a fan from France, and
reuniting with the German magazine publishers after a while, though we
didn't have enough time.
We didn't think much about the weight of Optical Sister's equipment, and
it lead to the overweight
problem at the airport, getting them into trouble. We really appreciate
the swift decision of the Optical Sisters.
There were many happenings in the live, but it was a really valuable
In May, plan of making a collaboration with GOR emerged. In the same
collaboration with LYS emerged too, and finally in end of June, both of
the collaborations were included in "BELLADONNE2", a omnibus
from PRIKOSNOVENIE. Total of three songs were released
We did single LIVE with "ZEITGEIST" of Taiwan on March 23.
Foreign countries were first Asian LIVE.
meeting of Mr. tamura noboru who was the special make-up artist was held
in theater X
in Tokyo on May 26, we do LIVE as a guest performance.
We started the collaboration production with band GOR in Italy. Moreover,
I edit a new recording etc.
We participated in FORMOZ FESTIVAL which had been done for eight days
September in Taiwan.
We released collaboration album "Soleil" of GOR+JACK ORJIVE at
the end of December
from PRIKOSNOVENIE. Moreover, we released 7th CD "TOWARS THE EVENT
from WHITE RABBIT RECORDS.
We visited musician ALIO DIE house in Italy for two days from February
And recorded the collaboration album tune in his studio.
We did LIVE by "SCHICK&SCHON" which existed in Mainz in
Germany on February 14.
We offered one to interview and appendix CD of a Spanish magazine.
We begin the edit of the album
"LIFE" in April. We
did LIVE in the cattle depot artist village in Hong Kong on December 6.