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  Aiko Shimada
Aiko Shimada When you think of Japanese musicians performing in the U.S., one might think of genres such as alternative pop/rock, jazz, noise, and experimental music. Tokyo-born, Seattle based guitarist/singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada has her own unique approach. Victory Review in Seattle described her music as "a spacious, multi-faceted hybrid of jazz, progressive rock, folk and shades of many other influences."

In 2000, Aiko was offered a record project by the world-renowned composer/saxophonist John Zorn. The CD, Blue Marble was released under his label Tzadik, and distributed worldwide in 2001 (produced by New York/Seattle composer/multi-instrumentalist Eyvind Kang with the special guest appearance by Bill Frisell).

Aiko writes and sings songs in both Japanese (her native language) and English. She performs solo or with her band (Dave Carter on flugelhorn, Mark Collins on upright bass, and David Brogan on drums) throughout the Northwest as well as on the East and West coasts. She has collaborated with musicians like Robin Holcomb, Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, Lonnie Plaxico, Tucker Martine, Danny Barnes, and has opened for musicians such as Jane Siberry, Wayne Horvitz, Mount Analog, Living Daylight's Jessica Lurie, and Amy Denio.

Aiko has played at places like Bumbershoot and Folklife Festival (Seattle music festivals), Seattle Art Museums and Seattle Asian Art Museums, Sit and Spin, Tractor Tavern, and more. She has toured both on the West and East Coasts as well as played in Japan, France, and the Czech Republics. In 2002 she appeared at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (formally known as Vancouver du Maurier Jazz Festival).

In 2001, Aiko became one of the four Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award recipients in the music category. One the same year, the collaborative Japanese lullaby CD, Oyasumi, received a Gold Medal by Parents Choice Award and 2002 National Children's Publications Awards (NAPPA).

Another Full Moon
CD $14.99 catalog# ascd-101
Another Full Moon
CD $14.99 catalog# ascd-100
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Blue Marble
CD $16.98 catalog# tz7231
Blue Marble
Mezame (Morning Part 1)

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