Emiko Ota begins her musical studies in Japan, at the age of 5, with the piano and classical singing by a professor from Osaka University of music. She continued after her arrival in France in 1995 in the classical percussions class at national music academy in pantin city (Conservatoire de Pantin).
Emiko is a multidisciplinary musician who has played in the experimental scene in Japan from the 80's and in the live Paris scene for 20 years, mainly as a drummer, percussionist and singer : she works with numerous and diverse bands from all possible cultures, notably with Fantazio, Mami chan band, Les Elles, Urban Sax, Rihanna, Brain Damage, Acid mothers temple SWR, Otomo Yoshihide, Noël Akchote, Ensemble Sakura, Francis et ses paintres, Maia Barouh, Arthur bartlett Moriarty, Don Cavalli, Pascal Fauliot, Yoshi Oida ...
The explored styles allow Emiko to browse through the musical universes of pop, electronic, classical, blues, dub/soul, Celtic rock, jazz, children songs, experimental, and Japanese popular traditional songs (minyo), which becomes one of her creative strength since 2008.
Her vocal abilities develop marvellously, and the audience discovers a voice as versatile as enchanting.
In 2011, she decides to create her own band, and focuses almost exclusively on vocals : Emiko & KiriSute Gomen. She wants it to be a “minyo psyche surf rock band”.
In 2016, she created a new band around Noh Dance (Masato Matsuura), Burei Uchi. It has been described as Japanese Ethno Contemporary music.
This wide range of styles can be heard amongst more than 60 releases (bands, collaborations, guest appearances, compilations).
She played in various French National scenes (Aubusson, Nantes, Poitiers), at the Opéra National de Lyon, Théâtre d'Arras, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques (Musée Guimet), Musée Jacques Chirac, Jardin Albert Kahn, Jardin d'Acclimatation, Champ de Mars, l'Olympia, La Cigale (Paris), French Embassy in Rome, in Luxembourg and Paris for the ambassadors of Japan, at the Institut Franco-Japonais in Tokyo, Celtic Festival in Chicago (US), Festival de Gand (Belgium), Festival de Bourges (France), Festival International de Musique Sacrée in Sylvanes, Festival de Musique Classique in Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (Spain), Festival International des Emirats Arabes Unis, Festival International de Théâtre in Moscow, Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Glastonbury Festival (UK), Festival Nuits de Fourviere(supporting Robert Plant), Festival international de Musique Andalouse et des Musique Anciennes (Algerie)
Emiko & KiriSute Gomen
elle forme le groupe autour de dance Noh en 2016.
Japanese Ethno Contemporary music