13 Apr 2018






Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1 Netherlands



Groundbreaking Japanese electronica from Amsterdam-based label

The Australian/Amsterdam Izabel Caligiore and her label Lullabies For Insomniacs have been leaving great impressions in the international electronic underground scene for years. Tonight she will present two Japanese artists from her stable: electronica pioneer Yasuo Sugibayashi and Sugai Ken, maker of their very first release on the label.

Sugai Ken is a composer and musician from Kanagawa, Japan. He transforms recordings from his daily life and traditional music from Japan to dark, claustrophobic sound collages that take you to a whole new, inner world. After almost ten years of making music for a Japanese audience, his fifth record On The Quakefish on Lullabies For Insomniacs meant his international breakthrough.

Yasuo Sugibayashi is one of the earlier pioneers of the Japanese electronic music. From 1980-1982 he released vinyl and two 7” singles on his label Mimic Records. In the meantime these have become cult classics amongst collectors of obscure electronica and they are still being sold for bold prices. Lullabies For Insomniacs made his groundbreaking music more accessible through the compilation album The Mask of the Imperial Family. This evening Yasuo Sugibayashi will team up with Sugai Ken to play an exceptional set.

Lullabies For Insomniacs
Lullabies For Insomniacs originated in 2013 as a late night radioprogram on radiostation PBS in Melbourne. Caligiore’s heart still goes out to dreamy electronica. Her Soundcloud-mix-series is beloved by thousands of listeners. She has an ear for great unheard tunes, which is well portrayed in her 11 releases.

Jack Parsons supports before the concerts.
Derozan supports after the concerts.