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Who is Kamura Obscura

Kamura Obscura explores vocal improvisation with electronics, experimental composition with noise, viola, and lyrical yet surreal singing.


Kamura Obscura is Atsuko Kamura (vocal, synth, fx) and Natalie Mason (strings, piano, accordion). Also, it is performed as Atsuko Kamura's solo.

Atsuko Kamura

One of Tokyo's most emotive and inventive artists, part of Japan’s 80s  women’s liberation movement, Kamura is 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, had joined in Japanese punk rock DIY movement,  toured Japan extensively, setting up own record label, Kinniku Bijo Records, and released two albums. For the first album, Otome no Inori was Da! Da! Da! (The Virgin' prayer Da! Da! Da!) , the fund was gathered by advanced-sales of the albums in 1981. Nowadays it is called Crowdfunding. The second album, Manten ni Akai Hanabira (Red Petals in the Sky) was produced by Fred Frith and released in 1983. 


She also teamed up with Tenko as the female improvisation vocal duo Honeymoons in 1981. The Honeymoons has developed a unique style of avant-noise improvisation and performed internationally with seminal New York improvisers, Tom Cora and John Zorn and at the International Women's Music Festival in Montreal in 1988. Their album "Laughing Myth", produced by Kenichi Takeda, was released in 1982. 

As a member of the improvisation group, "Uzo Muzo", she performed at Strasbourg's Musica Festival in 1987.


Kamura joined Kazuko Hohki’s UK based Japanese pop group Frank Chickens in 1988 and toured Europe, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USSR and Japan.


In 2002 she began working with Robert Storey and a new ensemble called  I am A Kamura. Alongside this project, she performed with Anglo-Japanese jazz progressive rock band, Setsubun Bean Unit at the Sonar festival in Barcelona in 2007.

Her latest project, Kamura Obscura, released the albums Melt, Socrates' Garden and Speleology. Kamura Obscura's latest album  "4 AM Diary" came out in December 2021.

Kamura performed as a traditional Benshi narrator alongside a  live score by Sinestro Home Video at the Flat Pack Film Festival in 2019. 

Kamura Obscura also supported the Nightingales' sold-out UK tour in autumn 2021. 

Natalie Mason

Birmingham-born classically trained, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Leader of an innovative music project, Multicultural Music Making and organiser of Club Integral Midlands Branch. With the experience of living in South Africa, she writes intricate instrumentals and surreal songs about times in Birmingham and beyond while playing as many instruments as she can get a-hold of.









2000年以降、「I am a Kamura」、「Setsubun bean unit」でフォーク、エスニック、ジャズ音楽の領域に挑戦。


現在のプロジェクト「Kamura Obscura」では、Melt, Socrates' Garden、Speleologyのアルバムをリリース。エレクトロニクス、サウンドスケープ、即興の渾然一体となったさらに実験的な新作、4AM Diaryを2021年末にリリース。同年、秋にはイギリスのポストパンクバンド、Nightingalesの満席完売全国ツアーをサポートする。

2019年には、Flat Pack Film Festival にて、日本の前衛映画の名作、狂った一頁の弁士を務めた。




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