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Miho Hatori (Musician)

Updated on August 29, 2011

Miho Hatori: Life after Cibo Matto

Miho Hatori is a singer, songwriter, and musician. She is primarily known as the vocalist of the New York City group Cibo Matto, and the first person to provide the voice of Gorillaz member Noodle.

With Cibo Matto as a collaborator and in her solo work, Miho Hatori has always displayed an eclectic, playful touch that's worldly in the best sense of the word: fusing her love of everything from bossa nova to hip-hop to metal and rock with her Japanese heritage, Hatori's musical excursions sound equally well-traveled and organic.

I am a big fan of Cibo Matto so I kept tabs on the two women who made it up, Miho and her partner Yuka Honda, and followed their careers even after the band's demise. Both of them have had fairly successful solo projects with Miho going on a slew of side band projects and eventually embarking on a solo career. If you want to learn more about what she's been up to since the break-up of Cibo Matto, please do read on.

Photo and information from MSN Music.

Miho expressed an early interest in music while growing up in Japan. She worked in a record shop where she was exposed to many different styles of music, and sometimes performed as a club DJ. Miho moved to the United States, New York circa 1993 to study art. The first New York band she was in was a punk band called Leitoh Lychee for which she provided the vocals, and also played violin through a distortion effects pedal.

It was as a member of Leitoh Lychee where she first met her Cibo Matto co-founder Yuka Honda in 1994. Cibo Matto went on to release two albums, Viva! La Woman in 1996 and Stereo Type A in 1999. She also contributed vocals to Cibo Matto band-mate Sean Lennon's solo album, Into the Sun in 1998. Cibo Matto has since broken up.

While Cibo Matto was touring with Beck, Miho and Beck guitarist Smokey Hormel discovered a shared love of bossa nova and samba, which eventually resulted in their Brazilian-styled musical project Smokey & Miho. Other artists she has worked with include Handsome Boy Modeling School, Stephin Merritt's The 6ths, The Baldwin Brothers, The Beastie Boys, Blackalicious, Peter Daily, Greg Kurstin (Action Figure Party), Forr in the Dark, John Zorn, and The Incredible Moses Leroy. Miho has also performed solo and on October 21, 2005 her first solo album, Ecdysis was released in Japan and in the following year, in the United States & Europe as well. She appeared in Jet Set Radio Future for the Xbox as a main character and model for a group of women-only skaters. Birthday Cake from the first Cibo Matto album was also used in the game. She also provided the singing voice of Noodle for Gorillaz's debut album also titled Gorillaz.

Her latest (2009) side project is called New Optimism made up of herself on vocals along with Shoko Nagai (keyboards) and Timo Ellis (bass) for the music squad; Nabe, Ravi Davis, and Samer Ghadry for the dance squad; and Prema Murthy for the video squad.

Read more about Miho Hatori on the following websites.

Watch the video for "Barracuda" - A song off Miho Hatori's solo album Ecdysis

The Barracuda video was directed/animated/curated by Tokyo-based artist Ishiura Masaru for Miho Hatori.


Hatori's playful musical intelligence is evident on very track of Ecdysis. "Barracuda" combines Hatori's reggae keyboards, Mauro Refosco's Brazilian percussion, blues harmonica samples and a Cuban bass line from Sebastian Steinberg to produce a dreamy journey to an imaginary island.


The beautiful and talented Miho

The beautiful and talented Miho
The beautiful and talented Miho

Listen to "The Color of Sky" - A track by The Incredible Moses Leroy featuring Miho on vocals

Miho in her element.

Miho in her element.
Miho in her element.

Listen to "Night Light" from The Urban Renewal Program - Featuring the vocals of Miho Hatori

The Urban Renewal Program is the past, present and future of urban art, music and expression.

Other albums that Miho is in.

Miho has contributed her distinct vocal work on various tracks for other musicians. Check them out below.

Watch Miho Hatori perform - A selection of her live performance videos.

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