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Friday, May 1, 2015

Cibo Matto Perform at SF Film Festival

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 AM

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The Japanese duo Cibo Matto did much to define and shape the music of the second half of the 1990s: their songs were a patchwork of rap, jazz horns, heavy funk bass lines, bubblegum pop, rock, and punk.

The group dissolved by the end of the decade, but have resurfaced several times since, as demand for their not entirely accessible but unique and deliberate sound has ebbed and flowed. After performing a one-off benefit concert at New York's Columbia University in response to a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011, band member Miho Hatori told Timeout Tokyo "Cibo Matto is about who we are and not what we try to be. Living our lives is our rehearsal."

Cibo Matto released a new album last year, Hotel Valentine, in which lyrics discussed ghosts hanging out in an imaginary hotel, and the music struck a familiar tone: haunting and aggressive, but also pretty and laid-back.

The duo will appear May 5 at the Castro Theatre as part of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival. They will perform live soundtracks to Yoko Ono's Fly, which features a fly roaming a woman's body, and Triadic Ballet by Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer. Animations by Calvin Frederick, Una Lorenzen, Miwa Matreyek, and Grace Nayoon Rhee will also be featured.

Cibo Matto perform at 8 p.m. on May 5 at the Castro Theatre.
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