percussionist / sound artist / vocalist
YoshimiO is an internationally acclaimed Japanese musician and sound artist, perhaps best known for her role as the drummer in the Japanese rock band, Boredoms, and as vocalist for OOIOO, in which she also plays trumpets, guitars and keyboards.
Born in Okayama, Japan, Yoshimi joined her first band, U.F.O. or Die, with Yamatsuka Eye in 1986. Since 1997, she has led the all-female band, OOIOO, and continues to contribute to the current incarnation of Boredoms. Yoshimi has worked on a great number of other projects, most notably a raga band called Saicobaba, an ambient project called Yoshimi and Yuka, the tribal-drum-influenced OLAibi, and indie supergroup Free Kitten. She has appeared as a session player and vocalist on the Flaming Lips’ 2002 album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Yoshimi participated as ‘drummer one’ in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance, which occurred on July 7, 2007, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York.