The Japanese experimental music and performance art act group A was formed in 2012 by Tommi Tokyo (electronics and vocals), together with Sayaka Botanic (violin, sampler and cassette tapes) and Kaoru (Vocals, percussions).
Their early shows came as a shock to most audiences, with a mixture of avant-garde noise, intense poetry reading and performance art including nude live-painting. They quickly became a popular act in Tokyo’s underground scene, which resulted in Tommi and Sayaka continuing the project as a duo after Kaoru’s early departure.
In 2015 group A self-released their 3rd album, [ 70+a= ], and played their first European tour at the end of which the duo decided to move to Berlin, Germany. In 2016 [ 70+a= ] was re-released in a limited vinyl edition through Mecanica Records followed by a 12” with Mannequin Records in 2017. Their latest EP [Circulation] was released on Berlin based DIY label Kashual Plastik.
In addition to their concerts the band has also been involved in theatre work. In 2018 Tommi and Sayaka teamed up with choreographer Christoph Winkler for their first theatre piece which was performed at Berlin’s HAU2 during the city’s CTM Festival. A few months later, the multi media performance piece [anOther], which was created in collaboration with Montréal based contemporary dancer Dana Gingras and media artist/dancer Sonya Stefan, was premiered at Agora de la Danse in Montréal, Canada. More performances of [anOther] are scheduled for 2019 and the entire composition is planned to be released on vinyl soon.
Since moving to Berlin group A have played key European festivals such as CTM-Festival, Donaufestival, Steirischer Herbst, Le Guess Who? and OFF Festival. As Sayaka Botanic goes on a yet undetermined hiatus from performing live, Tommi Tokyo makes a fresh start in 2019 with a new solo show to continue group A as a creative entity. group A is also available for selected AV performances together with Berlin based visual artist Dead Slow Ahead.
Tommi Tokyo is currently working on group A’s 4th studio album.