Idioma disponible: inglésBorn July 24, 1958, Mick Karn first studied wood and wind instruments such as bassoon and clarinet. However, it is his highly distinctive fretless bass voice for which he is most renowned, an accolade placing him next to Jaco Pastorius. According to Karn, bass went unnoticed and his mission was to get it noticed. Even on early Japan recordings, his wiggly bass can be heard. By their swan song, 1981's Tin Drum, he was dubbed one of the best bass players in the world. He'd already supplied bass and sax work to Gary Numan's Dance album and was the first Japan member with a solo record: Titles. In 1983, Japan's live album Oil on Canvas brought his playing to new ears: jazz legend Jan Garbarek. The following year brought an unlikely collaboration with Peter Murphy of Bauhaus. The Waking Hour became Dali's Car's only album and soon Karn was again a solo agent teaming up with close friend Steve Jansen to produce Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters. Session work with Kate Bush and Joan Armatrading bridged Karn's solo efforts, which were few and far between, often odd in title and texture (Beard in the Letter Box, Plaster the Magic Tongue). The early '90s saw a more prolific Karn, who formed the Medium label with Jansen and Richard Barbieri. All three joined guitarist David Torn to produce Karn's best efforts: Bestial Cluster in 1993 and The Tooth Mother in 1995. Between these came an experimental project, Polytown, with Torn and drummer Terry Bozzio. Its muscular and at times funky prog rock is not for the fainthearted. Karn found time to spend on his sculptures, and a San Francisco sabbatical eventually bore the album Each Eye a Path. The Concrete Twin was released in 2010. Diagnosed with cancer the same year, Karn died on January 4, 2011, at the age of 52. In an attempt to further his legacy, K-Scope began an aggressive program of reissues in 2016.
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