NEW YORK, NY (Rykodisc) - Miho Hatori (ex-lead chanteuse of the trailblazing Cibo Matto) will join The Hotel Café Tour beginning on October 15 and continue through October 25 in support of her October 24 Rykodisc solo debut "Ecdysis." For this leg of the tour Miho will visit the following cities: Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Lansing, Louisville, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Miho will also open for the breakout sensation the Brazilian Girls in NYC on October 5 at Webster Hall and will do a taping of the highly esteemed program "Mountain Stage" on October 8 at the Creative Arts Center at Morgantown University in West Virginia.
After an enormously successful run in the fall of 2005, The Hotel Café Tour is ready for its sophomore road trip. In all, 25 artists will share one bus, one band and one crew, embarking on a six-week journey throughout the United States. The tour consists of a rotating line-up of at least six artists at every show and is held together by performer and co-organizer Cary Brothers. Additional artists participating include: Joshua Radin, The Weepies, Rachael Yamagata, Matt Costa, Brett Dennen, Kate Havnevik, Joe Purdy, Charlotte Martin, Jim Bianco, Kevin Devine, Jonah Matranga, Tristan Prettyman, Tom McRae, Schuyler Fisk, Sara Bareilles, Jessie Baylin, Sanders Bohlke Buddy, Tim Jones, Anya Marina, Meiko, White Buffalo, Brian Wright, Peter Searcy, Priscilla Ahn and other surprise guests.
Before The Hotel Café Tour hit the road in 2005, its humble roots came from a close-knit family of talented local songwriters and friends who created The Hotel Café venue in Hollywood, CA. Once just a small coffee shop, The Hotel Café has quickly blossomed into not only one of the premier singer/songwriter venues in the United States, but also an all-purpose clubhouse for a burgeoning community of Los Angeles songwriters.
About Miho Hatori's "Ecdysis":
The music on "Ecdysis" - Miho's debut solo album to be released on Rykodisc October 24, 2006 - has a wide-open, adventurous spirit with multi-layered arrangements that draw you deeper with every listen. Hatori has created an album that tips its hat to the past, present and future of pop music with its unlimited vision and openhearted generosity of spirit. Rhythms from Japan, Jamaica, Brazil, Bali, Africa and Arabia rub up against American rock, blues and pop to produce an album of global resonance that draws upon the past while leaping fearlessly into the 21st century. Hatori's lyrics are both poetic and cryptic, full of images drawn from the spiritual and natural world, including the world of insects. "My favorite author is Takeshi Yourou who said: 'Looking at something humans didn't create for 15 minutes a day helps you maintain a connection to the natural world.' I put a lot of insect sounds and images into the songs because I don't want to cut my connection with nature. We're going to the moon and Mars, but we'll never be able to make insects or butterflies. Humans sometimes think they have control over nature, but [nature] remains stunning and powerful." Be sure to catch Miho Hatori on The Hotel Café Tour and at the following:
Thursday, October 5 New York, NY Webster Hall (w/Brazilian Girls)
Sunday, October 8 Morgantown, WV Creative Arts Center (Mountain Stage)
Sunday, October 15 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line (Hotel Café Tour)
Monday, October 16 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater (Hotel Café Tour)
Tuesday, October 17 Chicago, IL Park West (Hotel Café Tour)
Wednesday, October 18 Detroit, MI St. Andrews (Hotel Café Tour)
Thursday, October 19 Lansing, MI Temple Bar (Hotel Café Tour)
Saturday, October 21 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern (Hotel Café Tour)
Sunday, October 22 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill (Hotel Café Tour)
Monday, October 23 Cleveland, OH House of Blues (Hotel Café Tour)
Tuesday, October 24 Columbus, OH Basement (Hotel Café Tour)
Wednesday, October 25 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre (Hotel Café Tour)
Friday, October 27 New York, NY The Stone (curated by Mike Patton)
Media: We invite and encourage your coverage. To schedule an interview with Miho Hatori, please contact Amber Haeckel at 212.287.6116 or Amber.Haeckel@rykodisc.com.