Percussionist Ikue Mori, like perhaps no one else, has truly grown up downtown. She moved to New York City from Tokyo and began playing drums for the no wave group DNA with Pere Ubu keyboardist Tim Wright and fellow anti-technique player Arto Lindsay. Before long she scrapped the kit for drum machine and began working in a variety of settings with such musicians as Tom Cora, Fred Frith and John Zorn. Her real awakening came with the digital revolution and her ability to augment the drum machine sounds live using a laptop. She continued to take on challenging projects and in 1996 released her first solo recording Garden. As her sound evolved, she became more and more in demand, working with Dave Douglas, Mike Patton, and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Jim OíRourke, among others. In 2001, she revealed a new side of her work with the long-form composition One Hundred Aspects of the Moon. In a world perhaps overpopulated with digital improvisers, Mori continues to be an evocative player and a fantastically sympathetic improvisor.