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Miho Hatori
羽鳥 美保
Miho Hatori performing with Cibo Matto in Argentina in 2014
Miho Hatori performing with Cibo Matto in Argentina in 2014
Background information
Also known asMiss Information
BornTokyo, Japan
GenresAvant-garde, downtempo, trip hop, indie rock, world music
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, composer, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboard
Years active1991–present
Formerly ofCibo Matto
Smokey & Miho
Butter 08

Miho Hatori (羽鳥 美保, Hatori Miho, born in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese singer, songwriter, and musician.[1] She is best known as a solo artist,[2][3] co-founder of New York City band Cibo Matto,[4] and as the first person to provide the voice of Noodle in the virtual band Gorillaz,[5][6] as well as for her work with the Beastie Boys,[7] Handsome Boy Modeling School,[8] Smokey Hormel,[9] John Zorn,[1] and many more.[10]


Hatori expressed an early interest in music while growing up in Japan. She worked at used record shop Flash Disc Ranch in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, where she was exposed to many styles of music and sometimes performed as a club DJ.[2] Her earliest history in a music project dates to 1991 when she joined hip hop group Kimidori; she left the group in 1992.

Hatori moved to New York City in 1993 to study art; she quickly met Yuka Honda through performing together in punk/noise band Laito Lychee,[11][12] a project that featured Hatori on vocals and violin played through distortion effects pedals.[13] Hatori and Honda co-founded Cibo Matto in 1994[14] and released their debut album Viva! La Woman in 1996.[15] The duo formation expanded to include Sean Lennon and Timo Ellis on 1997's Super Relax EP,[12] and "unofficial" fifth member Duma Love appeared on their second full-length, 1999's Stereo ★ Type A.[16] Cibo Matto broke up in 2001, but came back with a reunion tour in 2011.[17] They released a third and final follow-up album Hotel Valentine on February 14, 2014.[18]

Hatori worked with her Cibo Matto collaborators outside of the band, contributing to Sean Lennon's solo album Into the Sun, as well as to his scores for the independent films Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead[19] and Alter Egos;[20] she also appears on Yuka Honda's solo album Eucademix.[21]

While Cibo Matto was touring with Beck, Hatori and Beck guitarist Smokey Hormel discovered a shared love of bossa nova and samba, which eventually resulted in their Brazilian-styled musical project Smokey & Miho.[22] Other artists Hatori has worked with include Handsome Boy Modeling School (on the album So... How's Your Girl?),[8] DJ Towa Tei,[23] Stephin Merritt's The 6ths,[24] The Baldwin Brothers,[25] Beastie Boys,[7] Blackalicious,[26] Peter Daily, Greg Kurstin,[27] Forró in the Dark, John Zorn, The Incredible Moses Leroy,[28] Patrick Higgins,[29] and Smokey Hormel.[9]

Miho performs solo under her own name and various monikers.[3][30] Her first solo album, Ecdysis, was released in Japan in 2005, coming two years later to the American and European markets.[31] In 2018, she released Amazon To LeFrak as New Optimism and Sequence as Miss Information.[32][33]

Her 2021 release, Between Isekai and Slice of Life, was inspired by both Édouard Glissant and isekai and slice of life anime––specifically in Demon Slayer, which she watched in 2020 during New York City's COVID-19 stay-at-home order.[23][34]


As leader / co-leader[edit]

Release year Artist Title Label Personnel
1995 Cibo Matto Cibo Matto El Diablo Records Miho Hatori & Yuka Honda
1996 Cibo Matto Viva! La Woman Warner Bros. Hatori & Honda (with Dougie Bowne, Dave Douglas, Rick Lee, Jay Rodriguez, Josh Roseman, Marc Anthony Thompson, Bernie Worrell)
1996 Butter 08 Butter Grand Royal Hatori, Honda, Russell Simins, Rick Lee, Mike Mills (with Timo Ellis, Sean Lennon, Evan Bernard)
1997 Cibo Matto Super Relax (EP) Warner Bros. Hatori, Honda, Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis
1999 Cibo Matto Stereo ★ Type A Warner Bros. Hatori, Honda, Lennon, Ellis (with Duma Love, Marc Ribot, Douglas, Curtis Fowlkes, Roseman, Bowne, Sebastian Steinberg, Yumiko Ohno, Vinia Mojica, Sequoia, Smokey Hormel, John Medeski, Billy Martin)
2003 Smokey & Miho The Two EPs Varèse Sarabande Hatori & Smokey Hormel (with Don Falzone, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco, Jon Birdsong)
2005 Miho Hatori Ecdysis Rykodisc Hatori (with Refosco, Sebastian Steinberg, Thomas Bartlett, Mark De Gli Antoni, Fer Isella, Birdsong, Shelley Burgon, Hormel, Brandt Abner)
2007 Cibo Matto Pom Pom: The Essential Cibo Matto Warner/Rhino/Atlantic Hatori & Honda
2014 Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine Chimera Music Hatori & Honda (with Yuko Araki, Nels Cline, Aaron Johnson, Glenn Kotche, Michael Leonhart, Mauro Refosco, Jared Samuel, Reggie Watts, Douglas Wieselman)
2018 New Optimism Amazon To LeFrak[32] Phantom Limb Hatori
2018 Miss Information Sequence Pioneer Works Press Hatori
2021 Miho Hatori Between Isekai and Slice of Life[1] Virgin Music Label & Artist Services Hatori (with Kaveh Nabatian, Paul Wilson, Ellis, Austin Williamson, BIGYUKI, Shoko Nagai)
  • "Night Light" from the Ninja Tune album Urban Renewal Program (2002)
  • "Baracuda" (2006)
  • "Formula X" (2020)
With Gorillaz (as Noodle)
Guest appearances
Remixes & Covers

Film works[edit]

  • Shindo (Japanese film)
  • The Killing of a Chinese Cookie
  • xXx: AForbidden Love Story (Diesel's short film by Alexi Tan)


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  20. ^ "Alter Egos". AllMusic.com. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  21. ^ "Eucademix". AllMusic.com. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
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  38. ^ "'The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone (15th Anniversary Edition)". AllMusic.com. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
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