Jono Podmore - KUMO
Born in Liverpool in 1965, Jono began to play violin at the age of 10 then later also the guitar. He was soon playing both instruments in and around the Liverpool scene of the late 70's. He left Liverpool to study electronic music at Middlesex University in '83.
By '86 Jono was composing music for plays and TV (such as the British premiere of Eugene Ionesco's "Journeys among the dead" and "Stanley's vision" for channel 4 TV) and together with Peter Hope released the album "Dry Hip Rotation".
In '87 Jono joined the now legendary Indie band The Corn Dollies as violinist and string arranger, with international touring and co-producing 2 albums and a clutch of singles. With the split of the band in '90, he went to Japan to continue his studies in Karate.
On his return to London he began work as an engineer, producer and string arranger. Soon he was working with artists such as Jamiroquai, The Shamen, Jhelisa, Ian McCulloch, Robert Owens, D*Note, Republica, Sunship, A.P.E. and Kid Loops; and for labels such as Big Life, Dorado, Polygram, One little Indian, Shut up and Dance, Filter and Renk.
In '94, together with Mr. C (of The Shamen), he set up Watershed studios in London and began to work closely with Plink Plonk Records. Jono then established himself as an artist under the name KUMO and founded 2 sister labels to Plink Plonk - Autoi (Drum'n Bass) and Psychomat (Trip Hop and general wierdness).
With a string of singles and remixes as KUMO under his belt, March '97 saw the release of his first album "Kaminari" - to great critical acclaim. A series of live dates and international DJ commitments followed, including the Essential Music Festival in Brighton, the Sonar festival in Barcelona, and, the Graz Biennale in Austria amongst others.
In July '97, Jono began work with Irmin Schmidt on the opera "Gormenghast" as programmer, recording engineer and sound designer. The opera had it's premiere in Wuppertal, Germany in November '98, and ran sucessfully through until June '99. Excerpts were released as a CD in January 2000 (Spoon 44) again to great critical acclaim.
Throughout this period there has been a series of KUMO live events, such as the "Belles Artes" festival, Barcelona, the "Nerve" festival at London's I.C.A and a months tour of Japan. There was further touring in Germany, Ireland, France, Holland and the U.K. performing new, joint-composed material as "Irmin Schmidt and KUMO", part of "Can Solo Projects". An "Irmin Schmidt and KUMO"; album is planned for early 2001.
During 2000 he has worked closely with Tim Simenon on a new "Bomb the Bass" album and also with Jose Padilla ("Cafe del Mar" compiler and DJ) on a new album for WEA.
October 2000 saw the release of KUMO's 2nd album "1+1=1" on Spoon records (Spoon 46) as part of the "Can Connection Edition" series, which has been ecstatically recieved and is currently available throughout Europe, U.S.A and soon Japan.
September 2001 sees the release of the first Irmin Schmidt & Kumo album "Masters of Confusion" on Mute records to be accompanied by an International concert tour.
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