Radio Wira Wiri interview

Click here to listen to the one hour interview with Junko Ueda by Charlie Crooijmans of the Dutch Radio Wira Wiri (in English)..

New Album by PoiL Ueda

On the 3rd March 2023, the first album (CD and LP) of PoiL Ueda will be released. You can order the CD and LP at

PoiL Ueda new album

About the Album ‘PoiL Ueda’: Unexpected encounter between Junko Ueda, eminent figure of the Japanese medieval epic storytelling, whose warm and profound voice summons the terrestrial energies and the organic madness of the monster PoiL practicing with cosmic rock without net. Poil Ueda detonates the limits of rock and world music. By the magic and respect of the "Ma ()," the two universes mesh and converge in perfect osmosis. The album opens with Kujô-Shakujô, a Buddhist shômyô chant practiced by monks to ward off evil spirits. The second part of the album plunges us into the naval battle of Dan no Ura and the grievous decline of the imperial Heike clan facing the Genji clan. Junko's stories surf freely on PoiL’s tumultuous wave pulsing with brashness and precision.

The project ‘Xenakis Birthday Party’ in Vienna

Junko Ueda participates with her traditional biwa music in the project ‘Xenakis Birthday Party’ at the Belvedere 21 (contemporary art museum) in Vienna on 18 June 2022 as part of the Wiener Festwochen. The project is to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the composer Iannis Xenakis. Reinhold Friedl (musician, composer and director of the ensemble Zeitkratzer) is curating a celebration on a grand scale.

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‘Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles’ film on Netflix

Junko Ueda is performing biwa in the animation film called ‘Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles’. The show starts streaming on 28 April 2022 on Netflix. The music is composed by Los Angels based composer Aiko Fukushima. Here below you can see the official trailer at YouTube.

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'PoiL Ueda' new live video on YouTube

Project ‘PoiL Ueda’ - PoiL (Lyonnaise contemporary rock band) and Junko Ueda (biwa/voice) - has another new live video of ‘Kokô - Final scene of Ataka’ from their concert at Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins in October 14th 2021.

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