posted May 22nd, 2017

Drag City is excited to announce the release of Fumio Miyashita's Live On The Boffomundo Show! Fumio was the leader of one of the most revered Japanese space rock outfits, The Far East Family Band. The Boffomundo Show was a public access television show focusing on progressive music which filmed in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Boffomundo producers Aaron Weiner and Ron Curtiss soon partnered with Tony Harrington of All Ears Records to create The All Ears Boffomundo Show, which led to the fortuitous day when Fumio appeared on the program to give this very special performance - one that's never been heard or released on any tangible format... until now!

Ron Curtiss writes: "All Ears Records stable of artists concentrated heavily on Japanese bands and musicians. He introduced us to the already legendary synthesizer master, Fumio Miyashita, founder of The Far East Family Band, who Tony boldly dubbed "Japan's Answer to Pink Floyd." While certainly influenced by the Floyd, Fumio, along with fellow band member and award winning synthesist, Kitaro, were more accurately evolving the electronic techno-stylings of Germany's Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Temple, Kraftwerk, and other Krautrock innovators from the early 1970s. One-time Dream and Temple member, and a seminal synth innovator in his own right, Klaus Schulze, both produced and mixed several Far East Family Band albums. "

As Aaron recalls, "Fumio was a gentle soul. Soft spoken, thoughtful and intelligent. And on the cutting edge of technology. It was in Fumio's hands that I first viewed a Sony Walkman. It is mind boggling to think what has transpired technologically since then." Fumio brought multiple keyboards, percussion and incidental sundries to a studio the size of a small garage. Somehow, the staff of Theta Cable Studios managed to capture all the sound pumped through a 12" bookshelf speaker! A single microphone wrested on a wooden stool in front of that speaker.

A second appearance from Fumio included Far East Family Band members, guitarist Lance Hooks and bass player George Babon in 1980. The same lone bookshelf speaker was employed once again! That proud little speaker is no doubt fully decomposed in a landfill somewhere but music survives...

Live On The Boffomundo Show is available for pre-order now on LP, with a release date of July 28th!

Artists in this story: Fumio Miyashita