Koji Tano Obituary

Dear friends,

unless you have already heard, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news:

Our friend Koji Tano died yesterday, sunday july 31st. My information is limited, but what I know is that Koji was diagnosed with stomach cancer in may, but after surgery the doctors could only conclude itwas too late, the cancer had spread too far, and he was given maximum a yearleft to live. It lasted only two months.

Koji did more in his short time (I believe he was only 43) than most of us can hope for in a full lifetime. He had many friends around the world. As anorganizer of shows and tours in Japan he was the key to almost everyone in the noise/experimental community coming to Japan. He seemed tireless, as he was constantly networking and helping people out (myself included).

As a musician Koji made a name for himself with his project MSBR, with countless releases and tours all over the world. (On his tours he always took with him younger acts, giving them exposure). Koji also launched thefirst extensive website for noise music, up and running in 1996. He published a magazine, ran an online mailorder, booked shows and tours, ran
several labels, and in the last two years had his own store in Tokyo. His dedication and support for the music he loved was something extraordinary and his passing leaves a huge void in the noise scene.

I have been corresponding with Koji for over ten years and met him in person on a handful of occasions. This april I was in Japan, touring with John Hegre and John Sharp. During our time in Tokyo we stayed at his apartment, Koji sleeping on the livingroom floor, insisting we use his bedroom. He guided us around and made sure our stay was the best it could be. I
believe the show he set up with us at Shibuya O-nest on April 16th was not only the last show he ever set up, but also his last MSBR concert performance.

Usually when people pass away people remember the good stuff, but I can honestly say I've never heard anybody say a single bad word of Koji. He was, simply, a hero. Rest in peace Koji, we will miss you.

My condolences to Koji's close friends and family.

Lasse Marhaug
August 1st 2005