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Mika was born in San Francisco California in 1955, he ws raised in
California and Nevada, has lived in Amsterdam and Helsinki. While living
just outside of a small desert town in Nevada, he began his sound
explorations: first playing with his grandfather’s shortwave radios and,
then, later on, in his early teens, playing a number of home made
instruments, a sitar, and experimenting with prepared
electric guitar using gum-wrappers  played with a violin bow and an
electric razor.
From these early experiments Mika’s
improvisational/compositional reach was extended in the early to
mid-1970s employing a modular synthesizer and tape loop echo machines
in live electronic treatment of acoustic instruments (soprano saxophone,
flute, voice, prepared fender-rhodes piano, and acoustic guitar
primarily.)

He studied composition in university under Professor Vladimir
Ussachevsky, and helped teach a graduate level electronic music
composition seminar series and under-graduate computer music courses,
while completing a Computer Science Degree. During this time Mika
developed a probabilistic simulation of piano improvisation as the basis
of an algorithmic composition system.
His
current musical/sonic efforts center on emergent structures of
improvisation from interactions between an ensemble of musicians and
generative sound architectures and systems he constructs in MAX/MSP, PD
(PureData) and other hardware/software elements .
In his bands Cartoon Justice, Bridge of Crows, v’Maa (Voi!
Maa!), Feral Luggage, the Lingua Incognita Sessions and in other
collaborative projects Mika melds free improv with structured song and
experimental noise processes, and extra musical elements (including his
own generative video sculptures.

…on the vague boundries between madness and genius…(https://www.rootsmusic.it/feral-luggage-diaspora-focii/)…Revolutionary sonic visions Feral Luggage – DIASPORA FOCII:  One
thing I can tell you about this amazing group of high-energy players is
that they truly DO provide you with revolutionary sonic visions…(https://contemporaryfusionreviews.com/revolutionary-sonic-visions/),,, “more” jazz but always in a very free and open form to compositional intuition, a mixture of Ornette Coleman,Jan Garbarekm John Coletrane, and Wayne Shorter, a “black: jazz that dies not renounce its blues roots bur also dreamlike and ethereal typical of Northern European school,…(https://www.rootsmusic.it/diaspora-focii-trio-crossing-the-river/)

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