Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Improvisation for Mick Karn

T. Renner, "Improvisation for Mick Karn," 2011, acrylic on paper, 6" x 4".

From the New Musical Express:
Japan bassist Mick Karn has died aged 52.

Karn, who revealed in June 2010 that he had been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, passed away at his Chelsea home today (January 4), according to a statement on

The statement added that Karn "was surrounded by his family and friends" at the time of his death, and that he "will be deeply missed by all".

Born Andonis Michaelides in Nicosia, Cyprus, Karn played with Japan from their formation in 1974 until their split in 1982, and again in 1991 during a brief reunion under the new name Rain Tree Crow. He also worked with Gary Numan, Kate Bush and Bauhaus founder member Peter Murphy, with whom he formed Dali's Car in 1984.