Ikue arrived to New York in 1977 and joined in the band DNA started playing drums. In mid 80’s started playing drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music forged own highly sensitive signature style and involved in downtown improving community since.
She has collaborated with numerous musicians and artists throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and publish her own music.
Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 1999 and shortly after started using laptop computer to expand her vocabulary not only playing sounds but create and control the visual work as well. Received grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006, Instant Award for improvising music in 2019.
Recent collaboration include John Zorn, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Sylvie Courvoisier, Satoko Fujii and Joan Jonas.
Workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago