Henry Kaiser (musician)

Henry Kaiser ( born September 19, 1952 in Oakland, California) is an American fusion - rock guitarist and singer as well as producer and underwater filmmaker, who has released more than 35 albums since 1977 and was involved in more than 150 albums as a guitarist or producer.


Emperor's first recordings were performed as a solo project or with spontaneously assembled groups, such as Fred Frith, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, with pianist Greg Goodman and Diamanda Galás. In the 1980s, based on the Kaiser rock sound of the 1960s and 1970s. With a rather improvisational guitar, he worked with Derek Bailey and Jim O'Rourke. In the 1990s he took albums with David Lindley on in Norway and Madagascar.

In YOO MILES! Project Emperor -oriented together with Wadada Leo Smith, the sound of the electric Miles Davis band of the 1970s.

At the turn of 2001/2002 Kaiser spent under the Antarctic Artists & Writers Program of the National Science Foundation, two and a half months on a research station in Antarctica and took it the first musician to an album on this continent.

For the science fiction film The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) by Werner Herzog contributed Emperor underwater movie shooting in the McMurdo Sound. Kaiser produced the documentary Encounters at the End of the World (2007) by Werner Herzog, who was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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