Itta and Marqido are two previously solo experimental musicians who paired up in 2005 to create 10. Independently successful, together, they burst through art festivals throughout much of Asia and parts of Europe, gaining recognition as one of the most active and creative bands on the Asian indie scene.
They met in Seoul at an international experimental music gathering at Bulgasari and were impressed by each others performances. Itta suggested that they tour together and soon after they formed 10, a name that marks the date they met, October 10th, and also symbolizes their union; 1 represents Itta, or "to be", and 0 represents the first part of Marqido's name, Maru, or "cycle."
The two make an artistically complete pair. Their dynamic compositions and improvisations conjugate an assortment of instruments and various art forms. Marqido is a Japanese noise artist with psychedelic and avant-garde influence. For him, the intrigue of using the laptop as an instrument is that the noise seems to mysteriously come about without the listener or viewer being able to definitively identify how. Itta is a Korean vocalist who plays the melodica, piano, accordion, mini synthesizer, key-tar, drum kit, and numerous toys. For her, noise is a poetic device. Itta is an extravagant performer while Marqido is antagonistically still. Together they render a sound and performance that is innocent and explosive, unexpected but not awkward. 10's performance has provoked words from critics from: "bizarre," "abrasive," and "ironic," to: "intriguing," "alluring," and "intricate."
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