Miho Hatori (born April 5, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan) is a singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, primarily known as the vocalist of New York City outfit, Cibo Matto. Miho Hatori also plays drums, shaker, triangle and other hand percussion, and creates drum loops.
Miho Hatori expressed an early interest in music while growing up in Japan. She worked in a record shop where she was exposed to many different styles of music, and sometimes performed as a club DJ. She also had some minor success in Tokyo rapping in a band named Kimidori.
Miho Hatori moved to the United States, New York in 1993 to study at an English school. She also continued her infrequent work as a DJ. The first New York band she was in was a Punk band named Leitoh Lychee for which she provided the vocals, and also played violin through a distortion effects pedal. It was in Leitoh Lychee where she first met her Cibo Matto co-founder Yuka Honda in 1994.
While Cibo Matto was touring with Beck, Miho and Beck guitarist Smokey Hormel discovered a shared love of bossa nova and samba, which eventually resulted in their Brazilian-styled musical project Smokey & Miho. She has also provided guest vocals for the band Gorillaz.
Other artists she has worked with include - but are not limited to - Handsome Boy Modeling School, Stephin Merritt's The 6ths, Beastie Boys, John Zorn, and Sean Lennon, as well as performing on her own.
Miho Hatori's first solo album, "Ecdysis", was released in Japan in October 2005.