Miho Hatori is a singer and songwriter, primarily known as the vocalist of the New York City group Cibo Matto. Miho 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.
Miho moved to the United States, New York sometime around 1993 to study at an English school; Where she sometimes continued her infrequent work as a DJ. The first New York band she was in was a punk band called Leitoh Lychee for which she provided the vocals, and also played violin through a distortion effects pedal. It was as a member of Leitoh Lychee where she first met her Cibo Matto co-founder Yuka Honda in 1994. Cibo Matto went on to release two albums, Viva! La Woman in 1996 and Stereo Type A in 1999. She also contributed vocals to Cibo Matto band-mate Sean Lennon's solo album, Into the Sun in 1998. Cibo Matto has since broken up.
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. In 2001 Miho contributed vocals for the band Gorillaz as "Noodle". Other artists she has worked with include Handsome Boy Modeling School, Stephin Merritt's The 6ths, The Baldwin Brothers, The Beastie Boys, Blackalicious, Greg Kurstin (Action Figure Party), Forr? in the Dark and John Zorn. Miho has also performed solo and on October 21, 2005 her first solo album, Ecdysis was released in Japan. Ecdysis has recently as of October 24, 2006 been released in the United States & Europe as well.