HIRO KONE is NICKY MAO, a New York City based musician and artist. Mao was a former member of EFFI BRIEST and UP DIED SOUND. Her background in classical training and symphonic arrangements provides a stark juxtaposition to the raw sounds of Hiro Kone's material, evoking something both familiar and disorienting. Brightly dark, softly cutting, airy and weighty, Hiro Kone brings together seemingly contradictory elements and synthesizes them to create form out of shapelessness. Her second album, The Unmoved Mover, is as an extension of her previous self-titled EP, envisioning the factions and movements in the human psyche and soul from an indivisible prime source. Co-produced and mixed by former original GANG GANG DANCE member TIM DEWIT, The Unmoved Mover, examines the break between worlds, with void in form, and irreverent breaches in thought-The Unmoved Mover is both solitary and collaborative. The intimacy is in the absence created by Hiro Kone and Dewit. Hiro Kone released the self-titled EP (Bitterroots, 2012), a live score for Cinema 16 at The International House of Philadelphia (2012), and a collaboration with David Van Tieghem x 10 Fits and Starts (RVNG Intl, 2013). Future projects include a studio recording of Migration Raga with Arp (Root Strata, 2014) and more.