Ars Nova is a unique female All-instrumental Prog band   with an obvious homage to Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
In 1983, Yumiko Saito (drums),  Kyoko Kanazawa (bass)  and  Keiko Tsubata (keyboards),  met at the University in Tokyo and began playing the music of  Emerson, Lake & Palmer  and Trace. They played in clubs and other venture in Japan's underground scene.
In 1985, Keiko Tsubata left the band to get married (only lasting one gig), and Keiko Kumagai  stepped in to  replacement her on keyboards. Keiko Kumagai began her musical training on classical piano at a very young age. In 1982, she started to play progressive rock and some hard rock music. She was influenced how to play the keyboards by Toshio Egawa when she started to listen to Japanese progressive rock. She joined Sylphied in 1983.
In 1990,  Made In Japan producer, Numero Ueno, met the band and encouraged them to reform and record- hence- `Fear And Anxiety,' was released in 1992, showing the bands raw talent and closely resembling an ELP album.
`Transi' was released in 1994). Arrangements became stronger both compositionally and artistically. The album sold very well in Japan and Ars Nova performed at their first US gig during Progfest '95 in Los Angeles. The show was video recorded and was released on Pgrogfest `95 Day One.  Their  performance received high marks.
In 1996, ARSNOVA released their third album `The Goddess of Darkness,'  which showed a greater influence by the Italian Prog band- Goblin influence as well as: Il Balleto Di Bronzo, Deja-yu and Social Tension.
Promoting at home and abroad, they did a USA tour starting with "Progday '96, in North Carolina, and covered major east coast cities performing in support of  Mastermind. They also toured France and Germany.
Their second  European tour began in 1997 and started in  London, then the "Uden Festival" in Uden, Holland and finishing in Stuttgart, Germany in July. Trycle Records- a major Japanese label signed the band and  released a compilation album `The Six Singular Impressions,'  July '97.
Kyoko  Kanazawa left the band and the group started recording  a new album with Ken Ishita (Bass/ex-Deja- Vu) as guest player.
The new album- `Reu Nu Pert Em Hru,' or `Book of the Dead,' (originating from Egyptian Ancient history) was released in September 1998. They performed a world tour in 1998 to support the album, appearing in  15 - 17 cities across Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Poland, Sweden and  England and the US in the fall with the lineup of Keiko, Akiko and  Naomi Miura (keys ex-Rosalia as a support player).
Recently, Ars Nova  finished recording for a progressive rock tribute album, recording  ELP's "Tarkus", Trace's "King Bird", "Buree" and an Il Balletto di Bronzo song and in  Feb. 25 2001, the band released- `Android Domina' which has a colder feel and the bands' style sports a kinkier S & M look.  For the album, the band's line-up included: Keiko Kumagai  (Hammond, synthesizers and synth programming,  Mika  (voices, synthesizers, piano, organ and Akiko Takahashi on  drums and  percussion.
Guest musicians on the album included: Ken Ishita and Noboru Nakajima (bass) and Numero Uno - (voice).
About the various themes that Ars Nova has explored... Keyboardist and composer- Keiko explains: "I choose the theme in each album. I have always taken a theme in which I am interested in. I usually examine something, reading books, seeing movies, watching TV, go to the art museum, look at the pictures, go to concerts ... I just match some imagination to the theme and then I go ... and sometime a great idea comes to me."  

Ars Nova  Discography

'Fear & Anxiety' (1992)
'Transi' (Japan 1994)
'Goddess of Darkness' (1996)
`The Six Singular Impressions' compilation (1997)
`Book of the Dead' (1998)
`Android Domina'  (2001)