Born in Japan, but raised in Alabama from age 9, Nori is a veteran session musician who has worked with Jon Anderson (Yes), Jon Camp (Renaissance), Dave Hope (Kansas), Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt / Muscle Shoals) the Chi-Lites & Michael English, among many others. CCM magazine once compared his guitar playing to both Mark Knopfler and Phil Keaggy. Nori has two projects released internationally by Mel Bay, “Basic Guitar Strumming & Fingerpicking” and “Modern Guitar Method Grade 1,” both of which have been best sellers.
Barbie hails from the Wilmington, Delaware area and comes from a musical family. She began playing the flute at age 9, and currently augments the flute with hand percussion and acoustic guitar. She has sung and played on many recording sessions. Her voice has a pleasant, almost Celtic-like quality which audiences love (many have compared her voice to that of Natalie Merchant), and her flute playing combined with Nori's guitar work achieves nice results.
Wind’s music is an original mixture of prog rock, classic rock and folk, influenced by British artists like Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler, Yes & Renaissance, as well as North American artists like Bruce Cockburn & The Allman Brothers.
Their 11th album, entitled Seasons, was released on July 5, 2016. It is their “proggiest" album to date, with nods to many 60s and 70s era artists. The main body of work on this album is a concept piece which goes through the cycle of a year, from January to December. There are four additional tracks, one of which features Jon Camp of the renowned 70's British group, "Renaissance," on both bass and backing vocals. This is Jon’s second guest appearance on a Wind album, who's signature bass sound was featured on two tracks of 2013’s Wave.
Barbie has also written a musical with Nori entitled, "No Love, No Peace," which was debuted in the spring of 2017 by students at The Academy of Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach. Since the debut, the two of them have been adding and tweaking in preparation of both future performances and copyrighting.
WIND is available to perform as a full band, a trio, or duo.
"(Nori’s) guitar playing stuns." ~ Doug LeBlanc, CCM Magazine
"WIND, presenting passionate music with high-flying flute, guitar acrobatics and killer chorus sections, seem to have no hard time proving they can win over even the average music listener." ~ Shawn M. Haney, All Music Guide
“...best flute & guitar music in the southeast.” ~ Borders Books & Music, Atlanta
“With the scene here in the UK currently picking up for progressive rock artists and artists with a folk and blues edge, the time could be right for WIND...they have the tools and the songs, they just need that little push...” ~ Nick Baldrain, Fireworks Magazine (UK)