Stomu Yamashta is a master percussionist who studied jazz drumming at Berklee School of Jazz. In the 1970's he recorded a string of innovative albums for Island records which utilised the talents of such leading musicians as Hugh Hopper, Maurice Pert, Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve and Klaus Schulze, fusing his percussion talents with jazz, electronic and classical music to creat an ambient form of music all of his own. His music has been used by the Royal Ballet. Originally released in 1973 for Island Records, "The Man from the East" was the soundtrack to a fascinating theatre-piece Yamashta presented in Paris and London in 1972. Several of these songs ('Poker Dice', 'One Way', 'Memory of Hiroshima') appeared on the film soundtrack of The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and have since attained mythical status among fans.