Ninja Academy is an instrumental rock duo consisting of Indo-Ninja on bass and Outdo-Ninja on drums. They have performed at almost every club in Los Angeles,
including Spaceland, The Echo, Safari Sam's, The Viper Room, The Roxy,
and The Whiskey. Notable past performances include a 5 week, sold out
residency at the Silverlake Lounge; a sold out show opening for Rx
Bandits at The Roxy; performing along side famous actors such as Tim
Meadows, Andrew Daly and Matt Walsh at the Upright Citizens Brigade
Theater in L.A.; performing with esteemed live painter/artist, Norton
Wisdom; playing an acoustic set at a private party for Rickie Lee
Jones' birthday; and performing on the KTLA Morning Show at the Queen
Mary. One of their most important shows was the farewell show for their
martial artist, Donkey Punch at The Echo in Los Angeles. This show was
sold out beyond capacity and filmed and recorded by Spaceland Productions.
It is distributed and available for purchase internationally. Other
notable artists they have opened for are: Mike Watt & The
Secondmen, Nels Cline Singers, Banyan (with Stephen Perkins), and
Donita Sparks (L7). In 2008, Ninja Academy was awarded the 'Hear in
L.A.' prize for original composition, by the City of Los Angeles'
Department of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Cultural Innovation.
Most recently, Ninja Academy was awarded a grant by the City of
Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the Division of Cultural
Affairs, to perform in Spring 2009's ArtNight Pasadena. All these
performances have gained Ninja Academy a loyal and large fan base, in
addition to numerous "Go" mentions in the L.A. Weekly. As Indo-Ninja so
eloquently puts it, "You never know when a Ninja is going to show up."
Although Ninja Academy is mostly a bass and drums duo, there are many guest ninjas that join them on stage.
Gongis Khan is their high-priestess who bangs on the Taiko drum and dances beautifully.
Ninjamamalickum executes vocal destruction every time she steps up to the mic. There
are many other occasional guests, varying from violin to guitar to
martial artist. It may be interesting to note that Indo, Outdo and the
two ladies are all of Asian decent and yes, they do dress like ninjas.
Indo and Outdo are also in-demand musicians in their own right.
Indo-Ninja has toured internationally with Rickie Lee Jones, while
Outdo-Ninja has recorded with Devo and toured the United States with
the circus (Spiegelworld).
Ninja Academy has three releases under their belts; two studio albums
albums (one of which has cover artwork by Chet Zar, Tool's live video
artist), and the above-mentioned live album. These CDs have been played
on various radio stations (terrestrial and Internet) around the
country, as well as having been licensed to MTV, Quicksilver and other
productions. 2009 will see the release of their fourth album. National
tours are being planned to promote this CD.
Here is what some have said about Ninja Academy:
"They are hard-rockingly one of the best live bands I've seen in a club in L.A.." - L.A. Taco
"That's when you'll get a taste of some truly cutting-edge music...If
you're sick of the same old stuff, this should provide the antidote."
- John Sollenberger, Pasadena Weekly
"…some of the most sonically diverse music since the Minutemen" - Ryan Ritchie, L.A. Weekly
"The entire album (bra'ka dOm) is interesting and sharp to listen to...
Highly recommended!" - Autopia.com
"I'm more impressed with their song craft and how well they can glide
through a variety of styles." - DrowningInCulture.com