Jun 25, 2017

Jazz Art Sengawa 2017: September 13-17




This year's Jazz Art Sengawa will be held on September 13-17 at Sengawa Theatre, Chofu, Tokyo.

Jazz Art Sengawa is an festival for jazz, avant-pop, and improvised music as a showcase for acts from Japan and abroad. From its inception, it has been led by three artists, Makigami Koichi, Fujiwara Kiyoto, and Sakamoto Hiromichi. The main venue for the event is Sengawa Theatre, which is located in Chofu, a west surburb of Tokyo.

And this year's event there are two things outstanding change. One is duration - now it's vastly expanded as 5 days event, as it had been set for 3 days long in the past. And the other is a return of John Zorn's Cobra. While it's been absent from the festival for a few years, the ever-popular game piece was a big attraction, and now it's back.

Of course Hikashu is on the roster as well - and this time they are with Chris Pitsiokos, a prominent NYC saxophonist who participated in the band's recording session last May. And this is the first time they play together in public.

Metropolis, a Tokyo-based English magazine, has this to say:
Addressing Japan’s staid jazz festival scene is Jazz Art Sengawa, at a sleek Tadao Ando development in suburban Sengawa. This year’s event takes in performances by Makigami himself alongside co-director/ cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto, with the theme, “feral ·intimate·alive.” Makigami will direct a staging of John Zorn’s notorious game-theory music piece “Cobra” to conclude the event, and also perform with his influential art-punk group Hikashu. Sakamoto will attack his cello as per usual with power tools, an experience that seldom fails to startle. Also on the bill are one-time Sonic Youth member and noted noise music artist Jim O’Rourke, along with Rob Turner, the percussionist behind GoGo Penguin, a British trio acclaimed for its innovative mashups of elements of electronica, trip-hop, jazz, rock, and classical music.

The schedule is as follows:


September 13 Wednesday

19:30-
Fujii Satoko Orchestra Tokyo featuring Alister Spence


September 14 Thursday

19:30-
Tokumarushugo + Kafka Ibiki
Kafka Ibiki - Jim O'Rourke, Ishibashi Eiko, Yamamoto Tatsuhisa

Jazz Art Trio
Makigami Koichi, Fujiwara Kiyoto, Sakamoto Hiromichi


September 15 Friday

19:30-
John Zorn's Cobra


September 16 Saturday

13:30-15:00 directed by Makigami Koichi
VocColours with Kita Yoichiro
Komori Keiko + Morgan Fisher + Makigami Koichi

16:30-18:00 directed by Sakamoto Hiromichi
"An Encounter with silent film"
Minakata Michiko
Nanao Tabito + Sakamoto Hiromichi with silent film screening

19:30-21:00 directed by Fujiwara Kiyoto
Itabashi Fumio + Fujiwara Kiyoto
Daifukusei (Saito Kazushi, Fukuda Ayumi)


September 17 Sunday

13:30-15:00 directed by Sakamoto Hiromichi
Nakamura Tasuya + PIKA + Sakamoto Hiromichi with Nagamekurashitsu (Neguro Yosuke, Hasegawa Itsumi, Yasuoka Ako, and others)

16:30-18:00 directed by Fujiwara Kiyoto
Sakata Akira + Peter Madsen + Fujirawa Kiyoto
Matsumoto Osamu Musica Immaginaria
(Sone Mao, Nakayama Takumi, Hirayama Junko, Matsumoto Osamu, Yamada Azusa, Katano Goro, Nozaki Kurara, Yamada Rei)

19:30-21:00 directed by Makigami Koichi
Hikashu with Chris Pitsiokos
(Makigami Koichi, Mita Freeman, Sakaide Masami, Shimizu Kazuto, Sato Masaharu)


Ticket is currently available. Go get them while it's out.

Jazz Art Sengawa facebook

Jazz Art Sengawa 2017 - Sengawa Theatre website


Hikashu at Jazz Art Sengawa Metropolis


September 13-17, 2017
Jazz Art Sengawa
@ Sengawa Theatre
Chofu, Tokyo
6,800 yen for 1 day ticket
12,500 yen for 2 days ticket
18,000 yen for 5 days pass

Sengawa Theatre, Chofu, Tokyo

Jun 4, 2017

Hikashu at Fuji Rock Festival 2017




Hikashu will perform at Fuji Rock Festival on July 28, 2017.

Simply put, Fuji Rock is the biggest rock festival in Japan, and this is the 4th appearance for the band.

Tickets are now available - go get them quick before it's too late.

For details, see Fuji Rock Festival Official Site.







July 28-30, 2017
"Fuji Rock Festival 2017"
@ Naeba Ski Resort
Yuzawa, Niigata

Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa, Niigata



Jun 1, 2017

New album coming out in late 2017


Hikashu reveals plans to release an album this year.

Last month they went into studio, Eastside Sound of NYC, and recorded an album with the band's right-hand man, engineer Marc Urselli.

They prepared ten compositions for the session, and recorded seven. It has some additional musicians including the band's long-time friend and collaborator, Ikue Mori.



The album is now tentatively called "Anguri" - not Angry, mind you. It's a Japanese word, means "stunned," "aghast," or "open-mouthed." Whatever, with all it implies a lot of surprise.

Makigami said it will be released in late October this year. Hold your breath and you'll get a good thing. That's for sure.

May 31, 2017

Kyushu Tour July 2-4 2017



This year the band's annual tour of Kyushu will be held in July. The schedule is as follows:


July 2 - Space Terra, Fukuoka
July 3 - At Hall, Oita
July 4 - Navaro, Kumamoto


July 2, 2017
@ Space Terra
Fukuoka
open 17:30 - start 18:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen
spaceterra.net

Space Terra, Fukuoka



July 3, 2017
@ At Hall
Oita
open 19:00 - start 19:30
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen
athall.com

At Hall, Oita



July 4, 2017
@ Navaro
Kumamoto
open 19:30 - start 20:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen
navaro.info
For reservation contact camnaschca_ATMARK_gmail.com

Navaro, Kumamoto

Gigs in June 2017 - Kansai and Chubu regions



In June, Hikashu tours Kansai and Chubu regions of Japan. The dates are:

June 1 - Sakuraza, Kofu
June 13 - Tokuzo, Nagoya
June 14 - Chicken George, Kobe (with Afrirampo)
June 16 - Rag, Kyoto
June 17 - Mokkiriya, Kanazawa
June 24 - Freakyshow, Shizuoka

The Kobe show is a double bill gig with Afrirampo, a female duo who performed with Hikashu last December.


June 1, 2017
@ Sakuraza
Kofu
open 19:00 - start 19:30
adv 3,900 yen - at door 4,500 yen
For inquiries call the venue at 090-6155-9628

Sakuraza, Kofu



June 13, 2017
@ Tokuzo
Nagoya
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Tokuzo, Nagoya



June 14, 2017
@ Chicken George
Kobe
Other act: Afrirampo
open 18:30 - start 19:00
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Chicken George, Kobe



June 16, 2017
@ Rag
Kyoto
open 18:00 - start 19:30
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Rag, Kyoto



June 17, 2017
@ Mokkiriya
Kanazawa
adv 3,500 yen - at door 4,000 yen

Mokkiriya, Kanazawa



June 24, 2017
@ Freakyshow
Shizuoka
Other Acts: Roden Ginza and others
open 17:00 - start 17:20
(Hikashu is the headliner)
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Freakyshow, Shizuoka

Apr 27, 2017

Hikashu and Godzilla Legend to go into recording studio after the performance at Japan Society NYC on April 28, 2017





Regarding the Godzilla Legend concert at Japan Society NYC on April 28, all the advance tickets are sold out. But day-of-performance ticket MAY be available. Ask Japan Society for details.

Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube - Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM - Japan Society


The personnel for the Japan Society concert:

Inoue Makoto (synthesizer)

Hikashu:
Makigami Koichi (vocals, theremin)
Mita Freeman (guitar)
Sakaide Masami (bass)
Shimizu Kazuto (keyboard)
Sato Masaharu (drums)

Charan Po Rantan:
Koharu (accordion, vocals)
Momo (vocals)

Horns:
Tasumi Kogoro (trumpet)
Yoshida Ryuichi (baritone saxophone)
Goto Atsushi (trombone)


Shortly after the performance, Godzilla Legend and Hikashu go into studio respectively, and record new material. According to Makigami, these albums are, if everything falls into place, to be released at the end of this year. Can't wait.


Apr 4, 2017

"Quit Your Band" - very interesting book about contemporary music scene in Japan is just out




Ian F. Martin is a music writer from UK who has been in Japan and his first book is just out. It's called "Quit Your Band" and its subtitle is "Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground." Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Unfortunately, we don't see the book yet, but it looks really promising.

See the following interview. A must if you are interested in contemporary Japanese music scene.

Quit Your Band! Musical Notes From The Japanese Underground - thequietus.com

There is no reference to Hikashu in this interview and we don't know he ever mentioned the band in his book, but in fact he once selected "Ikitekoi Chinmoku" as the best album of 2015.

And this another interview he did mention our beloved band.

Dive into the Underground Japanese Musical Scene with Ian Martin

In this interview, he actually said "Hikashu are easily my favorite Japanese band of all time." No kidding.

There's a trailer for the book.



And he talked about it at his blog, Total Exposure.