Oct 3, 2017

Gigs in October 2017

Waiting anxiously Hikashu's new album "Anguri", while it's clear the most notable activity of the band in the foreseeable future is the new album release concert held at Star Pine's Cafe in Kichijoji on October 10 (described here), it's noted that there are other appearances for this month, as listed below:

October 6 - "Pre-Machi" @ Hearts+, Otsuka, Tokyo
October 7 - "Yokohama Jazz Promenade" @ KAAT Yokohama Art Theatre, Yokohama
October 10 - "Anguri" Release Concert @ Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo
October 16 - LaMama, Shibuya, Tokyo

"Pre-Machi" is a sort of showcase gig for the event called "Aki No Yoimachi" which is held in November, and Hikashu has already been booked for the latter one as well.

Yokohama Jazz Promenade is a huge jazz festival with a distinguished history. Hikashu's appearance starts around noon, so do not forget to come early.

Unfortunately, pianist Shimizu Kazuto is not available at the LaMama's gig, and ex-member Yoshimori Makoto will join the band as substitute.

October 6, 2017
@ Hearts+
Otsuka, Tokyo
other acts: Owarikara, Kuchusen, Rahulas
open 18:00 - start 18:30
adv 2,800 yen - at door 3,300 yen

Hearts+, Otsuka, Tokyo

October 7, 2017
"Yokohama Jazz Promenade"
@ KAAT Yokohama Art Theatre
start 12:00

KAAT Yokohama Art Theatre, Yokohama

October 16, 2017
@ LaMama
Shibuya, Tokyo
other acts: Kozure Miwazo, Oedo Sukeroku Daiko (Traditional taiko ensemble)
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,300 yen

LaMama, Shibuya, Tokyo

Sep 20, 2017

Hikashu New Album "Anguri" Cover Art and Track List Revealed

On October 10, Hikashu's new album will be released. It's 27th album for the band and called "Anguri." Anguri is a Japanese word roughly translated as "mouth-opened for surprise."

The album has 13 tracks and the running time is about 50 minutes. The titles are as follows:

Hikashu - Anguri: in the Style of Unlanding

1. Anguri / Anguri
2. Doremo ga Seikai / All are correct
3. Shikou no Mousou / Suprematism
4. Narisumashite Sourou / Solemn Pretender
5. Tsubuyaku Kai / Selfish shellfish
6. Iine / I like it
7. Toumei Sugiruyo / Too transparent
8. Ryokai desu / Roger that
9. Zenhoui Ayashige / Omni suspicion
10. Mamonaku Tengoku / It will be heaven soon
11. Aisenaiyo, Sonnanja / You cannot be in love, I guess.
12. Chakuriku Shinaikei / In the style of unlanding
13. Iishitumon desune! / Good Question!

Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet, shakuhachi, mouth harp)
Mita Freeman (guitar)
Sakaide Masami (bass)
Shimizu Kazuto (piano, synthesizer, bass clarinet)
Sato Masaharu (drums)

Additional musicians:
Mori Ikue (electronics)
Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone)
Fubuki Yukie (vocal)
Afrirampo (vocal)
Inoue Makoto (synthesizer)

Release date: October 10, 2017

The cover illustration is drawned by Kondo Akino, a Japanese artist who currently resides in New York City. From her tweet:

Quite attractive, isn't it?

Now HMV Japan takes pre-order worldwide. See here for details.

New Album Release Concert @ Star Pine's Cafe Kichijoji Tokyo on October 10, 2017

Hikashu will release a new album "Anguri" on October 10. To commemorate it, a special concert will be held on the same day at Star Pine's Cafe of Kichijoji, Tokyo.

October 10, 2017
"Anguri" Release Concert
@ Star Pine's Cafe
Kichijoji, Tokyo
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 3,900 yen - at door 4,300 yen

Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo

Aug 11, 2017

Jazz Art Sengawa 2016 digest video

Last week a digest video of Jazz Art Sengawa 2016 uploaded on YouTube. Hikashu's appearance starts at 4:44, performing together with Food, Thomas Strønen on drums, Iain Ballamy on tenor saxophone.

JAZZ ART せんがわ(SENGAWA) 2016 ダイジェスト(Digest)

Jazz Art Sengawa this year will be held on September 14-17 at Sengawa Theatre, Chofu, Tokyo. Hikashu is the last act of the last day, and it has a guest, a young saxophonist from NYC, Chris Pitsiokos.

Jazz Art Sengawa 2017 September 14-17

For other video related to the festival, see the following playlist:
Jazz Art Sengawa on YouTube

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

Fujii Satoko Orchestra Tokyo featuring Alister Spence

September 14 Thursday

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

Jazz Art Trio
Makigami Koichi, Fujiwara Kiyoto, Sakamoto Hiromichi

September 15 Friday

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.