Nov 30, 2018

Christmas Concert with Polysics on December 23, 2018

On December 23, Hikashu will make the band's final appearance of this year at Daikanyama Unit, Tokyo. It's a special evening with guest artists.

December 23, 2018
"Hikashu's Golden Christmas"
@ Unit
Daikanyama, Tokyo
guest: Polysics, Zombie Chang
adv 5,000 yen
open 17:00 - start 17:30

Daikanyama Unit, Tokyo

Oct 31, 2018

Two retrospective compilations of Hikashu will be released in December 2018

It's just announced that two, not one, compilation albums of Hikashu will be released late this year. They are called "20th century best" and "21st century best" respectively.

These releases are for commemorating the band's 40th year anniversary. The former has tracks from 1979-1996, and the latter is selected from the band's albums in this century.

Currently, the track listings are not revealed yet. We only know they will be out in December this year, and both are 2CD set (of course). We'll let you know when the details are available.

Sep 30, 2018

Hikashu Kyushu Tour October 12-14 2018

In October, Hikashu will tour Kyushu, the southern island of Japan. It covers Oita, Kumamoto and Fukuoka. The dates are as follows:

October 12 - At Hall, Oita
October 13 - One Drop, Kumamoto
October 14 - Space Terra, Fukuoka

October 12, 2018
@ At Hall
open 19:00 - start 19:30
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

At Hall, Oita

October 13, 2018
@ One Drop
open 18:00 - start 19:00
adv 2,500 yen - at door 3,000 yen
(2 drink order required)

One Drop, Kumamoto

October 14, 2018
@ Space Terra
open 17:30 - start 18:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Space Terra, Fukuoka

Aug 30, 2018

Jazz Art Sengawa 2018: September 13-16

The 11th Jazz Art Sengawa, a prominent event of jazz, avant-pop, and improvised music in Tokyo, will be held at Sengawa Theatre on September 13-16, 2018.

This festival has been praised for its quite adventurous booking policies, and this year's line-up is no exception. It's must-see, especially if you are interested in contemporary music scene of Japan.

Also notable is this is an entirely artist-driven thing - the producers are all artists themselves: Makigami Koichi, Fujiwara Kiyoto, and Sakamoto Hiromichi.

September 13 Thursday

Free Improvisation workshop 16:30 - 18:00
open-to-public, impromptu session moderated by the producers

Preamble by the producers 19:45

Otomo Lussier duo 20:00 - 21:00
Otomo Yoshihide (guitar), René Lussier (guitar) duo

September 14 Friday

John Zorn's Cobra 19:30 - 21:00
Makigami Koichi (prompter), Okuma Wataru (clarinet), Ono Ryoko (saxophone), Kita Yoichiro (trumpet), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shibata Nao (violin), Johnny Okura Daijin (voice), Yoshidadaikiti (citar), René Lussier (guitar, daxophone), Luzio Altobelli (accordion), Julie Houle (tuba), Marton Maderspach (drums), Robbie Kuster (drums)

September 15 Saturday

"Poetry and Music" 13:30 - 15:00
Shiraishi Kazuko (poetry), Oki Itaru (trumet), Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass)
Makigami Koichi (poetry), Werner Puntigam (trombone), Arimoto Rato (trumpet)
Misumi Miduki (poetry), Kondo Toshiro (piano)

Sakamoto Hiromichi direction 16:30 - 18:00
Peter Evans (trumpet), Ishikawa Ko (sho), Imanishi Beniyuki (koto), Chino Shuichi (keyboard), Sakamoto Hitomichi (cello)

Makigami Koichi direction 19:30 - 21:00
Hikashu x Saicobab
Hikashu - Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shimizu Kazuto (keyboard, bass clarinet), Sato Masaharu (drums)
Saicobab - Yoshimio (vocal), Yoshidadaikiti (citar), Akita Goldman (bass), Hama (frame drum)

September 16 Sunday

Sakamoto Hiromichi direction 13:30 - 15:00
Lauren Newton (voice), Heiri Kaenzig (bass), Yamasaki Aya (voice), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello), Hanayagi Reno (nihon buyo), Higuma Haruo (visual projection)

"Quebec and Japan" 16:30 - 18:00
René Lussier Quintette - René Lussier (guitar, daxophone), Luzio Altobelli (accordion), Julie Houle (tuba), Marton Maderspach (drums), Robbie Kuster (drums)
Harada Setsu (ondo martono), Makigami Koichi (theremin)
Alive painting supplied by Nakayama Akiko

Fujiwara Kiyoto direction 19:30 - 21:00
Sakata Akira (alto saxophone, clarinet), Peter Evans (trumpet), Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass), Reggie Nicholson (drums), Fujiyama Yuko (piano)

There will be also open-air sessions with various performers held at the nearby Sengawa Station Park on September 15 and 16. Admission free. See the following map for direction.

September 13-16, 2018
Jazz Art Sengawa
@ Sengawa Theatre
Chofu, Tokyo

1 stage - 3,000 yen
(2,700 yen for Sengawa resident, 1,500 yen for student)
1 day pass - 6,800 yen (available only for September 15 or 16)
3 days ticket - 15,000 yen (September 14-16)
2,000 yen - Otomo Lussier duo on September 13
admission free - free improvisation workshop on September 13
available at the Sengawa Theater box office, or eplus (online ticket vendor)

Sengawa Theatre, Chofu, Tokyo

Sengawa Station Park, Chofu, Tokyo

All images are derived from the official Jazz Art Sengawa website:

Jul 31, 2018

Next appearance: Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on August 21

Hikashu will perform at Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on August 21, 2018. This is the only appearance of the band on the month so do not miss it.

August 21, 2018
@ 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

Jun 17, 2018

"Shelfish Shellfish" video

There's a video "Shelfish Shellfish" (Tsubuyaku Kai), a selection from Hikashu's latest, Anguri.

The video iself is presumably shot during their recent tour in Russia.

Jun 13, 2018

Sakaide Masami 60th birthday concert series June 26-29 2018

Sakaide Masami, Hikashu's bass player, turns 60 years old this month, and for commemorating it there will be held a 4-days concert series on June 26-28 at his hometown, Seijo.

Sakaide's activities are quite diverse: He regularly plays with several rock bands, collaborating with contemporary dancers and theatre as a sound designer, and recording other artists as an engineer and producer. That's why such a long event is prepared for representing his current career.

Of course we all know he joined Hikashu in 1982 and has been with the group since then. Their appearance is the last day of the series and plans to play only his compositions.

The line-up are:

June 26 Kuroyagi Shiroyagi (with Sato Masaharu), Paititi (Douguchi Yoriko, Ishida Hidenori), Takemoto Kazuko
June 27 Aimai Chudoku, Pinocchio, midoriningen, Sakaide solo
June 28 Naomi Milian, Kusakabe Yasuo, Kurata Midori, Watanabe Mika, Sakaide Masami
June 29 Hikashu

June 26-29, 2018
"Sakaide Masami 60th birthday concert series"
@ Atelier Q
Seijo, Tokyo
open 19:00 - start 19:30
4,000 yen

Atelier Q, Seijo, Tokyo