Hikashu plans to do a tour of west Japan in early May for the support of their newest album, Uragoe. Right now it includes Kobe on May 6, Kyoto on May 7, and Nagoya on May 8. Please note that the schedule is still under coordination and subject to change. More on this later.
Jazz Art Sengawa 2012
Jazz Art Sengawa 2012 is under preparation, and plans to be held on 20-22 of July. Being reached the 5th year, the 3-day annual festival still continues to be small but intimate, truly eclectic and simply one of the best music event in Japan. Of course the main curator is Makigami Koichi so Hikashu is likely to appear as they have before in the past.
Dance Music Series
Regarding reissue project of the past Hikashu recordings, Makigami Koichi and Inoue Makoto has been working on the archival tapes from mid 1980s. At that time, the band made some music for contemporary dance and ballet troupe. Some of them were released as "Soba de Yokereba" and "Nanimo Kamo Odore" in 1985 and 1987 respectively. And those are the albums which they'd like to resurface.
Being tentatively called "Dance Music Series," those recordings have never been re-released but now finally be reissued after all those years. Although the details still not revealed, the albums are expected to include new mix and bonus tracks, as the two have done on the superb "Watashi No Tanoshimi" (which is also a part of the series) reissue in 2010. Can't wait.