Jan 3, 2023

Seeson's Greetings 2023

Season's greetings and best wishes for the New Year from Hikashu.

Hikashu Monthly Concert 2023:

January 25 (Wed.)
February 27 (Mon.)
March 28 (Tue.)
April 24 (Mon.)

@ Star Pine's Cafe
Kichijoji, Tokyo

Dec 31, 2022

Hikashu's monthly concert series continues in 2023


On December 30, there was the year's end concert with guests at Star Pine's Cafe Kichijoji, and Hikashu had finished the activities of this year.

And it's officially announced that the monthly concert series at SPC will continue in 2023. Now it's 5th year.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the things 'go back to normal' anytime soon, but Hikashu will be active as ever, and we can expect a new album is coming. The band certainly have a new material to fill an album. Some of them are already performed in public, and we can say it sounded great. So let's look forward to the album. Have a nice new year's eve.

Dec 22, 2022

Year's end concert on December 30, 2022

Hikashu will hold a year's end concert at Star Pine's Cafe on December 30, 2022.

For years, Hikashu has been holding a special concert around christmas season with guests, Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this event has been halted. Now the situation is gradually changing, and this year's end concert is one of their attempts to 'back to normal'.

The guests are Inoyama Land, Kera, and Marianne Shinonome from Kinoko Hotel.

The concert will be long one so started early. The hours is different than usual so be careful.

December 30, 2022
"Hikashu Monthly 2022"
guest: Inoyama Land, Kera, Marianne Shinonome
@ Star Pine's Cafe
Kichijoji, Tokyo
open 15:30 - start 16:00
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen
There will be streaming broadcast available and ticket is sold at e+ (e-plus) (sorry, outside Japan is not supported).

Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo

Nov 28, 2022

Jazz Art Sengawa December 1-4 2022

This year's Jazz Art Sengawa has been slated to December due to the renovation of the venue, Sengawa Theater of Chofu, Tokyo.

Hikashu's appearance is scheduled to the afternoon of December 3rd. This is a special program - a continuation of the project "Kabakov's Dream" which have performed in Niigata this summer (see here for details). The project is a work in progress, and the audience is going to see it in a working stage.

The entire schedule is as follows:

December 1, 2022
"A Wind from Berlin"
Takase Aki (p), Daniel Eltman (sax), Uchihashi Kazuhisa (g), Nakaya Akiko (alive painting)
guest: Ino Nobuyoshi (b)

December 2, 2022
"Running in the Sky"
Samm Bennett (per), Fujiwara Kiyoto (b), Akaihirume (vo), Nagamine Maki (scenography)

December 3, 2022
"Kabakov's Dream Continued"
Makigami Koichi (vo, cor, thermin), Mita Freeman (g), Sakaide Masami (b), Shimizu Kazuto (p), Sato Masaharu (ds)
guest: Koketsu Masayo (sax)

"What a Wonderful World"
Arthur Binard (poetry), Nanao Tavito (vo, g), Kumasaka Rutsuko (accordion), Sakamoto Hiromichi (vc, etc)

December 4, 2022
"Wonderful World of Idiosyncratic Playing"
Tokushu Soho Yon [Tachibana Hideki (alto sax), Kita Yoichiro (tp), Takahashi Yasuyuki (tb), Honto Misaki (baritone sax)], Yamaga Gaku (g), Sakamoto Hiromichi (vc, etc)

"Trio looking for a bone of jellyfish"
Makigami Koichi (vo), Sato Yoshiaki (accordion), Kanda Yoshiko (percussion)

Each set - 3,500 yen

Sengawa Theater, Chofu, Tokyo

Oct 27, 2022

Now taking pre-order - Chirgilchin live in Japan 2022 album

The tour has ended and an album is coming.

The Japan tour of Chirgilchin, one of the leading ensembles of Tuvan throat singing, was held in October 2022, which was organized by Makigami Koichi, and it was a success as most shows were eventually sold out.

Now Makigami and co. are preparing a live album of the ensemble and taking pre-order.

The album is selected from the recordings of the tour. Unfortunately the albums of Chirgilchin are now hard to find and there's a huge demand of the recordings, so Makigami's effort is trying to fill the gap.

You can place pre-order through the following form.

Chirgilchin Japan Tour 2022 live CD pre-order - HIKASHU music store

Find troubling? Comment here, or use the contact form of the right bar, so we can help you safely placing the order.

The forthcoming album is scheduled to be shipped around mid-December 2022.

The tour was covered by various newspapers. This is an article by Nikkei, which is a major economic paper, equivalent to the Finantial Times from the UK. (Actually Nikkei now owns FT.)

Chirgilchin at Granship Hall, Shizuoka

Chirgilchin in Kamakura

Oct 1, 2022

Makigami Koichi organizes the Tuvan Khoomei Ensemble "Chirgilchin" Japan Tour October 2022

In October 2022, Chirgilchin, an influential throat-singing group from Tuva, tours Japan. The tour is organized by Makigami Koichi.

The dates are:

October 7 - Shinmai Media Garden, Matsumoto, Nagano
October 8 - Shinmai Media Garden, Matsumoto, Nagano (sold out)
October 9 - Granship Hall, Shizuoka, Shizuoka
October 10 - Haremame, Daikanyama, Tokyo (sold out)
October 11 - Haremame, Daikanyama, Tokyo (sold out)
October 14 - Mojo, Tokorozawa, Saitama (sold out)
October 15 - Kiunkaku, Atami, Shizuoka
October 16 - Jochiji, Kamakura, Kanagawa

(October 5 update - Oct 10 is sold out, and Oct 11 is newly added.)
(October 7 update - Oct 8, 11 and 14 are also sold out.)

Chirgilchin, meaning "dance of the air in the heat of the day" or "miracle" in Tuvan, is a group of Tuvan musicians performing traditional Tuvan music. It was established in 1996.

Currently, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created barriers not only to economic but also to various cultural exchanges.
Tuva is no exception.
Music is the greatest thing that can affect the human mind.
We can communicate with each other, even if there is a difference between countries and languages.
Friends in Russia and Ukraine, without discrimination, will always be friends.
With Khoomei, which seems to be pouring down from the heavens,
We can seek for peace from the very root of our being.

Makigami Koichi

Go see them if you have any slightest interest in it. This is a very precious opportunity for all of us. Chirgilchin is one of the top of the field, and considering the current situation, seeing them perform in Japan is itself a miracle. So go see them and experience the great tradition from Siberia. 

The most recommended date is the Shizuoka Granship concert on October 9 because of its nice acoustics.

The details of each date are as follows:

October 7&8, 2022 
"Festa Matsumoto"
@ Shinmai Media Garden
Matsumoto, Nagano
October 7 - start 19:00, 5,000yen (as a part of an act) info
October 8 - start 13:00, adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500yen info

Shinmai Media Garden, Matsumoto, Nagano  

October 9, 2022
@ Granship Hall
Shizuoka, Shizuoka
MC: Makigami Koichi
open 14:30 - start 15:00 
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Granship Hall, Shizuoka, Shizuoka  

October 10&11, 2022 
(update: Oct 10 is sold out, and 11 is additional date)
@ Haremame (Haretara Sora Ni Mame Maite)
Daikanyama, Tokyo 
special guest: OLAibi MC: Makigami Koichi 
open 18:30 - start 19:30 
adv 5,000 yen - at door 5,500 yen

Haremame (Haretara Sora Ni Mame Maite), Daikanyama, Tokyo  

October 14, 2022 
@ Mojo 
Tokorozawa, Saitama
support: KAMOSU MC: Makigami Koichi 
open 18:30 - start 19:00 
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Mojo, Tokorozawa, Saitama  

October 15, 2022 
@ Kiunkaku 
Atami, Shizuoka 
open 18:00 - start 18:30 
adv 3,500 yen

Kiunkaku, Atami, Shizuoka  

October 16 
@ Jochiji
Kamakura, Kanagawa 
open 14:00 - start 15:00
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen 

Jochiji, Kamakura, Kanagawa

Jul 29, 2022

Makigami Koichi sings "Kabakov's Dream" in Niigata on July 30, 2022

On July 30, Makigami Koichi will tackle with the works of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov in a live setting.

Kabakovs are Russian-American conceputual artists originally from Ukrainian region of Soviet Union, now a US residents.

Throughout his forty-year plus career, Kabakov has produced a wide range of paintings, drawings, installations, and theoretical texts—not to mention extensive memoirs that track his life from his childhood to the early 1980s. In recent years, he has created installations that evoked the visual culture of the Soviet Union, though this theme has never been the exclusive focus of his work.

Ilya Kabakov - wikipedia

In 2000, Makigami came to know about Kavakov's work for the first time and has been inspired from their work since then.

This time, with a special setting located in Niigata, a perfecture of Chubu region of the mainland Japan, Makigami and his band Hikashu, with additional members, will perform some songs based on the texts of Kavakov's work.

"When I see Kavakov's work, I can hear some imaginary music through the gaps in the accompanied texts from the installations.
Here I try to discover an imaginary called Kavakov's Dream in this occasion.
With something in my back - maybe wings of angels, or a box of light."

Makigami Koichi

The members are:
Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shimizu Kazuto (piano, keyboards), Sato Masaharu (drums)
Koketsu Masayo (alto saxophone), Ito Chieko (dance), Nakayama Akiko (live painting)

Also, on July 31, there are a workshop for voice and mouthharp (11:00 start) and solo performance (15:00 start) of Makigami at the same venue.

Remember, this is a special evening with special program. So do not miss it.

July 30, 2022
"Makigami Koichi sings Kavakov's Dream"
@ Matsudai Nobutai
Tookamachi, Niigata
open 17:30 start 18:00
adv 1,500 yen - at door 2,000 yen (children 800 yen)
Information in English - Tokamachi City Association for Tourism

Matsudai Nobutai, Niigata