Oct 21, 2012

Photo Galleries of the Moscow and Vilnius concerts

Hikashu at Vilnius Jazz Festival 2012

Now all the overseas dates of the tour have been finished and the members have returned to Japan. No word from the band yet, but it's likely fruitful and gratifying overall.

There's some photo galleries from the tour on the net.

October 10, 2012 @ DOM, Moscow, Russia

kostroma-open.info (google translate)
Original Russian is here.

October 12, 2012 @ Vilnius Jazz Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania

www.alfa.lt (google translate)
Original Lithuanian is here.

Komame.lt, a Lithuanian art news site, observed Hikashu as "looked much younger and happier than young virtuosos from the EU." (article via google translate)

After returning to Japan, the band has done two consecutive dates in Aichi and Hamamatsu respectively, then the entire tour has finally completed. Their next appearance is in-store event at Tower Record Shibuya, Tokyo on October 25. For details, see the related entry.

Related entry:
In-store Event at Tower Records Shibuya

Oct 15, 2012

Heading for Sankt Peterburg

Hikashu at Russian Drama Theatre, Vilnius.

Now Hikashu has completed the first half of the overseas tour. Via twitter, the members expressed their sentiments while on road, and evidently quite enjoyed themselves. They said the audiences in Moscow and Vilnius were very enthusiastic and gratitude for that. Sightseeing and local dishes were fantastic as well.

Hikashu drummer Sato Masaharu, and the Fuwa Works leader Fuwa Daisuke in Vilnius.

After dropping by JZ microphone in Raga, Latvia, the band returns to Russia, this time Sankt Peterburg. They will perform at Jaggerclub on October 16, and at The International APOSITSIA Music Forum on October 18. Do not miss if you were nearby.

Jaggerclub website

The International APOSITSIA Music Forum website
Apositsia Festival at MANEGE small hall, St. Petersburg, Griboedova 103

Oct 14, 2012

Selected Media Articles

Want to know more about Hikashu? Just for your reference, here's a selective collection of hyperlink to the articles about or related to the band, listed unchronologically. Hope this helps.

August 21, 2012
Hikashu: Uragoe (2012)
album review

April 5, 2012
Hikashu "Uragoe"
The Japan Times
album review

April 4, 2012
Hikashu: the interview - From techno-pop to throat singing: Koichi Makigami tells all
Time Out Tokyo
Very long and quite informative. Recommended.

August 25, 2011
Jazz Art Sengawa - Cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto and Japan’s avant-garde build a home of their own

July 12, 2010
Jazz Art Sengawa 2010

August 28th, 2009
Hikashu -
Enter the strange vocal world of Koichi Makigami at your own risk


November 2, 2007
Seigen Ono - The self-taught musician/producer gathered a stellar cast of New York musicians for Maria and Maria
A profile of Ono Seigen. Mr. Ono has mastered many recent releases of Hikashu.

Oct 9, 2012

Alexei Aigui in Tokyo

Alexei Aigui, a noted composer and violinist who has been active in Moscow and Paris, visited Tokyo earlier this year. He jammed with Hikashu at Moscow DOM in last September as a guest.

During his stay in Tokyo, he performed with Japanese musicians.

Playing with Japanese musicians at Waseda, Tokyo.

Alexei Aigui tried out an electric violin at a music shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Mr. Aigui will sit in with Hikashu again at DOM on October 10, 2012.

Hikashu visits JZ Microphones

On the way from Vilnius to Sankt Petersburg, Hikashu plans to pay a visit to the JZ Microphones factory in Riga, Latvia on October 14.

JZ's Black Hole microphone was used for main vocal at the Uragoe session in New York last year upon the recommendation of Marc Urselli, the engineer of the album. The band was quite impressed with the mic, got interested in the company, and decided to drop by there for themselves, making the fullest use of being nearby.

Currents: October 2012

Carmen Maki and her band at a double-bill gig with Hikashu at La Mama, Shibuya, Tokyo on September 9, 2012. From left to right, Sakaide Masami, Carmen Maki, Sato Masaharu, Ohta Keisuke, and Shimizu Kazuto. Photo: Ikeda Masaaki

The Year End's Concert

It's just announced that the annual year's end concert of Hikashu will be held on December 23 at Daikanyama Unit Tokyo this year. No details revealed yet but we can expect some guests just as before. Stay tuned.

In-store Event at Tower Records Shibuya

In late October, Hikashu will do a signing session and live performance as in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya, Tokyo. The band seldom do this kind of thing so do not miss it. The details will follow soon.

More reissues

The remastered edition of "Acchi No Me, Kocchi No Me" [Dazzling Eyes] will be released in December this year. Can't wait.

In-store Event at Tower Records Shibuya

On October 25, a signing session and live performance of Hikashu will be held at Tower Records Shibuya. Live performance is admission free, but be sure to get a ticket if you want to participate in signing session. To obtain the ticket, you have to buy one of the recent Hikashu releases distributed by Bridge, Inc. at Tower Records Store in Shibuya or Shinjuku (applied for purchases after October 5). For getting autographed, don't forget to bring the cd you got at Tower.

October 25, 2012
@ Tower Records Shibuya
Shibuya, Tokyo
(Lounge space at the ground floor)
start 20:00
admission free

Tower Records Shibuya, Tokyo

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