Jun 19, 2014

John Zorn's Cobra Tokyo Operation on July 20, 2014

John Zorn's Cobra is back to Tokyo.

John Zorn's Cobra Tokyo Operation
Intensive Summer Unit

Isobe Maiko - violin
Kita Yoichiro - trumpet
Keitaimo - bass
Sakamoto Hiromichi - cello
Sachi (Harineko) - vocal, keyboard
Takayashi Yasuyuki - trombone
Tabata Mitsuru - guitar
Togashi Hiroki - drums
Nakamura Hitomi - hichiriki
Janmah Shimamura - guitar

Makigami Koichi - prompter

July 20, 2014
John Zorn's Cobra Tokyo Operation
Intensive Summer Unit
@ La Mama
Shibuya, Tokyo
open 18:30 - start 19:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen
(one drink order minimum)

tickets available at LaMama boxoffice, eplus, and lawson ticket
La Mama Shibuya - Time Out Tokyo

LaMama, Shibuya, Tokyo

Jun 16, 2014

Gigs in July 2014

Besides Fuji Rock Festival, Hikashu has two gigs in Tokyo next month. One is at Moonromantic in Aoyama on July 1 with guest Mori Ikue, and the other is at Star Pine's Cafe in Kichijoji on July 16.

For the Aoyama gig, there is other act, a band called Aragehonzi. Their style is interesting - western pop blended with traditional festive music of Japan.

Aragehonzi - Tokyo Native Time

And regarding the Star Pine's gig, Hikashu is a sole act, playing over two hours. A full length show for the first time since February. Recommended.

July 1, 2014
"Hikashu with Mori Ikue"
@ Moonromantic
Aoyama, Tokyo
other act: Aragehonzi
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 2,500 yen - at door 3,000 yen

Moonromantic website

Moonromantic, Aoyama, Tokyo

July 16, 2014
"Hikashu's Summer 2014"
@ 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

Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo

Jun 15, 2014

Line-up of the Concert Series at the Stone NYC This Fall

As we've notified before, the Stone in New York City holds a weekly residence of Makigami Koichi this fall, and line-up of the event is just revealed at the venue's site.


OCT 28—NOV 2

10/28 Tuesday

8 pm
Makigami Koichi (voice) Peter Evans (trumpet)

10 pm
Makigami Koichi (voice, khomus) Bolot Bairyshev (altai epic, khomus) Cyro Baptista (percussion)

10/29 Wednesday

8 pm
Kuroyagi Shiroyagi
Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin) Sakaide Masami (bass) Sato Masaharu (drums) Erik Friedlander (cello)

10 pm
Koroshi no blues Japanese old pop songs
Makigami Koichi (vocal) Mita Freeman (guitar) Sakaide Masami (bass) Shimizu Kazuto (piano, bass-clarinet) Sato Masaharu (drums)

10/30 Thursday

8 pm
Tokyo Taiga project
Bolot Bairyshev (throat singing) Sato Masaharu (percussion) Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin) Ned Rothenberg (sax)

10 pm
Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet) Mita Freeman (guitar) Sakaide Masami (bass) Shimizu Kazuto (piano, bass-clarinet) Sato Masaharu(drums)

10/31 Friday

8 pm
John Zorn (sax) Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin) Cyro Baptista (percussion) and many special guests
Come on down to our special improv party! These are the nights that raise the money to pay our expenses so come on down IN COSTUME and join our East Village rent party! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

10 pm
HIKASHU with guests
Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet) Mita Freeman (guitar) Sakaide Masami (bass) Shimizu Kazuto (piano, bass-clarinet) Sato Masaharu(drums) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Marc Ribot (guitar)

11/1 Saturday (DDT)

8 pm
Improv Trio
Sakaide Masami (bass) Randy Peterson (drums) Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin)

10 pm
Mita Freeman, Shimizu Kazuto, Kevin Norton, Makigami Koichi
Mita Freeman (guitar) Shimizu Kazuto (piano, bass-clarinet) Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin) Kevin Norton (vibes, percussion)

11/2 Sunday (DDT)

8 pm
Agra Darma
Ikue Mori (electronics) Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

10 pm
Makigami Koichi
Makigami Koichi (solo voice)

To put it mildly, this is utterly exciting. Don't miss it.

The Stone - calendar

Jun 12, 2014

Jazz Art Sengawa 2014

Jazz Art Sengawa, one of the most celebrated events for jazz and improvisation in Japan, is held on September 5-7 this year. The venue is Sengawa Theatre at Chofu, Tokyo. Its producers are Makigami Koichi, Sakamoto Hiromichi, and Fujiwara Kiyoto.

September 5, Friday

Art Parade

Opening Ceremony

An Evening of Improvised Music

September 6, Saturday


Ito Kimu (voice, dance)
Honaga Yoko (dance)
Sugadairo (piano)
Yamamoto Tatsuhisa (drums, electronics)
Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello, musicalsaw, electronics)

directed by Sakamoto Hiromichi


Senwara with Uchihashi Kazuhisa
Senwara - Rully Shabara (vocals), Wukir Suryadi (bambuwukir, bamboo flute)
Uchihashi Kazuhisa (guitar, daxophone)

Hikashu with Oki Itaru
Hikashu - Makigami Koichi (vocal, cornet, theremin), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shimizu Kazuto (piano, synthesizer, bass clarinet), Sato Masaharu (drums)
Oki Itaru (trumpet)

directed by Makigami Koichi


Sakata Akira (saxophone)
Andrea Centazzo (drums, percussion)
Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass)

directed by Fujiwara Kiyoto

September 7, Sunday


Hirata Yasuko (vocal)
Takenaka Shunji (guitar)
Ishii Akira (piano)
Yamasaki Hiroshi (drums)
Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass)
Soon kim (saxophone)
Kodo Kenkyukai (taiko drums)
Ino Nobuyoshi (bass)
Endo Sada (bass)
Kato Hisashi (bass)

directed by Fujiwara Kiyoto


Yanagiya Koharu (vocal, shamisen)
Pearl Alexander (bass)
Makigami Koichi (voice, theremin)

R.U.B. - Ned Rothenberg (saxophone, shakuhachi), Samm Bennett (drums, percussion), Uchihashi Kazuhisa (guitar, daxophone)

directed by Makigami Koichi


Tomokawa Kazuki (vocal, guitar)
Yamamoto Seiichi (electric guitar)
Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello, musicalsaw, electronics)

Pet Bottle Ningen - Dave Scanlon (guitar), Yoshida Nonoko (saxophone), Dave Miller (drums)

directed by Sakamoto Hiromichi

Jazz Art Sengawa on YouTube

September 6-7, 2014
Jazz Art Sengawa
@ Sengawa Gekijo
Chofu, Tokyo

Sengawa Gekijo (Theatre), Chofu, Tokyo

Jun 6, 2014

The Russia Siberia Tour 2014 photo gallery

The tour has ended. The band has completed all the gigs as scheduled and now heading home.

The following photographs from the tour is provided by the band via SNS.

Gorno-Altaisk, the capitol of Altai Republic, was flooded. But the city is as usual. (May 30)

The sky of Ost-Kan was clear. (May 31)

Sato prepared a special set for the Ost-Kan gig. (June 1)

 The band visited a ranch. (June 2)

The Moscow 24 station introduces Hikashu and their gig at DOM.

From their site:
Есть уникальная японская группа "Хикасю", которая раз в год - полтора едет в тур через всю Россию, начиная с Дальнего Востока, в Москву и Петербург. Их очередной московский концерт состоится уже 4 июня.

There is a unique Japanese band "Hikashu" now on tour across Russia, starting from the Far East to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Their next concert in Moscow is on June 4.