Feb 3, 2018

"Hikashu's Spring 2018" @ Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on March 22




Hikashu's next appearance in Tokyo will be held on March 22 at the band's regular venue, Star Pine's Cafe of Kichijoji.


March 22, 2018
"Hikashu's Spring 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

Jan 31, 2018

Makigami Koichi Chokayo Night @ Star Pine's Cafe Kichijoji Tokyo Feb 2




Makigami Koichi will perform a solo concert on February 2 at Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo. It's billed as "Chokayo Night".

Chokayo is Makigami's solo project for doing popular (and some obscure) Japanese songbook. It's one of his regular activities started in early 1980s and has continued to this day with different musicians. The personnel for the gig is:

Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet)
Uchihashi Kazuhisa (guitar, daxophone)
Shika Udai (cello)
Sato Masaharu (drums)

Quite tempting and interesting. Do not miss this opportunity.


February 2, 2018
"Makigami Koichi Chokayo Night"
@ 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

Hikashu Spring Tour 2018 March 7-12




In March, Hikashu will tour middle and west regions of the mainland for promoting their latest album, Anguri. The dates are as follows:


March 7 - Freakyshow, Shizuoka
March 8 - Tokuzo, Nagoya
March 11 - Rag, Kyoto
March 12 - Conpass, Osaka



March 7, 2018
@ Freakyshow
Shizuoka
open 19:00 - start 19:30
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Freakyshow, Shizuoka



March 8, 2018
@ Tokuzo
Nagoya
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Tokuzo, Nagoya



March 11, 2018
@ Rag
Kyoto
open 18:00 - start 19:00
adv 4,000 yen - at door 4,500 yen

Rag, Kyoto



March 12, 2018
@ Conpass
Osaka
open 18:00 - start 19:00
adv 4,500 yen
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Conpass, Osaka


Dec 31, 2017

The first gig of 2018



Hikashu's first gig of 2018 will be held at Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on January 25. It's also Makigami's birthday.


January 25, 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

Nov 21, 2017

Hikashu Cinematic Christmas Concert 2017



Since 2008, Hikashu has been holding a special concert in December at Unit, a live venue of Daikanyama, Tokyo. This year it marks its 10th anniversary, and the band prepares the special program for the event.

This year's theme is film music, and Hikashu will play a series of famous compositions with various guests, plus the selections of their latest album, Anguri. It's going to be a memorable evening.

Inoyama Land is an ambient music duo consisted of Yamashita Yasushi and Inoue Makoto, both are the founding members of Hikashu. Actually their partnership predates the band, started in 1977, and they have been together since then.

No Lie-Sense is a duo of Suzuki Keiichi and Kera, both are the iconic figures of Japanese new wave movement. The unit started in 2013 and released two albums to date. It was named because they happened to have no driver's license.

Marianne Shinonome is a vocalist and keyboard player, currently leads her own band called Kinoco Hotel. She collaborated with Hikashu at many occasions, most recently she joined a Tokyo concert of Godzilla Legend in last September.

Kaiso Shimai, "the Seaweed Sisters," is a group of three instrumentalists. Although quite young, all the members has been classically trained at conservatoire, and known for its technical proficiency at arrangement and performance.

cast:

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

Inoyama Land
Yamashita Yasushi (synthesizer), Inoue Makoto (synthesizer)

No Lie-Sense
Suzuki Keiichi (vocal, guitar), Kera (vocal)

Marianne Shinonome (vocal)

Kaiso Shimai (The Seaweed Sisters)
Wakame (saxophone), Kombu (saxophone), Mekabu (piano)







December 22, 2017
"Hikashu's Cinematic Christmas"
@ Unit
Daikanyama, Tokyo
open 17:30 - start 18:30
5,000 yen
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Unit, Daikanyama, Tokyo

Nov 11, 2017

Hikashu - Hirasawa Susumu 2016 live album soon released on the net




It's just announced that a live album of Hikashu's christmas concert last year will be released through online distribution.

The sold-out gig had many guests including Hirasawa Susumu on vocals and guitar. He sung some Hikashu numbers and Makigami did the same with Hirasawa's songs. The audience went wild and there is a huge demand for the recording. Now it looks like the demand be fulfilled.

Currently the details for the release, like the date and the method (download or stream), are still unknown. What is certain is that it contains Hikashu/Hirasawa's collaboration and it was recorded in extreme high resolution, hence no physical release - simply it couldn't fit into disc.

In fact, the concert was documented with sixteen Korg MR-2000S recorders. So it's quite an audiophile recording.

And the album is tentatively called "Zekkei," which means "magnificent scenery." We'll let you know when the details go public.

Oct 24, 2017

Hikashu - Anguri in the Style of Unlanding (2017)




Hikashu - Anguri in the Style of Unlanding

1. Anguri / Anguri
2. Doremo Ga Seikai / All are correct
3. Shikou no Moso / Suprematism
4. Narisumashite Soro / Solemn Pretender
5. Tsubuyaku Kai / Selfish Shellfish
6. Iine / I Like It
7. Tomei Sugiruyo / Too Transparent
8. Ryokai Desu / Roger That
9. Zenhoui Ayashige / Omni Suspicion
10. Mamonaku Tengoku / It will be heaven soon
11. Aisenaiyo, Sonnanja / You cannot be in love, I guess
12. Chakuriku Shinaikei / In the Style of Unlanding
13. Iishitumon Desune! / Good Question!

Words by Makigami
Music by Makigami (3), Mita (6, 11, 13), Sakaide (1, 8), Sato (7), Hikashu (2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12)

Hikashu:
Makigami Koichi - vocal, theremin, cornet, shakuhachi, mouth harp
Mita Freeman - guitar
Sakaide Masami - bass
Shimizu Kazuto - piano, synthesizer, bass-clarinet
Sato Masaharu - drums

additional musicians:
Mori Ikue - laptop on 3, 8, 13
Chris Pitsiokos - alto saxophone on 9, 10, 12
Fubuki Yukie - vocal on 6, 9
Afrirampo - vocal on 9
Inoue Makoto - synthesizer on 8, 9, 10, 12

Produced by Makigami Koichi
Recorded by Mark Urselli at Eastside Sound NYC on May 1-2, 2017
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk NYC

Released on October 10, 2017


In May this year, Hikashu had been in New York City. The band came to the town in order to take part in a concert and studio recording of Godzilla Legend, the solo project of ex-member Inoue Makoto. The next day after the concert at Japan Society, both group went into Eastside Sound, Hikashu's favorite studio, and recorded two albums. One is "Godzilla Legend V" which was released in September, and the other is Anguri, the 23rd album of Hikashu.

Anguri is not "angry," mind you, but a Japanese word describing "mouth-opened by surprise." You can see all the members doing "anguri" on the back cover of the album. In Japanese it's simply called Anguri, but the full English title is "Anguri in the Style of Unlanding."

The album has 13 tracks, seven of which are compositions, and the rest are improvised. As the title suggests, it's full of surprise, of course positively. All the songs are newly written especially for the album.

"Suprematism" is inspired by Black Square, painting by Kazimir Malevich. The band witnessed the iconic work during a Russian tour. There is also a refenence to White on White, another piece by the same author, the different title used for the song though.

"I Like It" is a mid-tempo song with humorous lyrics. It sounds quite relaxed as it could be described even as pastoral. Besides handclapping and female backing vocals, provided by Fubuki Yukie, a stage actress and singer, it has some cowbells which it's used to be in the possession of Blue Oyster Cult, so the band was told. Maybe this is the same one used for "(Don't Fear) the Reaper."



There is a person who always give promptly affirmative answer to any incoming email, hardly bother whatever it says. That habit comes to fruit as "Roger That."

The album closes with magnificient "Good Question!" which is based on Makigami's day-to-day interaction with smartphone AI.

Regarding improvised tracks, Chris Pitsiokos, a bright young saxophonist from NY downtown scene, and Inoue Makoto are contributed as guests.

The cover illustration, with impressive piercing eyes, is done by Kondo Akino, a Japanese artist who currently resides in NYC. There is also another piece on the liner notes. 

The album is available worldwide via HMV Japan.





1. Anguri
words - makigami, music - sakaide

Knocking on an obscure gate
To look for extraordinariness
Cartograph of pain

Being frugal and breathless
How long could this be
Or is this deep into the night

A series of crying
Located in the end of vocal chord
The pure land
Sprint of Buddha

Walking while the shoestrings remain untied
The sky is leaning
Clearing a puddle


3. Suprematism
words and music - makigami

What is it
What is it
There are some crackings on the black square

What is it
What is it
The absolute blackness of delibate darkness
gradually peeled itself off

Black Square
Black Square
Black Square
Black Square

What is it
What is it
There are some dullness on the white square

What is it
What is it
The light beamed from outside echoed on the daydreaming eye

White Square
White Square
White Square
White Square


6. I Like It
words - makigami, music - mita

I like it, I like it

Considering every situation
Considering every situation
Considering every situation

I like it, I like it

Driven by every sentiment
Driven by every sentiment
Driven by every sentiment

I like it, I like it

Loving the nice way
Loving the nice way
Loving the nice way

I like it, I like it

Being full of distorted function
Being full of distorted function
Being full of distorted function

I like it, I like it

Travelling with crooked eyes
Travelling with crooked eyes
Travelling with crooked eyes


7. Too transparent
words - makigami, music - sato

Making a bloody promise
with flaming heart
Ambushing quietly
Waiting for an encounter

Who are you
Too transparent
Who are you
Too transparent

Incitement sans tension
Decision sans mind
How come you leave a ring
Due to the relentless untoward events

Who are you
Too transparent
Who are you
Too transparent

Tacit knowledge
Eternal silence
Hanging foolishly
Soaked in shame

Who are you
Too transparent
Who are you
Too transparent


8. Roger That
words - makigami, music - sakaide

What town we are reaching for
(Roger that)
If we remain travelling like this
(Roger that)

Lives matter above all
Lives matter above all

Whatever happens
(Roger that)
Probably there are some dissents
(Roger that)