Harboured Sounds


Ichi says

My goals for my music are to create something totally unusual and unique that is not just music but an artform, and one which is universal that can be equally enjoyed by all cultures and ages. And I want to continue to travel as much as possible with my music. 

Harboured Sounds was really enjoyable. I liked playing by the water and the atmosphere from the boat yard. I’m so used to playing indoors, it was freeing to perform outside in this place. I often go to the Harbour when I’m not feeling well and it makes me feel better. I get inspiration from water and the sounds of water for my music. Harboured Sounds is a great idea for Bristol to show the strong image of the Harbour with the brilliant diverse music of Bristol Ichi

ICHI from Japan takes the notion of one-man-band to new limits combining handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, tape-loops & more. Having toured extensively as a solo artist in Japan, the UK and Europe, playing at many festivals including Glastonbury Festival (where he received a standing ovation), ICHI has been steadily building a strong and loyal fan-base, and it is unsurprising many notable characters have shown an interest in him, both as recording artist and live performer. Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music has given him plenty of airing on BBC introducing, the Cargo Sessions have filmed a series of videos of him playing in Paris, and Deerhoof invited him to play with them in New York at their event The Wordless Music Series. In Japan he has shared the stage with Shugo Tokumaru, Tennis Coats and Asa-Chang & Junray among many others, and has had an animation made based on his character for NHK (BBC equivalent), as well as recently making TV appearances on NHK.

As well as a musician ICHI is a practicing and exhibiting artist and film-maker, and is usually seen with a cine camera in his hand, or his hands rooting through Bristol skips for materials for his musical and sculptural inventions, or his hands in the earth. Last summer he made a human sized interactive earth xylophone at Bristol`s Forage Festival organized by Qu Junktions. This May he exhibited for his 5th time in Japan with a sculptural tower of found objects and a hand-sculpted society of bizarre men from off cuts of shoe rubber. This June he has been exhibiting with fellow musicians-come-artists such as Francois Marry (Francois and the Atlas Mountains – Domino), Alessi`s Ark (Bella Union), Kate Stables (This is The Kit – Brasslands) and Rachael Dadd (Broken Sound), for the show `D.I.Y Is All You Need` at Utrophia in South London.

ICHI has released his music on Japanese Indy label Coup and has two self-releases under his ambient side-project named Flyhoop. These are analogue site-specific live recordings with a changing roster of collaborators, and when performed live it is to a backdrop of his cine film. He is also a long-standing member of the much celebrated Nagoya newwave band Nohshintoh.

ICHI from Japan takes the notion of one-man-band to new limits combining handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, tape-loops, xylophone, and trumpet. With an ancient, ritualistic air, he’s like the misplaced leader of a tribe and perhaps he will be – it’s this kind of energy and innovation which inspires a cult following.

It`s so playful and unusual you feel you’re witnessing something entirely new. Fun, danceable, exciting, his performances combine the raucous energy of African street music, the pastoral reflectiveness of goat-herders, and the humour of monty python, and are driven with energy, quirkiness, and his playful manipulation of the mundane.

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