High-voltage rockers, Hikashu, hit the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage in their Canadian premiere!
Hikashu combines rock, power pop and jazz, taking listeners on wildly sophisticated musical journeys. Improvising and experimenting with relentless punk-rock energy, this quintet covers musical territory from progressive rock to techno pop. Led by super-vocalist, Koichi Makigami the Japanese band’s innovative approach to improvisation and instrumentation has had a profound impact internationally and earned them followers around the globe.
Hikashu was one of the key bands to emerge from Japan’s New Wave of the late 1970s. Hikashu has followed a path from techno (before the Yellow Magic Orchestra) to noise/sampler improvisation (before Ground Zero) to jazz, folk and beyond. Hikashu has been anticipating trends and charting new paths for more than thirty years.
Today, Hikashu’s line-up consists of Makigami (vocals, theremin, cornet, shakuhachi), Freeman Mita(guitar, sampler), Masami Sakaide (bass, electronics), Kazuto Shimizu (piano, synthesizer, bass-clarinet) and MassaSato (drums, vocals). Their fifteenth and most recent album, Uragoe, was released in April 2012. According to Eyal Hareuveni in all about jazz: “Uragoe is a wild ride . . . the joy is guaranteed.”
See below for video of Hikashu in concert.
This concert is produced by A B Series in partnership with the National Arts Centre and Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville.