For those of you who don`t know ICHI is my husband, a musician from Japan. He accompanies me on steel pan at shows and he is a very celebrated solo musician taking the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, tape-loops, xylophone, double bass and trumpet, all in the space of one short set, and as described by venue magazine "It`s the kind of idiosyncrasy that cult fan-bases are built on, and you can`t help but feel it could`t have come from anywhere but the land of the rising sun".
drawing by Betsy Dadd
King`s Place (where ICHI will accompany me this friday the 22nd June)
ICHI now resides with me in Bristol once more, armed with his visa, his suitcase of musical inventions and his english study books. He has already been back playing a few memorable shows since arriving and will continue to entertain in his totally unique ways. Here are a few photos of his show from No Direction Home Festival last weekend. READ REVIEW HERE
ICHI at No Direction Home Festival
You can catch him playing at Bristol`s Cube Microplex on the 13th July with Emperor X or at the Louisiana with OLO Worms on the 10th August. If you`d like to book him for any shows please contact email@example.com
I have been busy making him exist to his full potential on the world wide web, so you can go and say hello, watch films, and listen to his musical archive (he is very involved in the Nagoya underground scene and has other side projects - Flyhoop (ambient improvisation) and his newwave band Noshintoh)
And here`s a better taster of what you might see live. Hopefully see you at a show soon x