“HILARIOUS AND BONKERS AND BRILLIANT” – LAUREN LAVERNE, BBC 6MUSIC
Three words that aptly describe the spellbinding performances of Bristol-based Japanese singer-songwriter, instrument-maker and performance artist ICHI. To say he’s unique is something of an understatement.
Taking inspiration for his art from far and wide – a melting-pot of punk, reggae and dub, Henri Salvador, tribal music and old scratchy 78s, and with his trusty sampler never far away, ICHI produces something totally idiosyncratic and entirely new. It’s fun and exciting. He takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits combining his handmade inventions with steel drums, toys and everyday objects all in the space of one brilliant set.
We commissioned ICHI to write and perform new music to a selection of classic Japanese animated short films from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Featuring some of the finest short anime films by pioneers such as Osamu Tezuka and Keiichi Tanaami, these psychedelic and offbeat films inspired a whole generation of Japanese animators. Expect to have your mind melted and your senses aroused in what will be a very memorable evening of live music and film.
As a precursor to the live scores, ICHI will perform a short set without visuals followed by a break.
This event is presented in partnership with The Japan Foundation.
The show premiered in Coventry last year - here’s a little taster to whet your appetite…
This performance contains flashing and other intense lighting, it may not be safe for those with epilepsy and other conditions with sensitivity to light. This piece contains sexually explicit imagery.