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Bio

Paul Kikuchi is a musician, activist, and educator whose work is informed by highly diverse influences - from his roots as a rock drummer to his experience as a Feldenkrais practitioner - as well as his research into Japanese-American history in the Pacific Northwest. His interdisciplinary work seeks to generate reflection and dialogue, especially in the context of history, community, and identity.  

Paul is a music faculty member at South Seattle College, and serves as board vice president at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA.

 

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Picture Miles Davis floating somewhere out past the rings of Saturn.
— Seattle Times
A Morricone showdown in a John Cage rock garden.
— Paris Transatlantic
His music is somewhere between natural and deliberate, between wind chimes and the strict order of a composition...
— The Stranger

Selected Awards and Residencies

2018
smART Ventures Grant • Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle
Artist in Residence • Densho

2017
Individual Artist Project Recipient • 4Culture

2015
Gerald Oshita Memorial Fellow and residency recipient • Djerassi Resident Artist Program
Historic Sites Specific • 4Culture, Seattle, WA (Songs of Nihonmachi)

2014
City Artist Grant • Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle (Bat of No Bird Island)
Creative Artist Fellowship • Japan - U.S. Friendship Commission, NEA (Bat of No Bird Island)

2013   
Arts Innovator Award Finalist • Washington Artist Trust
Artist in Residence • Grand Canyon National Park
Art Projects Award • 4Culture (Autonomic Series)
Artist Support Grant • Jack Straw Foundation (Bat of No Bird Island)

2012     
City Artist Grant • Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle (Bat of No Bird Island)
New Jazz Works Award • Chamber Music America (Bat of No Bird Island)

2011     
Artist in Residence • Union Station, Seattle, WA
Metlife Creative Connections Award • New Music USA
GAP Artist Support Grant • Washington Artist Trust
Excellence in Arts Education Award • West Sound Academy

2010     
Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards • Emerging Artist of the Year
City Artist Grant • Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle (Site-specific works)
Individual Artist Project Recipient • 4Culture (Site-Specific works)

2009     
Fellowship Recipient • Washington Artist Trust
Composition Residency Recipient • Montalvo Arts Center 

2008     
GAP Artist Support Grant • Washington Artist Trust
French American Jazz Exchange Grant • Chamber Music America
Artist Support Grant • Jack Straw Foundation

Articles and Interviews