Paul Kikuchi is a musician, scholar, 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, and to give voice to marginalized communities and peoples.  

Paul teaches a wide variety of courses in the arts and humanities, serves as the board vice president at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA, and is the founder and artistic director of Prefecture Music, a small organization devoted to the the creation and understanding of contemporary music. He holds degrees in music from Bennington College (BFA) and Cal Arts (MFA), and has received funding and support from organizations such as the NEA, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Chamber Music America, among others.

 

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

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 Productions (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 Productions