Bat of No Bird Island, 2013

For string trio, trombone, guitar, percussion, and 78rpm records

A song-cycle and multi-media website inspired by the memoir and 78rpm record collection of Zenkichi Kikuchi.  

Premier Performance

November 2, 2013, Earshot Jazz Festival.
Photos by Bruce Clayton Tom

He has a compositional instinct for creating startling rhythmic events that push and pull you through the album and leaves an impression that you are dealing with at once an intellectual and raw art form.
— Pike to the Hill


10" vinyl, CD, streaming, and digital download


Sounds, historic images, and memoir excerpts of Zenkichi Kikuchi. 

Bat of No Bird Island trailer


Download the full Bat of No Bird Island concert program here
Read Chamber Music America's interview with Paul about Bat of No Bird Island here

Bat of No Bird Island has been made possible with support from The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Chamber Music America’s 2012 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation