7:00 pm19:00

Artist Talk: AUTONOMIC

A sound and video installation
by Paul Kikuchi

July 8 - August 26, 2016

Opening reception: Friday, July 8, 7pm
Artist talk: Thursday, August 25, 7pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Open during evening events at Jack Straw

The music in AUTONOMIC is drawn from a series of compositions that explore breath awareness, intention, and perception, with a particular interest in the human experiential process of musical information transmitted through sound. This music evokes the diverse soundscapes of the world around us, and is visually reminiscent of slow moving forms in nature. In collaboration with videographer James Reeves, the music is paired with visuals inspired by the slowly evolving, multi-layered movements of clouds and water.

Songs of Nihonmachi event
6:00 pm18:00

Songs of Nihonmachi event

  • The Panama Hotel

Paul Kikuchi spins old Japanese 78s and informally discusses his new installation/performance work that pays homage to Seattle’s thriving pre-WW2 Japantown. Created with support from a 4Culture Historic Sites Specific grant. 

Songs of Nihonmachi - opening and premier
6:00 pm18:00

Songs of Nihonmachi - opening and premier

  • The Panama Hotel

Songs of Nihonmachi is a tribute to the thriving Japanese American community in Seattle’s Japantown prior to the World War II internment. The installation provides a listening station that allows visitors to play 78RPM records from the 1920’s and 1930’s, both from Japan and from the United States, that were likely being listened to in the Japanese American community at the time.

The opening night performance will feature a jazz trio with Kikuchi on drums, along with acclaimed Seattle musicians Ivan Arteaga (reeds) and Jeff Johnson (double bass). The ensemble blends jazz standards of the 1920’s and 1930’s with improvisations inspired by popular Japanese songs of the era.  The performance takes place at the historic Panama Hotel, in Seattle’s International District, which was a center of the city’s thriving Japanese community life until the disruption of forced resettlement during World War II.

Created with support from a 4Culture Historic Sites Specific grant.

Presented by Earshot Jazz and the Panama Hotel. 

Paul Kikuchi - drums and compositions
Ivan Arteaga - reeds
Jeff Johnson - Doublebass

RESONANCE: Site-specific video and new ensemble works
7:00 pm19:00

RESONANCE: Site-specific video and new ensemble works

  • International House of Japan

American composer, percussionist, and sound artist Paul Kikuchi presents his work in Tokyo for the first time.  Kikuchi is currently residing in Japan as a fellow of the Japan – US Friendship Commission Creative Artist Program. 

Kikuchi’s site – specific work utilizes unique sonic environments such as train tunnels, underground cisterns, and nuclear cooling towers.  He uses a variety of traditional and non-traditional instruments to explore and accentuate the unique acoustic properties of each space, letting the music unfold in response to his surroundings.  Using high quality video and audio recording Kikuchi captures his ephemeral performances, transporting viewers to these often remote and unusual sonic environments.   

Additionally, Kikuchi will premier a new composition for an ensemble comprised of Tokyo-based musicians, including:  

Hichiriki: Ms. Hitomi Nakamura
Sho: Ms. Remi Miura
Wagon: Ms. Kazue Tajima
Shakuhachi: Christopher Yohmei


Bat of No Bird Island website launch and album release event
12:00 pm12:00

Bat of No Bird Island website launch and album release event

  • Jack Straw Cultural Center

Seattle composer and percussionist Paul Kikuchi celebrates the multi-format release of his song cycle Bat of No Bird Island, inspired by the written memoir and 78RPM record collection of his great grandfather, Zenkichi Kikuchi.  For the release event at the Jack Straw Cultural Center, Kikuchi will be spinning ethnographic LPs from Asia and serving tea to his visitors.  Signed copies of the CD and vinyl will be available, as well as viewing of the new website. 

8:30 pm20:30

Paul Kikuchi Trio

  • Volunteer Park

Presented by the Seattle Art Museum
Followed by outdoor movie: Ozu's Floating Weeds 9:00PM
Paul Kikuchi - drums and composition
Bill Horist - prepared guitar
Matt Deason - bass

Aug 8

Jesse Olsen: Makings

  • The Chapel Performance Space

The Wayward Music Series presents:
Jesse Olsen: Makings