Makigami Koichi is leader/vocalist/theremin/mouth harp player for rock band HIKASHU, known for his virtuosic vocal range and expression as well as his unique incorporation of elements of theatre, performance, and entertainment, all of which make this Japanese band so widely acclaimed both critically and popularly.
He is also active as voice improvisation artist and solo performer. In addition
to recordings with HIKASHU, Makigami released a solo album in 1992 of re-worked,
reinterpreted old Japanese popular songs, produced by John Zorn. Together with this recorded work, he has conducted a series of concerts under this project.
From 1993, Makigami has been acting as organiser and promptor for the monthly Tokyo session of John Zorn's game piece COBRA.
Makigami has worked and collaborated with a great many artists and musicians in a wide variety of areas and styles, such as Takahashi Yuji, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Otomo Yoshihide, David Moss, Lauren Newton, Anthony Coleman,Umezu Kazutoki, Carl Stone, Jon Rose, Guy Klucevsek, and Derek Bailey. Ongoing projects include his aforementioned unique avant-pop based on old popular Japanese music, performance using interactive computer technology, voice improvisation, and various work as organiser and producer.
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