ICHI

ICHI takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his handmade inventions – stilt-bass, kalilaphone, hatbox-pedal-drum, skip-xylophone and tapumpet – with steel-drum, toys and everyday objects.

Hailing from Nagoya’s underground scene, ICHI takes inspiration for his art from far and wide – a melting-pot of punk, reggae and dub, Henri Salvador, tribal music and old scratchy 78s. He has been championed by the likes of David Byrne and Deerhoof, who invited him to play with them in New York, Japan and the UK. In Japan he has performed alongside such artists as Asa-Chang and Junray, Shugo Tokumaru and Tenniscoats and has even seen an animated TV series based on his character.