Art & Design

Voices from the Japanese Avant-garde Music Scene: Talk and Performance by Musician and Vocalist Koichi Makigami

3 December 2016, London

Koichi Makigami is an internationally acclaimed musician and avant-garde vocalist with a very distinct voice. Also the leader and vocalist of the now legendary band Hikashu, Makigami regularly performs and records solo vocal experiments, combining elements of Japanese theatre traditions and presenting an exciting and energetic array of vocal acrobatics and personalities. Makigami’s compositions and improvisations have gained him numerous fans around the world and have inspired collaborations both within and beyond the field of music.


A musician with a colourful and eclectic career, Makigami will talk about his inspirations, the basis of his work and his career as a solo artist as well as the leader of Hikashu, while reflecting on Tokyo’s underground music scene in the late 70s through to today.


Joined in conversation by Dr Alan Cummings, music journalist and lecturer at SOAS, Makigami will talk about his international collaborations, discussing the potential of these practices and suggesting how music can be a connecting force between different cultures and disciplines.


During the event, there will be a short performance by Koichi Makigami.




This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:

3 December 2016, 7pm
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD (Nearest tube station: Russell Square)


The Japan Foundation