ICHI, from Nagoya in Japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions (Stilt-bass, Kalilaphone, Balloon-pipes, Hatbox-pedal-drum, Tapumpet, Percussion-shoes & Hattrick-hat) with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, typewriter, toys & everyday objects all in the space of one short set. Somehow there’s an ancient, ritualistic feel to his performances – he’s like the misplaced leader of a tribe. To see ICHI live is to witness something so playful and unusual you know that you’re experiencing something entirely new. It`s fun, it`s danceable, it`s exciting.
With his simple concepts and playful presentation ICHI has universal appeal and tours extensively as a solo artist in Japan, the UK, Europe, and further afield. He has played at many festivals worldwide including END OF THE ROAD, LATITUDE, GLASTONBURY, GREENMAN, WILDERNESS, BOOMTOWN, FARM FEST, IN THE WOODS, GREAT ESCAPE, LATE AT THE TATE, REMIX, CAMP BESTIVAL, FUSION (Berlin), CLOCKENFRAPP (Honkong), WOODFORD (Australia), WORDLESS MUSIC FESTIVAL (New York), and MANDSTOCK (Italy).