Bat of No Bird Island

by Paul Kikuchi

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Compact disc includes a 4 panel insert with photos and Zenkichi Kikuchi memoir excerpts.

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    Limited to 100 copies, this high quality 10 inch record features two songs from Bat of No Bird Island paired with the original versions of the songs (from Kikuchi's great grandfather's 78rpm record collection) that inspired the re-imaginations.

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Bat of No Bird Island blends the textured and fragile sonic landscapes of Japanese 78RPM records, static and feedback generated by old walkie-talkies, and traditional instrumental composition in an exploration of identity, displacement, culture, and belonging.  In re-imagining songs from his great grandfather’s collection of Japanese 78rpm records from the 1940’s - and exploring and interpreting his written memoir - Kikuchi has created a work that is a modernistic homage to early Japanese immigrants in the United States.

Released as a CD, limited edition 10” vinyl record, and website, Bat of No Bird Island is a multi-faceted project that combines narrative, artifact, and sound. Each release format provides a unique insight into the process and inspiration of the work, and a different view of the work itself. The CD and digital download feature the full studio recordings from the project. The 10” record (limited to 100 copies) pairs two of Kikuchi’s re-imaginations with the two original Japanese songs from which they drew inspiration. Finally, the website provides more context in the form of memoir excerpts, photographs, and recordings from the original 78rpm records, while also deconstructing music from the album into short vignettes that are paired with photos and writings.


released March 28, 2015

Paul Kikuchi (percussion, walkie-talkie, composition, arranging), Stuart Dempster (trombone, conches), Bill Horist (guitar, walkie-talkie, Dan Nguyet), Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin), Eyvind Kang (viola), Maria Scherer Wilson (cello), and Rob Millis (78RPM records, bells)

Recording and production made possible through the Artist Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center.

Recorded by Doug Haire

Mixed by Doug Haire and Paul Kikuchi

Mastered by Nyberg Mastering

Album design: Tiffany Lin

Bat of No Bird Island was made possible by Chamber Music America’s 2012 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.



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Paul Kikuchi Seattle, Washington

Paul Kikuchi is a percussionist, composer, and sound artist whose work explores a wide range of styles – from chamber music to soundscape ecology – while also considering specificity of site and material, differences in awareness and intention, along with aspects of history, experience, and community. ... more

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