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RACHAEL DADD + ICHI
Komedia Studio, Brighton | £7 adv.
With a string of releases on Broken Sound (UK), Sweetdreams Press and Angelís Egg (Japan) and support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, and 6 Music, experimental folk multi-instrumentalist RACHAEL DADD is preparing to release her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere. Two years in the making 'We Resonate' is an uplifting celebration of life and by far her most collaborative. It sees Rachael joined by Laura Marlingís sideman Marcus Hamblet, experimental Japanese multi-instrumentalist ICHI, Alessi Laurent-Marke of Alessiís Ark, Rozi Plain, Emma Gatrill of Sons of Noel and Adrian, and Thomas Heather of Woodpecker Wooliams.
Starting life as demos of multi-instrumental layers born from the richness of her nomadic lifestyle, the songs were then recorded in part with a live band in a studio, followed by playful overdubbing in Rachaelís front room where she could prepare the piano and use husband ICHIís handmade musical inventions. Carving out a niche of its own and crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental, 'We Resonate' pulses with poly-rhythms on prepared- piano, homemade xylophone, voice, clarinets, typewriter, boxes of matches, steel drum, tap-dancing, clapping, and even the heartbeat of Rachaelís baby in the womb. Her love of african field-recordings and the spirit embodied within them has seeped into the diverse mix of influences, along with Steve Reich, Tune Yards, and the Japanese underground/improv scene.
ICHI, from Nagoya in Japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping- pong balls, toys, tape-loops, xylophone, double bass and trumpet, 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.
Having toured as a solo artist in Japan, the UK and Europe, playing at festivals including GREEN MAN, NO DIRECTION HOME and GLASTONBURY (where he received a standing ovation), ICHI has been making waves and it`s unsurprising that many notable characters have been turning their heads. He is championed by the likes of DAVID BYRNE, BBC 6's TOM ROBINSON and LAUREN LAVERNE, BBC RADIO 3's LATE JUNCTION and DEERHOOF, who invited him to play with them in New York at their event The Wordless Music Series. In Japan he has shared the stage with such artists as ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY and SHUGO TOKUMARU, and has had an animation made based on his character for NHK (BBC equivalent), as well as recently making TV appearances on NHK.
ICHI`s 2nd album MEMO, recorded onto analogue 8-track tape recorder and released in Japan on the indie label COUP, combines the raucous energy of street music in west Africa, the pastoral reflectiveness of goat-herders, and the humour of Monty Python, and is driven with energy, quirkiness, and his playful manipulation of the mundane.