Paul Kikuchi portrait

Paul Kikuchi

Paul Kikuchi attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert while in the womb and was born the next day. He shares a birthday with Prince. His music is wide ranging — from drone/ambient soundscapes to compositions for traditional Japanese instruments, and has been described as “. . . somewhere between natural and deliberate, between wind chimes and the strict order of a composition” (The Stranger)  and “A Morricone showdown in a John Cage rock garden.” (Paris Transatlantic). His work has been supported by Chamber Music America, National Endowment of the Arts, and New Music USA, among others. Paul is tenured music faculty at South Seattle College.

Watch: Paul Kikuchi with Mako and Stan Shikuma, live at Jack Straw

Artist Support Program 2022: An album of original works that features traditional Japanese instruments along with electronics and “Western” classical and popular instrumentation.

New Media Gallery 2015-16: AUTONOMIC

Artist Support Program 2013: Recording and production of Bat of No Bird Island, a song cycle for chamber-jazz ensemble based on the memoir of his grandfather Zenkichi Kikuchi.

Artist Support Program 2008 (with Tiffany Lin)



Sound Clips
  • Jack Straw New Media Gallery Interview : Paul Kikuchi
  • Paul Kikuchi - AUTONOMIC
  • Paul Kikuchi - Bat of No Bird Island: Asazuki Yuzuki
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