ICHI  (nagoya, japan)
ichi, from nagoya in japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits - combining steel-drum with ping-pong balls, tape-loops with double bass and trumpet with bongos, 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 and perhaps he will be - it's this kind of excellence and innovation which inspires a cult following. at the same time, his music is so playful and unusual, it gives you the feeling that you're witnessing something entirely new. it's fun, it's danceable, it's exciting.

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