We are really excited that Yuppies Music are bringing this double bill to the space. Both Ichi and Alabaster are hugely innovative and energetic performers with inspiration falling out their eyeballs!
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 & Hat-trick-hat) with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, toys & everyday objects all in the space of one short set. Having toured as a solo artist in Japan, the UK and Europe, playing at festivals including Greenman, End of the Road, Boomtown, In The Woods, Great Escape, Camp Bestival and Glastonbury, ICHI has been making waves and it`s unsurprising he is championed by the likes of David Byrne, BBC 6`s Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft & Lauren Laverne, and Deerhoof who invited him to play with them in New York at their event The Wordless Music Series.
‘Hilarious & bonkers & brilliant!’
Alabaster De Plume
Described beautifully by Shabaka Hutchings as ‘One of my definite favourite saxophone players from this country… one of the most distinctive and personalised sounds on the instrument that I’ve heard in a very very long time’ and cherished by the alternative BBC program. Alabaster is also a poet, a performer and an alround entertainer. He plays with worlds in the same way he bends the harmonious melodies of his instrument. His recent political contribution ‘Buy It’ went viral on Facebook, receiving over a thousand views.
'Totally unique… Very, very brilliant indeed'
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3