Japanese free improvisational guitarist Kazu Uchihashi presents FLECT, an evening of improvisation featuring experimental vocalist Shelley Hirsch and electronics pioneer Ikue Mori.
Kazu Uchihashi is a Japanese guitarist involved in free improvisation music. Born in 1959 in Osaka, Uchihashi started playing the guitar at age 12, going on to play in various rock bands before later studying jazz music. In 1988,Uchihashi joined the band the First Edition, and formed the band Altered States in 1990. He was also a member of Otomo Yoshihide's Ground Zero from 1994 to 1997. In addition to his role as a free improviser, Uchihashi also plays daxophone, an electric wooden experimental instrument of the friction idiophone category. Uchihashi was musical director for Osaka theatre group Ishinha and has held improvisation workshops (known as New Music Action) in various cities in Japan, as well as London, Oslo, and Vienna. He owns his own record label, Innocent Records a.k.a. Zenbei Records, had held a music festival annually since 1996.