Paul Kikuchi is a percussionist, composer, and sound artist whose work explores a wide range of styles – from chamber music to soundscape ecology – while also considering specificity of site and material, differences in awareness and intention, along with aspects of history, experience, and community. Kikuchi’s recent chamber compositions explore the experiential aspect of creation and perception, specifically the transmission of presence, somatic awareness, and intent from the composer/performer to the listener. He has created site-specific work in abandoned train tunnels, nuclear cooling towers, and underground cisterns that intends to invigorate perception by re-contextualizing sound in unusual acoustic environments. Along with leading a variety of ensembles, he is an in-demand freelance percussionist - his playing can be heard on over 40 albums. As a sound artist Kikuchi has shown work at the Columbia City Gallery, Montalvo Arts Center Gallery, and the Wing Luke Museum, among others.
Paul’s work has been recognized and supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Chamber Music America, and the American Composers Forum, among others.
"...his music is somewhere between natural and deliberate, between wind chimes and the strict order of a composition..."
- The Stranger