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Norihiro Kikuta


Norihiro Kikuta has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists – incorporating jazz, soul, and reggae elements to create his signature sound. Born in 1984 Sapporo, Japan, Norihiro was inspired by Chicago Blues at an early age. Following a stint with a local band, he began performing professionally at 18 years old. After cutting his teeth on gigs throughout Tokyo, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he honed his guitar playing and production skills from 2005–2008. While there, he met professors/musical mentors such as Jim Kelly, Matt Jenson, Skip Smith, Winston Maccow, and Jon Damian


Arm's Reach (Else 3)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Scavenge; Again; Breath; Quiet Departures; Drink From It; Chasms; Rivers; Arm's Reach; Thistle; Glacial; Thorn; Arm's Reach


Article: Album Review

Hey Exit: Arm's Reach (Else 3)

Read "Arm's Reach (Else 3)" reviewed by James Fleming

Writers have been creating worlds for centuries. J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, H.P Lovecraft, they all shaped worlds and mythologies and civilisations out of words. Few musicians, however, have created new worlds out of their music. Kraftwerk's albums and aesthetics form a unique world of Pop Art, industrialism, rhythms and electricity. But it's a world rooted in ...


Vegetable Soup

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Vegetable Soup; Why Worry So; Summer


Article: Album Review

Norihiro Kikuta: Vegetable Soup

Read "Vegetable Soup" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

In the age of sprawling epics masquerading as jazz records, stumbling onto a concise, minimalist narrative can be a delightful stray from the norm. In the case of Vegetable Soup, a three-composition EP by guitarist Norihiro Kikuta, the music functions as a snapshot, a thunderclap accompanied by a flash of light that illuminates a solitary transformation. ...



Label: Norihiro Kikuta
Released: 2018
Track listing: Into the Tunnel; Grand Central; Waltz; Tuesday; Hudson River; .J-M-Z; How Many Days of Summer; Prospect Park; Birds; Itsukara; Gelato!; Coney Island; Hancock Street; Akarui Mado.


Article: Album Review

Norihiro Kikuta: Oporo

Read "Oporo" reviewed by James Fleming

Like blasts of radio static, the electronics on tracks such as “Into The Tunnel" and “Tuesday" of Norihiro Kikuta's album contrast starkly with the spacious, pastoral acoustics of the aphoristic tracks such as “Prospect Park" and “Hudson Park." So short are most of the tracks on the 14-song tracklist that rather than evoke musical comparisons, they ...


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