Paul Kikuchi is a musician, scholar, activist, and educator whose music is informed by highly diverse influences - from his roots as a rock drummer to chamber music and ancient Japanese court music. His interdisciplinary work seeks to generate reflection and dialogue, especially in the context of history, community, and identity.
An experienced grant writer and educator, Paul teaches a wide variety of courses in the arts and humanities, serves as the board vice president at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA, and is the founder and artistic director of Prefecture Music, a small organization devoted to the the creation and understanding of contemporary music. He holds degrees in music from Bennington College (BFA) and Cal Arts (MFA).
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