JAID - Japan Artists Information Directory

Jeff Wichmann

Instrument/Discipline: Koto
School (流): Sawai Koto Academy

Home Address: 3556 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Cell Phone: 773.593.2181

Email 1: jeff@jeffwichmann.com
Email 2: jeffwichmann@mac.com
Website: www.jeffwichmann.com

Do you teach? Yes                               

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

Jeff Wichmann, a native of Chicago, has been playing koto for nearly 25 years, exploring traditional and contemporary Japanese music.  He holds an Advanced Koto License from the Sawai Koto Academy in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied under koto master Kazue Sawai. He has been a performing member of Koto Phase, Spring Valley Koto Ensemble, Group Otoko, and The Chusei Koto Society Players. In 2005-2007 he was the featured koto player in Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Haruki Murakami'sAfter The Quake. The play ran for over 350 performances in Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and New Haven.  The music won critics choice awards for Best Original Score in the first three cities. Jeff has also transposed and adapted various western works to be performed on koto including a new rendition of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Sondheim's Pacific Overtures, and arrangements by Bach, Schubert, Beatles, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. He is a graduate of Augustana College where he majored in Asian Studies and Theater and was first introduced to the koto by Dr. Jesse Evans. He currently lives in Chicago performing, composing and teaching.