Ken Ychicawa ThruWorlds

Saturday - July, 28 @ 8:00pm

Ken Ychicawa (drums)

Chris Klaxton (piano/trumpet)

Eric Quinn (trombone)

Arturo Valdez (bass)


Ken Ychicawa was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where by age 7 he was studying music theory and violin at the National Conservatory. Later on he started studying piano and discovered the drums by age 15. Since then, he's been playing in a variety of musical situations from hiphop and latin to modern jazz and free-music. He has toured the Americas and Europe as a sideman and leading his own projects, getting to share stage and record with artists like the John Scofield, The High Definition Quartet, Adam Rogers, Kenny Werner, Jean Michel Pilc, Yotam Silberstein, and others.

After residing in Los Angeles for two years (where Ken studied with fellow peruvian master drummer Alex Acuña), he received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Performance and Jazz Composition. He then spent a year in Ecuador as the Head of the Percussion Department at USFQ (Berklee-partner school in Quito), doing performances and recordings on the side. After that, he moved back home to Lima, where he's been part of the development of the jazz scene, performing extensively and teaching privately and at several music schools.

From 2014 to 2017, Ken lived in New York City, where he finished a master's degree at NYU and studied and worked with the likes of Joe Lovano, Ari Hoenig, Guillermo Klein and others. He regularly collaborates in a number of projects that perform internationally and in his native Peru, including Kappa Trio, a guitar-bass-drums collaboration with fellow Peruvian musicians Pierre Huarniz and Arturo Valdez. In 2017, he release his debut album as a leader and producer, ThruWorlds, a collection of original compositions and improvisations, that take place along a journey of psychological integration.

Upcoming Events

Irish Session

Wednesday, October 5th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, October 6th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Darlin’ Corey

Friday, October 7th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Yellow House Blues Band

Friday, October 7th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Carl Dimow Quartet

Saturday, October 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Tuesday, October 11th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

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Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
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