Performer Hatis Noit • Photo by Özge Cöne

Japanese vocalist Hatis Noit moved to London seven years ago, and has been touring the U.K. and Europe. In April, she will visit the U.S. to perform nine shows, including one performance on April 3 at Seattle’s Fremont Abbey.  

“Hatis Noit” is a name borrowed from Japanese folklore, representing the connective link between the living and the world beyond, just as a lotus flower floats above water while its connective root is hidden below. 

Music, she said, also represents a bridge between realms. 

“Music can connect two worlds, like here, this world and somewhere not here like the world of spirits, or the past or  future,” she said, “Music has the power to connect these two different things in an instant.”

Noit has been called a sonic autodidact, an experimental voice artist, and someone whose “startling sound” generates “wordless force.” Most of her music does not have specific lyrics, answers to interpret, or underlying episodes. Yet, the musician aims to create a safe space through her work. 

“I often hear from the audience saying that they were able to connect with their specific emotions, sensations, memories or some vivid images,” said Noit. “I am very happy to hear that because I believe when people can explore and feel themselves carefully in a safe space, it can be a truly therapeutic experience.”

Initially, touring almost a decade ago was very inspiring for Hatis Noit, prompting her to immigrate to the U.K. from Japan. For the first few years, she felt lost and experienced an identity crisis. But the challenge led to unexpected personal and artistic growth.

“From language and culture to ethnicity, the differences between Japan and London were so much more than I expected,” she said.  “I felt like a powerless baby again, and I had to, and I’m still on the way to, building up my own identity from scratch.”  

The move forced her to come face to face with her weaknesses. The whole experience, she said, made her more kind, open, and able to empathize with the suffering of others, which she might not have noticed before. 

And then, just as Hatis Noit embraced that openness, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world toward closure.  

“When I could no longer perform live in the COVID time, I realized that I could not sing without audiences, and my music and even compositions could not be completed without them,” said Noit. “Having someone there in a physical space, and exchanging our vibes there, inspires me so much to sing and change my compositions.”

She released her Aura LP on June 24, 2022, but prefers live performance over working at a computer. She tried to perform on a livestream during lockdown in London, but felt empty without a real audience to interact with.

Music, Noit said, is supposed to be collaborative and community-building.

“Even when I am singing to release my inner energy alone, like when I compose songs at my home studio, at the end of the day, my music is for someone else as well as myself,” she said. “Sharing a physical space together and feeling each other is the very core of my music creation.”

This acknowledgement about the importance of community now goes beyond music for her, a sentiment that deepened since immigrating to the U.K. 

“As Japan is still a quite closed country, before I came to the U.K., I had never really thought about the lives of immigrants and second- and later-generation immigrants,” she said. “I hope that I can find something universal, that people from different backgrounds have in common that we can all share and connect to through music.”

Hatis Noit is excited to create this experience for a Seattle audience in April during what will be her first tour here. She’s looking forward to experiencing the culture and history of each place she visits: the climate, atmosphere, and the lives of local people.

Hatis Noit performs on April 3 at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle. 

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