Events Around the World

Improviser's Pool with Koto, Pipa, Gamelan & More

Performance / United States
June 20, 2019
7.00PM 292 Lefferts Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Improvisers Pool
Featuring artists and instruments from Asia and NYC

MIYAMA MCQUEEN-TOKITA, koto & bass koto (ACC grantee on fellowship from Tokyo)
SPECIAL GUEST, violin/viola (NYC)
SUN LI, pipa (NYC, from Beijing)
BIANCA GANNON, gamelan gongs & xylophone (from Melbourne)
ANDREW DRURY, percussion (NYC)

“With soup this good you don’t even need the music to be this good!”

MIYAMA MCQUEEN-TOKITA is one of the leading young lights on the Tokyo contemporary scene. Performing contemporary works, improvisation and original music, she regularly plays with such artists as Naoki Kita (vln), Tetsu Saitoh (cb), Bruce Huebner (shakuhachi), Masao Tajima (cb) and Keiki Midorikawa (vc). She is a graduate with a Masters in music from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and is a 2018 grantee currently on an Asian Cultural Council New York Fellowship. Miyama is based in Tokyo, Japan.

BIANCA GANNON is a musician-composer and curator from Ireland, based in Melbourne. On piano, gamelan, and loop pedal, Bianca brings together her training in classical composition, improvised music, and Indonesian gamelan to create a chiaroscuro of otherworldly resonances and trance-like dissonances.

SUN LI performs with Music from China and Jason Kao Hwang's Burning Bridge. She graduated from the Shenyang Music Conservatory where she studied pipa and was a member of the Central Song and Dance Ensemble in Beijing. She has performed with Music From China since 2002. Her recent appearances include the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, and 2013 Lincoln Center Festival.

KEN FILIANO performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Critics have called him a “creative virtuoso,” a “master of technique” … “a paradigm of that type of artist. . . who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind.”

ANDREW DRURY is a drummer/composer and organizer who has performed in 30 countries and on 70 recordings who All About Jazz recently called “one of the most adventurous drummer/percussionists in creative music today, and a dedicated humanitarian.” A long-time student of the legendary drummer Ed Blackwell, he leads ensembles of various sizes and collaborates with a wide range of artists.

door opens, soup on 6:30
music starts 7:00
292 Lefferts Ave. Brooklyn, NY
2/5 to Sterling St. (1 minute walk)
B/Q to Prospect Park (10+ walk)
BYOB (feel free to bring food or drink to share)
suggested donation $20

Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama