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McQueen-Tokita Miyama


Grants Awarded

2018 | Music | United States

a 6-month NY Fellowship to engage with musicians and composers and explore new music and improvisation


Performance / United States

Live performance at Record Shop, Brooklyn

May 11, 2019

An informal live performance by solo artists Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone), and others.

A night of improvised and new music.

9pm start, $10 suggested donation

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Performance / United States

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

June 20, 2019

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

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Performance / United States

Unsung Series

July 25, 2019

7pm Miyama McQueen-Tokita (ACC grantee) - koto / Jessie Cox - percussion / James Ilgenfritz - bass
7:45 Dan Joseph - hammer dulcimer
8:30 small group improvisations:
Chris McIntyre - trombone
Josh Sinton - baritone saxophone
Judith Berkson - voice
Dan Joseph - hammer dulcimer
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - koto
Jessie Cox - percussion
James Ilgenfritz - bass

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Performance / United States

Tokyo to New York

August 2, 2019

MIYAMA McQUEEN-TOKITA (koto & bass koto) and THOMAS PIERCY (clarinet & hichiriki).

〜東京 と ニューヨーク〜 "Tokyo to New York" at Spectrum
New music for clarinet/hichiriki and koto/bass koto.

Alyssa Aska ~ “distributions.unions”
Miyama McQueen-Tokita ~ "New Green"
Thomas Piercy ~ "Invisible Screams"
Edward Schocker ~ "Hymn for Lou and Bill"
Kazutomo Yamamoto ~ "Doldrums"

$15 general / $10 student/senior.

Tickets are available at the door - Spectrum has no advance ticket sales.

Transit: NYC Ferry Service at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. F Train: York Street. B/Q/R Train: Dekalb Avenue. G Train: Clinton-Washington Avenues. B57 and B69 Buses.

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

Performance / United States

Breathing Peace: Music for a More Peaceful World

August 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2:00-5:00 PM

Admission: Free – Attendees will be asked to volunteer time or donate money to an organization that promotes peace
Registration Requested:

BREATHING PEACE is a concert designed to help people envision peace and find a path to compassion and tolerance through inward reflection and outward action. Music has the power to heal. It eases personal anguish in a world burdened with violence and hatred. Great New York musicians have come together, donating their time and talent to make this an afternoon to encourage contemplation of how we, both individually and as a community, can build a more peaceful world. Solo and duo performances of classical, jazz and world music. Admission is free but the audience will be asked to volunteer time or donate money to an organization that promotes peace. Recommendations will be made available.

Participating musicians (subject to change)
Douglas J. Cuomo - Guitar
Charlie Gerard - Alto Saxophone
Eva Gerard - Viola
Steve Gorn - Bansuri
Taka Kigawa - Piano
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - Koto
Thomas Piercy - Clarinet and Hichiriki
Kathleen Supove - Piano
Hikaru Tamaki - Cello
Aaron Shragg - Shakuhachi
Tomoko Sugawara - Kugo (Ancient Japanese Harp)
Nora Nohraku Suggs - Shakuhachi
John Thompson - Qin (Ancient Chinese zither)

Presented by James Nyoraku Schlefer and the Tenri Cultural Institute.

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama