Global-African dance, spoken word, winds, strings, percussion, turntable, beat box, and digital artwork. Hesterian Musicism is the creative process through which Professor Karlton Hester’s compositional and performance style merge to give rise to aesthetic environments where other musicians, kinetic and visual artists, and poets can meet to produce new art forms through imaginative effort.
An evening of live music and video projections by Chris Ryan Williams and Laura Sofía Pérez.
Musical performers will include Chris Ryan Williams (trumpet/compositions), Kozue Matsumoto (koto), and Davy Sumner (synthesizer). Laura Sofía Pérez will provide the video projections. The performance will explore themes of the Black experience in 1970’s Los Angeles and the ephemerality of Black agency.
Create real time images with the Arduino and sensors!
In this beginner-level workshop, participants will learn how to use Processing, Arduino, and an IR gesture sensor to generate images and animations in real time. While some previous experience with Processing, Arduino, and/or sensors is helpful, it is not required, and all skill and experience levels will be accommodated.
Our February 2019 Frequency Fridays show features experimental koto player/multimedia artist Kozue Matsumoto (LAX), experimental electric guitarist Kirsten Carey (DET), experimental electronic musician Mike Textbeak (CLE) accompanied by vocalist Searmanas (NYC), and experimental electronic musician Doctah X (CMH). Accompanying Doctah X on visuals is Columbus-based video artist Danielle Milam.
Joining Motoko Honda to work on a creative project among artists from the Miyagi Prefecture in Tohoku, Japan
Sounds et al presents an electroacoustic collaboration from duos Caspar Sonnet/Kozue Matsumoto, and Kaori Suzuki/John Krausbauer.
Guitarist Caspar Sonnet (Los Angeles, CA) and kotoist Kozue Matsumoto (Tokyo, Japan) bring their individual instrumentation together to perform the experimental and emotive collaborative work from their forthcoming collection Versus.
Husband and wife duo Kaori Suzuki and John Krausbauer (Oakland, CA) create rich acoustic intricacies. Continuing their 2018 tour (Japan, U.S., Canada, Mexico), they perform hypnotizing soundscapes with voice, bell, percussion, electronics and amplified strings.
Caspar Sonnet (lap-steel dobro) Kozue Matsumoto (koto) is an acoustic experimental, improvisational duo based in Los Angeles, California. Both artists employ numerous extended techniques exploring an array of interesting sounds and textures using both modern & early eastern/western folk instruments. Their collaborations are fiercely intensive, concentrated duals where both players utilize prepared strategies composed in set time blocks. Each player is then assigned a specific set of tools to manipulate various parts of the instrument and are assigned set tunings, microtonal or otherwise. Their use of instrumental augmentation, movement and presence are captivating to witness and mesmerizing to hear. Matsumoto/Sonnet are anticipating a record release entitled “Versus” on Sounds et all late August 2018.
MA is a duo whose rich and emotive music is centered upon two asian instruments: the Chinese pipa and the Japanese koto. Jie Ma and Kozue Matsumoto, originally from China and Japan, draw upon the traditional musical influences of their respective motherlands alongside decades of performance in North America and Europe. These diverse points of reference converge to form MA’s unique sound, which floats between the ancient and the modern. Taking inspiration from early training that blended traditional Asian composition with Western ideas, MA’s musical spectrum is constantly developing.
Under the artistic direction of Dr. Greg Caisley, the Postmodern Camerata sought living, breathing Canadian composers to commission new chamber music for what promises to be a truly unique musical celebration entitled Canada as the final mainstage production of the PMCs 2016/17 concert season. Canada is an ode to the creation and performance of new Canadian music in anticipation of Canadas 150th birthday. Composers Rita Ueda, John Cole, and Thomas Beckman were chosen, in part, because of their broad range of backgrounds and experience as a reflection of the diversity of Canadian culture.
Presented by SASSAS, in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood, soundSpark is a free children's concert series at the West Hollywood Public Library taking place at noon on the first Saturday of each month. This month's concert features Kozue Matsumoto, who specializes in the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.
Celebrate Lou Harrison’s Centennial with a bouquet of plucked delights played by Grammy winning musicians Gloria Cheng/harpsichord, Alison Bjorkedal/harp, John Schneider/guitars, and TJ Troy/percussion. They will be joined by special guests Shalini Vijayan/violin, Kozue Matsumoto/shamisen & koto in LA’s first performance of his Music for Violin & Various Instruments European, Asian, & African (1967).
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (VCME) is joined by Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choir, Felice Women’s Choir, Grace Jong Eun Lee (kayagum & piano), Kozue Matsumoto (koto) and Sarah Tan (guzheng) for Sounds of Asia, the first concert of the 2016-17 season. The program will be presented by Dr. Jan Walls (MC) on Sunday, October 23 at the Annex.
An Evening of Tom Johnson: MicroFest and Villa Aurora present the world premiere of Johnson’s Plucking (2015) for nine ethnic instruments, featuring a global village of world pluckery that includes Japanese koto, Middle Eastern oud, Indian sitar, Persian tar, African kora, and more. Also included will be a selection of his wonderful Rational Melodies, his hilarious Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string bass (1984), plus traditional repertoire from our international soloists.