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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2012, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution

Miya Masaoka: Excerpts from Geographies

The Old Stone House
336 Third Street, bet. 4th/5th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-768-3195 –

Musical Ecologies is a new monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience. Admission is by contribution and a reception follows.

The second Musical Ecologies event features New York-based composer and koto player Miya Masaoka with guest percussionist Satoshi Takeishi in an evening of excerpts from Triangle of Resistance, and her ongoing project Geographies which explores the relationships between the natural environment and the manmade world. Geographies integrates field recordings and video imagery with live performance. Masaoka and Takeishi will perform several compositions and improvisations for koto, percussion and electronics with found film and field recordings collected during recent residencies in Russa and Poland. The evening will include a Brooklyn premiere screening of her recent stand alone video short Spectacle Exotic.

About the artists:

Miya Masaoka is a New York classically trained musician and composer whose work encompasses improvisation, sound installation, visual media and instrument design, chamber, choral and orchestral works. She has received commissions from Bang on a Can, Volti, The San Francisco Chorale Society, So Percussion, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Kathleen Supove, Joan Jeanrenaud, BBC and Lines Ballet. Her work has been presented throughout the world, including Venice Biennale 2004, the Miller Theater, NYC, Merkin Hall, V2 (Rotterdam), Ircam, (Paris), KunstRadio (Vienna ), Radio Breman (Germany). She has received the Alpert Arts Award and the Asian Cultural Council Japanese Fellowship, and currently teaches composition New York University and Bard College.

Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. While studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. His interests later expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east and he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with many musicians and in New York.

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Coming up on Musical Ecologies: Tom Chiu 12/13; Eve Beglarian 1/10; Andrea Williams 3/21; Zach Layton 4/11; Jason Cady 5/16.