New Work TBA (World Premiere)
Date and Time: Thursday May 23, 7:00pm; Saturday May 25, 3:30pm; Sunday May 26, 3:30pm
Duration: 75 minutes, no intermission
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the Door: $28
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Artist InfoProduction Credits
Composer: Tomoko Momiyama
Performers & Collaborators: Shoko Hikage, Kana Roman-Alcalá Okada and Community Members
Producers: Kyoko Yoshida & Miwa Kaneko for U.S. / Japan Cultural Trade Network
Funded in Part by:
National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF
New Work / World Premiere
An original site-specific work created by composer Tomoko Momiyama and commissioned for the Festival by the U.S. / Japan Cultural Trade Network. The project has been inspired by conversations with Japanese-American and Native-American communities as well as specialists in different disciplines including seed science, migratory birds, and geology. The finished work will explore the issues of home and diaspora identities in the Bay Area and beyond. Listening and experiencing what maybe inaudible at first, audience members gradually shift their paradigms away from anthropocentrism (the perspective that humans are the only, or primary, holders of moral standing), to a state of mind where one is more in harmony with the elements and other life forms.
“How many classically trained saxophone players have worked collaboratively with sumo wrestlers? … I’d venture to say none. Except for Tomoko Momiyama.” - Carl Stone
Tokyo based Tomoko Momiyama works internationally as a music composer, dramaturg, and producer of multi-disciplinary art events, installations, and performances. She graduated from Stanford University in the U.S. with B.A. in Music and Human Biology and further studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands in The Hague under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists. Tomoko’s works, many of which are community-based and site-specific, have been performed throughout Japan, as well as in different parts of Asia, Europe, North and Central Americas, and Africa.
Shoko Hikage is a master koto player, teacher and prolific musical collaborator. She began studying koto at the age of three. From 1985, she received special training from the 2nd and 3rd IEMOTO Seiga Adachi (hereditary head master of the Ikuta-ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai). After many years of training and performing in Japan and Hawaii, Shoko relocated to San Francisco in 1997 where she continues her concert and teaching activities. As well as being a soloist, Shoko is an active member of both the Wooden Fish Ensemble and Koto ensemble Lantana. She has also collaborated with musicians and artists of other genres including: Anthony Brown’s Asian America Orchestra, Kenny Endo, Judith, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Hyo-shin Na, Tokyo Nammy, Trinth Minh-Ha, Anshin Uchida, Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu among others.
Kana Roman-Alcalá Okada
Kana Roman-Alcalá Okada is a seed saver / scholar-activist based in Berkeley, California. Kana travels across Japan, Hawaii’i and US to inherit traditional wisdom on seeds and farming. She provides lectures and workshops on seed stewardship, writes and translates about seeds, farming and food movements, and provides tours. Her latest translation work: Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements was published in Japan in 2018 (English to Japanese). Kana received MA in Agrarian and Environmental Studies from International Institute of Social Studies the Hague, Erasmus University in Netherlands. She is a mother of a 3 years old.
U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN)
CTN was founded as an international project of Arts Midwest, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN in 2001 to provide leadership, vision, information and support to enhance cultural trade between the U.S. and Japan. Under the leadership of its founding director, Kyoko Yoshida, CTN has designed and implemented a number of exemplary exchange projects with an array of committed partners and participants, developed long-term relationships and broadened the knowledge within the professional community about artistic resources and practices in both countries. After its successful and productive operation of five years in the Midwest, CTN relocated to the Pacific-rim city of San Francisco in 2006 to become an independent nonprofit organization.