Saturday, October 3

Part of a double bill with Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue

“Keyboard alchemist” (LA TimesMotoko Honda joins forces with composer Vanessa Vo, an Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner, to create a contemporary music experience that is a blend of jazz, improvisational and world music. For this cross-cultural performance, Honda and Vo have composed and arranged a set inspired by their experience emigrating from East Asia to the United States. Balancing East Asian sensibility with cutting-edge Western experimental techniques, the duo construes a sound that is at once familiar and innovative, traditional and uniquely contemporary.