An evening of live performance of Koto, Sitar, Film and Poetry by Miyama McQueen-Tokita, Jarvis Earnshaw and Bradley Eros
●Miyama McQueen-Tokita (Koto)
Miyama is a koto and bass koto player who is constantly in search for her own style that fuses ancient traditions with new ideas that are relevant to the music and people of the present day. She performs contemporary works, improvisation and original music, and in addition to performing solo, Miyama regularly plays with such artists as Naoki Kita (vln), Tetsu Saitoh (cb), Bruce Huebner (shakuhachi), Masao Tajima (cb) and Keiki Midorikawa (vc). As her free expressive style gained reputation with a wide audience, she began performing often with artists coming from all around the globe to perform in Japan. She has been invited to perform overseas as a soloist in festivals such as the Powell Street Festival in Canada, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Mapping Melbourne. Ensembles she has performed as a guest soloist include the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, the Australian Art Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years she has been putting energy into improvisation and collaborating with young composers from various countries, looking to create music for the koto in a style and soundscape that has never before been explored. In 2015 and 2017 she took part in IMPULS Academy & Festival held in Graz, Austria, as a bass koto performer, where she performed improvisation, and premiered many new works written for bass koto.
Miyama has been taught by Satsuki Odamura and Kazue Sawai. She graduated with a Masters in music from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and is a 2018 grantee for the Asian Cultural Council New York Fellowship. Miyama is based in Tokyo, Japan.
●Jarvis Earnshaw (Sitar)
Born in London 1982, Jarvis Earnshaw spent most of his childhood in Japan, releasing his debut album from Slam Records at the age of 15; he graduated Bunka Gakuin Art School in Tokyo, then went on to study sitar in India, and is a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York. His musical career as well as his Art career has been recognized worldwide, having solo exhibitions, residencies and performances throughout the world, including Fuji Rock Festival, Europe, India and across America to Lincoln Center New York. His work is often described as a cinematic experience, utilizing acoustic guitar, sitar, modified audio cassette tape loops and open reel tapes; provoking memories of past and beyond, warm and rich as does the noise from a record needle touching an LP; at times violently explosive yet soothing and irresistible. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, he has been engaged in numerous projects throughout the Art and Music scenes including a recent performance at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center and live collaborations with: New-Wave violinist Walter Steding, beatnik poet Anne Waldman, artist Kenny Scharf, Daniel Carter, Amazing Amy the contortionist, Trevor Dunn (Mr.Bungle / Fantomas / Melvins), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms/PARA), Shinji Masuko (DMBQ), Tamio Shiraishi (Fushitsusha), has been featured on recordings by DJ Quietstorm, Yoshitake EXPE and has been commissioned by the National Audubon Society to create a soundtrack for the short film "Shorebirds Flock to Yellow Sea". He contributes as musical director for Rumi Missabu of the legendary 1960's psychedelia troupe The Cockettes, and also played bass in the punk band QUESTION w/ singer Saira Huff (Bastard Noise, Detestation) which released their first full length LP through US label Fashionable Idiots. Since 2016 he has held a residency at Flowers For All Occasions Gallery in Brooklyn NY, collaborating with different artists monthly, including: Trevor Dunn, Elias Stemeseder, Sean Ali, Seth Faergolzia, etc. His current projects include: HARBINGER a trio with Daniel Carter (reeds, horn & flute) & Zach Swanson (contrabass), debut album recorded by Martin Bisi at BC Studios Brooklyn scheduled for release March 2019 and also a trio with Mike Green (Mezzanine Swimmers) on electronics & Devin Brahja Waldman (GodSpeedYou!BlackEmperor) on saxophone. His photographs have been featured as a 7page spread in Asahi Camera Magazine, has had a solo exhibition at the New York Public Library Thompkin Sq. branch in 2013 and his self published zines: “Nowhere Now Here vol.0” and “Nowhere Now Here vol.9” have recently been added to the New York Public Library permanent collection at Lincoln Center. He has also been commissioned by clothing companies such as BEAMS International and DoARaT for designs and continuously strives to broaden his horizon as an artist. "Earnshaw creates a glinting ambience, with the bent notes of the sitar suggesting a distant kinship to the blues guitar." -John Sharpe (New York City Jazz Record)
●Bradley Eros (Film and Poetry)
Bradley is an artist working in myriad media: experimental film & video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, contracted and expanded cinema & installation. Also a maverick curator, composer, designer & investigator. Concepts include: ephemeral cinema, mediamystics, subterranean science, erotic psyche, cinema povera, poetic accidents, musique plastique, Optipus, Owl of Minerva, MetaBody, vampirates, catalysts, eau de cinema, black hole cinema & narcolepsy cinema.
Worked for many years with the Filmmakers’ Cooperative, Anthology Film Archives, and Robert Beck Mercurial Cinema. Represented by Microscope Gallery. Born in Nocturnal, Illinois in 1952, moved to New York in 1980 at age 27, and became Eros. Lives in Queens. Prefers the night.