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Calendar, Night&Day Spring Farewell

Spring Farewell

Alonzo King LINES Ballet, known for intricate choreography executed by elegant dancers of supernaturally elongated proportions, presents its "Spring Season." The company debuts an untitled premiere by its celebrated founder and choreographer King to music by contemporary composers John…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art Operations

Art Operations

During the 2003 gubernatorial contest, out-of-state media turned Nao Bustamante — sister of Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante — into a derisive footnote. Taken out of context, how were people in Orlando, Florida, supposed to interpret a performance artist in San…
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Music, Reviewed Larry Ochs, Joan Jeanrenaud, Miya Masaoka

Larry Ochs, Joan Jeanrenaud, Miya Masaoka

For his debut recording with former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud and koto master Miya Masaoka, Rova Saxophone Quartet's Larry Ochs composed four extended works for improvisation that compel the players to be both quick-thinking and full-feeling. On the album's…
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Calendar, Performance A Woman's Work

A Woman's Work

WED 10/8 Six dollars an hour once seemed like good money. In fact, for some of us (depending on generation) it was great money: enough to see a rock show on Saturday, hit the mall on Sunday, and even save…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sound Garden

Sound Garden

Miya Masaoka, Bay Area composer and master of the koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument), has earned an international rep in the past decade exploring the concept of music as a living, breathing entity with no limits. An extraordinary improviser…
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Music, Border Crossings

Border Crossings

To take advantage of her artist-in-residence tenure this past spring at the Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco kotoist Miya Masaoka had to haul her weird wired world to the beach. She moved her entire home setup -- five…
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Music, Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy

Before "electronica" there was "electronic," and the Bay Area has been a hotbed of experimental electronic music for decades. There's arguably the greatest concentration of electronic sound innovators on the planet here, yet curiously, there's been no annual event devoted…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Maybe MondayFor all the racket conjured up at times on its debut Saturn's Finger, Maybe Monday's Fred Frith (guitar), Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics), and Larry Ochs (tenor and sopranino sax) essentially focus on the power of nuance. The CD is…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Local Rites for Universal Rights

Miya Masaoka's performance piece Dark Passages should serve as a kind of prelude to the local celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The historic United Nations document, promoted by Eleanor Roosevelt and officially adopted…
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Music,

Reviews

Various Artists The Real Bahamas Volumes I & II (Nonesuch) Three decades ago, in the days before world music was called such, the Elektra Nonesuch label created the Explorer Series, releasing several dozen LPs that took listeners around the globe.…
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Hear This

Andrew Cyrille and Carlos Ward; Miya Masaoka and George Lewis Expect an earful when Koncepts Cultural Gallery presents its fifth annual "Double-Up" series beginning this weekend and running for the next two Saturdays. The opening event showcases dynamic duos Andrew…
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Hear This

Miya Masaoka She's improvised with bees and let giant cockroaches creep across her naked flesh. Early next year she plans to "illuminate the commodification of eroticism/the body and music in our society" with the outdoor strip-cum-sound performance of What Is…
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Quashing Analysis

"Silk Road: Asian Concepts in Jazz" At the Herbst Theater, Thursday, Oct. 24. The first noticeable thing about the people who'd come to the Herbst to see "Asian-American jazz" (an iffy hybrid in concept, but a good one in practice)…
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