Music Program

Thursday, September 7, 2006

$12 general, $8 members/students/seniors

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
This concert was supported by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Miya Masaoka / Peggy Lee / Larry Ochs


Presented at:

Photo: Lori Eanes

Miya Masaoka (koto)
Peggy Lee (cello)
Larry Ochs (saxophones)

Miya Masaoka works simultaneously in the varied musical worlds of jazz, Western classical music, traditional Japanese music and free improvisation, and is currently the director of a traditional Japanese court music ensemble, the San Francisco Gagaku Society. Hailed as “a world-class innovator with uncompromising musicality” (New York Press), she has performed in Japan, India, Canada, and the United States, collaborating with such wide-ranging artists and ensembles as Pharoah Sanders, L Subramanium, Steve Coleman, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, James Newton, Mark Izu, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and the Berlin Opera. She also leads a trio featuring jazz masters Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille—heard on her 1997 CD, Monk's Japanese Folk Song—and has had a residency at STEIM in the Netherlands, where she developed a MIDI (electronic) interface for her koto. Her most recent commission was from Alonzo King's Lines Ballet, and she is currently on tour performing the commission live with the ballet company.

Peggy Lee has performed in numerous creative contexts across the musical spectrum since arriving in Vancouver in 1989. She has worked with actors and dancers, notably EDAM, improvising to movement. More pertinent is her long standing collaborations with Talking Pictures and the Tony Wilson Sextet. Recently Peggy has also been performing as part of Dave Douglas Mountain Passages Project which toured Italy in August 2003. Other performance collaborations include work with Wayne Horvitz , Ab Baars, Joelle Leandre, George Lewis among others. Peggy also leads her own band which has two CDs out on the Spool label: Sounds From the Big House and The Peggy Lee Band.

Larry Ochs has been a powerful influence on a generation of saxophonists as a member for more than two decades of the Rova Saxophone Quartet. With Rova, he has appeared on more than two dozen recordings, toured North America, the former USSR, Europe, Japan, and collaborated with the likes of Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Terry Riley, Marilyn Crispell, Wadada Leo Smith, Margaret Jenkins, Kronos Quartet, and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Outside of Rova, he performed and recorded with the late saxophone innovator Glenn Spearman's Double Trio, and has also played extensively with the quartet Room, the trio What We Live, The John Lindberg Ensemble and the new Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core. As a composer, he has written some two dozen works for saxophone quartet and numerous other pieces for mixed ensembles. He also composed the music for the film Letters Not About Love, which was voted “Best Documentary Film” at the 1998 South-by-Southwest Film Festival.

Some publications related to this event:
September, 2006 - 2006