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Kyoko Kitamura
  • Female
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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Kyoko Kitamura's Friends

  • Crossing Art Gallery
  • Helen Yee
  • Menon Dwarka
  • john chang
  • Japan Society
  • HarmoNYom
  • Kitsune Ensemble
  • Tze Chun Dance Company
  • kaoru watanabe
  • Mariko Masaoka-Drew
  • Nico Daswani
 

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Profile Information

Status
Artist
Discipline(s)
Music
In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
Japanese-American. I was born in the U.S. but was raised in both Japan and the U.S.. My identity is that of someone who grew up in the nebulous zone between two very different cultures without fully belonging to either one, but identifying most closely with those who also have a multi-cultural background.
Your Artistic Background/Mission
Kyoko Kitamura is a vocalist and composer, with the added quirk of being a former journalist (a one time Gulf War reporter) with a childhood training in piano at the Juilliard pre-college division (under the late Ms.Jane Carlson). She is primarily known for her highly personal style of vocal improvisation and has performed and/or recorded with leading improvisers including Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Jim Staley, Jay Clayton, Art Lande, and Taylor Ho Bynum. Kitamura can be heard on such albums as the critically acclaimed Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings release "Madeleine Dreams" (Firehouse 12 Records 2009), Jamie Baum's "Solace" (Sunnyside Records 2008), Steve Coleman's "Lucidarium" (Label Bleu 2004), and Laura Andel Electric Percussive Orchestra "In::tension:." (Rossbin Records October 2005).

She also co-leads Go-Zee-Lah, which will be performing this year at the Vision Festival, a Japanese-pop/rock-influenced improvising trio featuring Yayoi Ikawa (piano) and Harris Eisenstadt (drums).
Your Creative Influences
Stockhausen, Anthony Braxton, Messiaen, Tim Berne, Kazuo Ishiguro, Natsuo Kiryu, Yayoi Ikawa, Jim Staley, Ikue Mori
Web Link
http://kyokokitamura.com

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At 10:06am on September 27, 2010, Mariko Masaoka-Drew said…
Nice, I'd like to see the media coverage! Are you coming to Town Hall this Oct. 5th?
At 11:54am on September 23, 2010, Mariko Masaoka-Drew said…
HI Kyoko,
Yes it's true, we got a sneak peak at your "High Tide" performance as part of the Dumo Arts Festival. It opens today, let us know how it goes!
At 5:23pm on September 22, 2010, Nico Daswani said…
saw the rehearsal/performance in the park earlier today! But by the time we walked over, you had disappeared. Looked very cool and intriguing, where can I learn more about the piece?
At 10:41am on June 3, 2010, Helen Yee said…
I'm looking forward to seeing what can happen here. It sure seems like a lively and inspiring community!
At 12:51pm on May 20, 2010, Nico Daswani said…
Kyoko, it is so great to learn about your work and to know that you are here in Brooklyn! Did you know that we are in DUMBO? Please do drop by (give us a heads-up) as it would be great to meet you. Also, our next Town Hall is on June 1, it would be great to see you for that: http://www.aaartsalliance.org/page/town-hall

Take care and welcome to the Asian American Arts Alliance
 
 
 

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