Miyama McQueen-Tokita

Location:

Tokyo, Japan

Instrument

Koto

Institution / Orchestra

International Artist


Qualification:

Bachelor of Music/Arts (Monash University)
Masters in Music (Tokyo University of the Arts)
NHK Hogaku Ginosha Ikuseikai (Training Programme for professional Japanese traditional instrumentalists)
Sawai Koto Institute Koto Instructor (Kyōshi)

Description:

Lessons are available for anything from traditional (instrumental or vocal) to any contemporary koto music, discussing technique, tone and expression. Lessons also available for bass koto.

Lessons are available in English or Japanese.

Miyama is a koto and bass koto player and improviser. Constantly in search for her own style, she 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 as her free expressive style gained reputation, she began performing with artists visiting Japan from all around the globe. She has been invited to perform in festivals such as the Powell Street Festival in Canada, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Mapping Melbourne. Ensembles she has performed with include the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Australian Art Orchestra and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years she has been putting energy into collaborating with composers from various countries, to create music for the koto in styles that have never before been explored. She took part in IMPULS Academy & Festival in 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 has a Masters in music from Tokyo University of the Arts, and is a 2018 grantee for the Asian Cultural Council New York Fellowship.

60 minute one-to-one lesson, covering anything from traditional (instrumental or vocal) to contemporary koto music. Feel free to bring any pieces you would like to learn, and we can discuss whether it is appropriate for your current level.

60 mins
USD$38

Short 30 minute one-to-one lesson, covering anything from traditional (instrumental or vocal) to contemporary koto music. Feel free to bring any pieces you would like to learn, and we can discuss whether it is appropriate for your current level.

This shorter lesson can be for a short piece (5-6 minutes or less), or focussing on a particular section, technique or element of your choice.

30 mins
USD$30
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