Ongoing: In the coming year, Michi will compose works for NOW Ensemble, yMusic, violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to be premiered in 2019 and 2020. Check back for dates and venues.
January 11: Solo violin performance of original works for violin and loop pedal at Casa Romantica in my hometown, San Clemente.
February 3: Solo violin performance of original works for violin and loop pedal in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
April 18: "Andvord" at Amherst College: an original score for looped violin set to a film made by National Geographic photographer Maria Stenzel.
June 30: Performance at gala for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA
August 4: Performance of William Brittelle's Spiritual America, opening for Bon Iver at the Hollywood Bowl
October 14-27: Tour of Australia, China, Taiwan, and South Korea with the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma
Curator and director of Antenna Cloud Farm, a multi-genre music festival, artists' retreat, and outreach organization.
Arranging an album-length group of songs by Emily Wells for Emily, Michi, and Metropolis Ensemble. To be recorded and premiered this year.
Solo violin recording project will include new works written for Michi by William Brittelle, Mark Dancigers, Paula Matthusen, Jessie Montgomery, and others!
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NOVEMBER 16, 2017:
I'll be arranging the music of Emily Wells for Emily, myself, Greg Fox, and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on the illustrious Liquid Music Series, curated by Kate Nordstrum in Minneapolis. More info here.
OCTOBER 14, 2017
Concert #5: for the grand finale of Antenna Cloud Farm, we invite the folk-jazz trio 9 Horses to help us bring our inaugural festival to a close. Click here for info and tickets.
OCTOBER 1, 2017
Concert #4 at Antenna Cloud Farm will be violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan performing classical masterworks with some very special guests. Click here for info and tickets.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
Concert #3 at Antenna Cloud Farm will be yours truly, performing mostly original works for acoustic 4-string and electric 5-string violin. More information here.
AUGUST 29, 2017:
Concert #2 at Antenna Cloud Farm! Eliza Bagg and Oliver Stone present a magical evening of experimental indie-pop music. More information here.
AUGUST 12, 2017
I join celebrated actor and artistic director of Shakespeare & Co., Allyn Burrows, for a special performance in which music and poetry come together to celebrate the life and work of T.S. Eliot. Allyn and I, along with playwright and dramaturge Joan Ackermann, co-directed this special evening which will include renaissance, folk, and improvised music, as well as a piece I composed specifically to be performed in conjunction with The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. Come visit the gorgeous Shakespeare & Co. campus. More info here.
JULY 23, 2017:
I meet and record with my childhood hero, the legendary Laurie Anderson. I join Rubin Kodheli, Colin Jacobsen, and Kyle Armbrust for a quartet composed by Anderson written for her friend and teacher, Sol LeWitt.
JULY 8, 2017
This day marks the inaugural week of Antenna Cloud Farm - a music festival and artists' retreat founded and curated by Michi along with her husband, Judd Greenstein. Violist Ayane Kozasa and cellist/composer Paul Wiancko perform at 7:30 pm. Click here to check us out!
MAY 28, 2017:
I join the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to record a brand new piece by Steve Reich ("Pulse") for Nonesuch Records.
APRIL 30, 2017:
Performance with Alarm Will Sound at NYC's Symphony Space as part of an 80th birthday celebration for Steve Reich.
APRIL 23, 2017:
East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) at National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
ECCO, a conductorless chamber orchestra that I co-founded many years ago, performs at the spectacular National Gallery in D.C. In the mood for masterfully and meticulously crafted classical music? Come hear ECCO. For this special tour, we are joined by virtuoso harpist, Sivan Magen in the Philadelphia premiere of Chris Theofanidis' "A Thousand Cranes," alongside works by Caplet, Lutoslawski, and Suk. Concert info here.
APRIL 21, 2017:
East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) at Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
ECCO, a conductorless chamber orchestra that I co-founded many years ago, returns to one of our original homes, PCMS. In the mood for masterfully and meticulously crafted classical music? Come hear ECCO. For this special tour, we are joined by virtuoso harpist, Sivan Magen in the Philadelphia premiere of Chris Theofanidis' "A Thousand Cranes," alongside works by Caplet, Lutoslawski, and Suk. Concert info here.
MARCH 23-31, 2017:
Michi joins the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma for concerts in Harvard, Andover, and Abu Dhabi.
Show with William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, and Daniel Wohl
Curated by Kate Nordstrum and Infinite Palette, I'm joining a few of my favorite composers for an evening of electro-acoustic art songs. More info here.
JANUARY 22, 2017:
Solo Show with Michael Mizrahi at Rockwood in NY
Michael and I team up again for a New York show highlighting works both old and brand-spanking new. Details coming soon!
JANUARY 6-7, 2017:
Layla and Majnun: A Persian Love Story
The Mark Morris Dance Group, Silk Road Ensemble, and one of Azerbaijan's very own national treasures, mugham singer Alim Qasimov join forces in this epic production. If you live anywhere near Dartmouth, NH, don't miss this special collaboration! Click here for details and other tour cities: laylaandmajnun.org
NOVEMBER 14-20, 2016:
Tour of China, Korea, and Taiwan
with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
I'm thrilled to be joining this thoughtful and exciting group of artistic innovators for a tour of Asia. The Silk Road Ensemble spreads musical joy and global awareness one concert at a time. More info here.
NOVEMBER 1, 2016:
Steve Reich 80th Birthday and World Premiere at Carnegie Hall
I'll be joining ICE and So Percussion for this all-Reich program celebrating the 80th birthday of one of the 20th century's most iconic composers. More info here.
OCTOBER 6-8, 2016:
Layla and Majnun: A Persian Love Story
The Mark Morris Dance Group, Silk Road Ensemble, and one of Azerbaijan's very own national treasures, mugham singer Alim Qasimov join forces in this epic production. If you live anywhere near Seattle, don't miss this special collaboration! Click here for details and other tour cities: laylaandmajnun.org
AUGUST 31, 2016:
Jenn Wasner, William Brittelle, and
the String Orchestra of Brooklyn at LPR
I join the SOB as guest concertmaster, under the direction of Eli Spindel, to give performances of music by William Brittelle, Jenn Wasner, Aaron Roche, and myself at Le Poisson Rouge.
JULY 26, 2016:
Folk Songs for the Violin in Gill, Massachusetts
I give my very first performance in the town in which I live: a small farming community in western MA called Gill, MA. On the program are traditional folk songs for solo violin from China, Bulgaria, Romania, Ireland, and America, as well as one "modern" folk song improvised on the spot.
MAY 13, 2016:
ECCO performs World Premiere of Pierre Jalbert
My ensemble, The East Coast Chamber Orchestra performs the world premiere of String Theory, a new piece by Pierre Jalbert, commissioned and presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Solo Violin appearance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn
I'm thrilled to be opening for Michael Mizrahi's solo piano album release tour. I'll be performing works by electronic music guru, Paula Matthusen, avant-garde master, Salvatore Sciarrino, Thai music expert and mathematics wiz, Christopher Adler, 17th century musical prophet and weirdo, Heinrich Franz Ignaz von Biber, and architectural enthusiast and lover of beauty, Andrew Norman. Michael will then perform works by Missy Mazzoli, Mark Dancigers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Asha Srinivasan, Patrick Burke, and Troy Herion from his brand new album, Currents, released on New Amsterdam Records. Click here for tickets and more info.
Solo Violin appearance at The Arts Block, in Greenfield, MA
I'm thrilled to be opening for Michael Mizrahi's solo piano album release tour, in my new hometown, Greenfield. I'll be performing works by electronic music guru, Paula Matthusen, avant-garde master, Salvatore Sciarrino, Thai music expert and mathematics wiz, Christopher Adler, 17th century musical prophet and weirdo, Heinrich Franz Ignaz von Biber, and architectural enthusiast and lover of beauty, Andrew Norman. Michael will then perform works by Missy Mazzoli, Mark Dancigers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Asha Srinivasan, Patrick Burke, and Troy Herion from his brand new album, Currents, released on New Amsterdam Records. Click here to visit Arts Block Facebook page.
Solo Violin appearance at Constellation in Chicago
I'm thrilled to be opening for Michael Mizrahi's solo piano album release tour. I'll be performing works by electronic music guru, Paula Matthusen, avant-garde master, Salvatore Sciarrino, Thai music expert and mathematics wiz, Christopher Adler, 17th century musical prophet and weirdo, Heinrich Franz Ignaz von Biber, and architectural enthusiast and lover of beauty, Andrew Norman. Michael will then perform works by Missy Mazzoli, Mark Dancigers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Asha Srinivasan, Patrick Burke, and Troy Herion from his brand new album, Currents, released on New Amsterdam Records. Click here for tickets and details.
FEBRUARY 21-27, 2016:
Tour with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Performances and residencies in Santa Barbara, CA, Stanford, CA, and Carmel, IN.
FEBRUARY 11, 2016:
New Work for Sybarite5 at National Sawdust
New music ensemble Sybarite5 performs a modern baroque suite, to which I contributed a Bourrée. Click here for tickets and info!
JANUARY 11, 2016:
Appearance with EL VY on
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Performance and arrangement of a string section to accompany the band EL VY, comprised of The National's Matt Berninger and Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf. We performed the song Return to the Moon off of EL VY's new album of the same name, and an impromptu tribute to the late David Bowie with both EL VY and Colbert's awesome house band: Jon Batiste and Stay Human.
JANUARY 9-11, 2016:
Dog Days - An Opera by David T. Little
As part of the Prototype Festival, joining the new music ensemble Newspeak in 3 performances of this intensely brilliant work by composer David T. Little.
ECCO and a World Premiere
The East Coast Chamber Orchestra performance of the World Premiere of a piece by Chris Theofanidis at the Nasher Museum in Dallas on December 12th. The piece is called "1000 Cranes" after the story of Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima in the 1940's, and upon getting sick from radiation began to fold 1000 origami cranes as a symbol of hope. The program includes works by Jörg Widmann, Philippe Hersant, and a special version of Bach's Chaconne by the violinists of ECCO.
The SPCO in Asia
Liquid Music in St. Paul, MN
Click here to visit Liquid Music
New work for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Silk Road Ensemble at Harvard
ECCO plays La Follia
Made a Human
Performance with Judd Greenstein at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live on November 23rd. With a Fender Rhodes keyboard, some electronics, a 5 string violin and a couple of vocal mics, we present a program of all-original music plus the world premiere of my new work, Microbial Get-Together.
Commission for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Creation of an arrangement of Ravel's Tzigane for the orchestra and violin soloist Patricia Kopachinskaja . Performances of this and of Schubert's Death and the Maiden.
Concerts: November 28, 29 and 30 in St. Paul, MN
Tour dates with Vijay Iyer
Tour with Grammy-nominated composer/pianist extraordinaire, Vijay Iyer. The program includes Mutations, a work for string quartet, piano and electronics, which we recorded for ECM and premiered in Munich earlier this year. Also presenting Vijay's Radhe Radhe, a large-ensemble work performed alongside a visually stunning film by the late Prashant Bhargava depicting the colorful and intense Indian festival of Holi.
November 6 at the Strathmore in Washington D.C.
November 8 at OZ in Nashville, TN
November 9 at OZ in Nashville, TN
December 5 at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
December 18 at BAM in Brooklyn, NY
December 19 at BAM in Brooklyn, NY
December 20 at BAM in Brooklyn, NY
ECCO and the Indianapolis Violin Competition
This year, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra has the unique opportunity to participate in the world-renowned International VIolin Competition of Indianapolis. ECCO will serve as the accompanying ensemble during the final round of the competition, and also present its own concert which includes a performance of my arrangement of La Follia.
Congratulations to 2014 Gold Medalist, Jinjoo Cho!
Alarm Will Sound in Poland
I join the magnificent ensemble Alarm Will Sound for a performance of music by Steve Reich at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, Poland this fall.
World Premiere in Zurich
In May, I premiere my new piece Ode to Sherban Lupu at the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. With the incomparable Judd Greenstein on Fender Rhodes and electronics and me on my 5-string violin(a), we present a set of all-original works on this brand sparkling new multi-genre new music festival.
Bright Wave, a debut
Introducing my new electro-acoustic band, Bright Wave! A composer collective made up of 5 multi-instrumentalists, we'll be making our debut at the opening night of the Ecstatic Music Festival on February 1st. Our solo set will consist entirely of premieres - pieces written specifically for this concert by me, Bill Brittelle, and Aaron Roche. We will then embark on a collaborative set with the brilliant acoustic trio, Dawn of MIDI, and they will end with a solo set of their own. Tickets and info here!
Music for the Enso Quartet
I've been commissioned to write a string quartet for the Enso Quartet, to be premiered this spring. A STRING QUARTET! THE ENSOS! I'm so excited. Details soon!
The Mend, a film
A project I'm currently working on is co-composing a film soundtrack in collaboration with Judd Greenstein. The film is called The Mend, was written and directed by John Magary, produced by Myna Joseph, and stars Josh Lucas and a bunch of other great actors. We're very excited that it was just accepted to the SXSW festival!
To Munich! With Vijay Iyer
I'll be joining composer/improvisor extraordinaire, Vijay Iyer this coming season for some east and west coast performances of a set of his chamber music pieces for string quartet, piano, and electronics. I will post details about our stateside shows soon, but in the meantime, festivities start off at the Haus der Kunst in Munich on March 29, 2014.
The East Coast Chamber Orchestra has another wonderful season approaching, presenting an exciting new program of works by Gesualdo, Mozart, Satie, Ravel, Judd Greenstein, and a brand new piece by David Ludwig written for us this past summer and commissioned by the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. ECCO will be performing in Sarasota, Philadelphia, Worcester, Schenectady, and giving several performances throughout NYC. Click here for all the details!
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Strange Bloom is here!
Alice and Michi are thrilled to announce the US release
of their debut album. The album was released May 15
by Kenji Records and is available for
download through Bandcamp or iTunes.
CDs can be purchased through the A&M website.
MMDG in China
Michi makes her first trip to China this May,
performing Lou Harrison's Grand Duo
and Bartok's String Quartet No.4
for the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Performances at the Guanzhou Opera House
and Macau Cultural Centre.
Michi Wiancko at Barbés in Brooklyn
Sunday, May 6, 8pm sharp! Michi returns to her favorite venue, Barbés, for a very special hour in which eclectic violin recital collides with some original Kono Michi chamber-pop. Joined by pianist Dina Vainshtein on works for violin and piano, and featuring Andrea Lee on cello, Alex Sopp on flute, Mario Gotoh on viola, and Shawn Conley on bass for original Kono Michi music. (Suggested donation $10)
Kono Michi Covers Italian for France
Radio France asks Kono Michi to record a Paolo Conte
cover for their 2011 New Year's Eve Special.
My Monster EP and You Are The First Video Reviews
3hive writes of the video, "If that doesn't mesmerize you for a few minutes, then you're a sad, jaded soul and I feel for you..." and SoundPanda.com describes Kono Michi as having "an amazing and unique singing voice that is compelling and soothing at the same time." Go to the links above to check out both reviews.
Kono Michi Back in Brooklyn
Kono Michi is back from her UK Tour!
Hosted by Concert Artists Guild,
KM gets back together with some of her favorite people for a live show
at Barbés in Brooklyn.
(Suggested donation $10)
Kono Michi Preparing for UK Tour this Fall
Mike Sorensen Small (guitar/vox) and Grant Pringle
(drums) in a UK tour including appearances
Stay tuned for updates, details, and additional dates.
Kono Michi New EP Release
KM releases the One More Day EP
on Scottish indie label, Shark Batter Records.
Co-produced by Mike Sorensen Small.
Michi Wiancko releases a classical
violin solo album on Naxos
MW releases romantic violin works by French composer Emile Sauret,
accompanied by pianist Dina Vainshtein.