February: Made a Human
Introducing Aki Dalia Greenstein! b. 2/16/15
March: ECCO plays La Follia
My beloved chamber orchestra, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, tours with my arrangement of Geminiani's "La Follia"
June: New Recording Project
This month heralds in a new project that I'm extremely excited about. I'll be commissioning around a dozen of my favorite composers to write short pieces for either solo violin (inclusion of electronics and vocals optional). I'm itching to say more, but I'll leave it at that for now. Stay tuned!
August: Silk Road Ensemble at HarvardOctober: New work for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
I'll be joining Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Harvard in performance and as a faculty member of the "Arts and Passion Driven Learning Institute." I'll be performing with the ensemble as well as helping to conduct a workshop about creativity and improvisation. This all happens during the first week of August, and is open to registered participants.
The SPCO has commissioned me to create an orchestral version of Prokofiev's intimate, quirky, and powerfully beautiful Five Melodies (originally for violin and piano). I will join the group in performance, and we will be premiering this work on the weekends of October 17th and 24th.
I will be premiering a new work at the super fresh new music series curated by Kate Nordstrum in St. Paul, MN. I will also be performing with the band Wye Oak, arranging their songs for a electro-acoustic chamber-band-like setting. I will also be performing in the premiere of Bill Brittelle's Spiritual America. Basically, you should get yourself to St. Paul by any means necessary. Click here to visit Liquid Music
November: The SPCO in Asia
I'll once again join The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for a tour that includes performances of my Prokofiev arrangement, and takes us to Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia.
December: ECCO and a World Premiere
The East Coast Chamber Orchestra will be performing the World Premiere of a piece by Chris Theofanidis at the Nasher Museum in Dallas on December 12th. The piece will be 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 will also include works by Jörg Widmann, Philippe Hersant, and a special version of Bach's Chaconne by the violinists of ECCO.
World Premiere at
World Café Live in Philly
Judd Greenstein and I take our duo act to 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'll present a program of all-original music plus the world premiere of my new work, Microbial Get-Together.
Fun Times with
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
The brilliant SPCO recently commissioned me to write a arrangement of Ravel's Tzigane for the orchestra and violin soloist Patricia Kopachinskaja (if you have never heard her, YOU MUST). I'll be joining the orchestra in performances of this special rendition, and I'm thrilled to also be joining them for several performances of Schubert's Death and the Maiden.
Concerts: November 28, 29 and 30 in St. Paul, MN
Tour dates with Vijay Iyer
I'm excited to announce an upcoming tour with Grammy-nominated composer/pianist extraordinaire, Vijay Iyer. The program will include Mutations, a work for string quartet, piano and electronics, which we recorded for ECM and premiered in Munich earlier this year. We'll also be presenting Vijay's Radhe Radhe, a large-ensemble work performed alongside a visually stunning film depicting the colorful and intense Indian festival of Holi. Highly recommended!
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
Music for Sybarite5
I wrote a Bourrée! For Sybarite5. They commissioned six composers to each write a movement to be part of a modern "baroque suite." Click here for more information about this awesome project.
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!
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
KM joins forces with Scottish musicians including
Mike Sorensen Small (guitar/vox) and Grant Pringle
(drums) in a UK tour including appearances
in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
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.