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Sculpting a uniquely diverse musical life for herself as a soloist, chamber musician, composer, singer, and arranger, Michi Wiancko was described in Gramophone as an "alluring soloist with heightened expressive and violinistic gifts." She made her recital debut in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, her solo debuts with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and released an album of the violin works of Émile Sauret on Naxos last year. Michi is a co-founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), which recently released a recording of Michi’s unique arrangement of Geminiani’s “La Follia” on E1 Records.
Michi is a co-founder of a new electro-acoustic ensemble and composer collective called Bright Wave, which will make its debut in Merkin Hall this coming February as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, premiering works by Michi, Bill Brittelle, and Aaron Roche. As singer, violinist and song-writer for her band Kono Michi, she performs original works in venues such as Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Brooklyn’s BAM Café, Le Poisson Rouge, Barbes, Pianos, The Detroit Institute of Art, and the World Café Live in Philadelphia. The Strad describes the sound as “intriguing and exquisitely beautiful…music that breaks through the pop classical barrier.”
She is currently working on a new film score project, collaborating with composer Judd Greenstein to co-create the soundtrack to a film written and directed by John Magary, produced by Myna Joseph, and starring Josh Lucas. Upcoming projects also include domestic and international performances with composer/improvisor Vijay Iyer, in collaboration with a record release of his chamber music. Recently commissioned by the Enso String Quartet, Michi is currently composing a piece for them that will be premiered this spring.
Michi was born and raised in Southern California and began her violin studies at the age of 3. She holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Robert Mann, respectively.
HIGHLIGHTS & HAPPENINGS:
Upcoming! 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.
Upcoming! 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
Upcoming! 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 had the unique opportunity to participate in the world-renowned International VIolin Competition of Indianapolis. ECCO served as the accompanying ensemble during the final round of the competition, and also presented its own concert which included a performance of my arrangement of La Follia.
Congratulations to 2014 Gold Medalist, Jinjoo Cho!
Alarm Will Sound in Poland
I joined 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 premiered 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 presented 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.