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Motoko Honda / Phillip Greenlief (Fair Use)
MUSIC: 1st Set: Motoko Honda - keyboard // 2nd Set: Phillip Greenlief - alto and tenor saxophones, Bb clarinet. Featuring solo and duet sections.

Motoko Honda and Phillip Greenlief solo / duo – Earthwise Productions

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Date(s) - 07/31/2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mitchell Park


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RSVP / REGISTER TODAY – Free concert, part of a series, by Earthwise Productions and Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Note: Change of venue from Palo Alto Art Center to Mitchell Park (outdoor amphitheater), due to recent indoor COVID pandemic restrictions.

2:00 PM – 1st Set

Critically-acclaimed Japanese-born composer/pianist/multimedia artist Motoko Honda has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music, her collaborative sensibility to multiple art forms and inspired use of innovative technologies. Portrayed as a “Keyboard Alchemist”(Chris Barton, L.A.Times) and the “Embodiment of a Muse” (Greg Burk, metaljazz.com), Honda has fascinated critics and audiences alike with her genre-defying innovative approach to piano playing and composing. With stylistic influences ranging from jazz to Indonesian music and contemporary prepared & electrified piano, Honda is a musical force of nature, bringing a unique creative sound to her solo works and wide-ranging collaborations. Her music transports audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of traditional contemporary music concerts.

2:45 PM – 2nd Set (Note: Scott Amendola will not be performing due to illness.)

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief has achieved international acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers.

Scott Amendola – drums and Phillip Greenlief – saxophones are veteran Bay Area jazz improvisers. They played an Earthwise Productions event in 2019 at Mitchell Park Center. Amendola also appeared with Charlie Hunter, T.J. Kirk, Wil Blades and his own bands. Earthwise’s first concert in 15 months, this event is part of a series of free events including; AUG 7: La Dona (SOLD OUT) and AUG 14: David James / Beth Custer / Alan Williams trio (guitar, clarinet, trombone, voice).

Visit the Palo Alto Art Center galleries before or after the show, between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, to see art by Lava Thomas, Titus Kaphar, and others, “The Black Index” guest curated by Bridget R. Cooks. Although unofficially so, the Earthwise series is in dialogue with the art show, or a reaction to it, or a tribute. How do words, images and melody affect societal change? What is the distinction between the arts and entertainment? How does hearing new music influence the way you see or make art?

Presented by Mark Weiss dba Earthwise

IMAGES courtesy of Phillip Greenlief (Fair Use)

One comment

  1. ArtsEarth says:

    I was just notified that I HAVE TO PLAY the KEYBOARD instead of beautiful 10 foot concert grand for my concert tomorrow, BECAUSE OF THE COVID!!! The city/state agency just changed the indoor event rule, so now concert has to happen outdoor. I will deal with it, but really tough, considering the program I’ve been thinking/preparing – now I’m thinking should I change the program? But there is no time for it, it’s tomorrow!

    LET’S GET VACCINATED if you are able/eligible and/or WEAR MASKS/SOCIAL DISTANCE diligently to stop this pandemic as soon as possible. We all have suffered enough from this, and we could have been enjoying more normal life by now if we all make the effort to stop this using the tool[s] available to all of us. I will do my best tomorrow, I will play the keyboard with best of my ability outdoor no matter how challenging it is, following the protocol and for the safety of many people. THANKS!!!!!
    -Mokoto Honda – https://www.motokohonda.com/

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