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Jun Miyake & Todd Harper Musical Ecology
September 30 @ 6:00 pm$15 - $25
6:00 pm artist reception; 7:30 pm concert. Join ACF for an artist reception and composer meet-up, and stay for the concert! Composer and improviser Todd Harper welcomes guest artist Jun Miyake for five days of world premieres, new collaborations, and musical improvisations inspired by beauty, community, and natural settings. On 9/30 they’ll present Musical Ecology Three and Four: First set features percussionist Heather Barringer and drummer Eric Coursen with extended works and “jazz lieder” including the premiere of Todd Harper’s Urban Sparrow Dreams. The second set welcomes community improvisors to join in an “inventing session.”
Note: The previous night Todd and Jun will present Musical Ecology Two: Lyrical free jazz compositions and inventions with bassist Keith Yanes, and drummer Eric Coursen. $15 each night, or $25 for both nights.
Todd Harper is a composer, pianist, singer and combo leader from St. Paul. He has studied with Carei Thomas, Franz Kamin, & Bill Banfield. Harper has written for college percussion ensemble, mandolin orchestra, rural community theatre production, and schools. Harper has co-curated events, including “ Keys Please…piano music of 3 genterations”, with pianists Paul Cantrell & Carei Thomas, 2001-2016., Harper is a working pianist/singer in the area, having performed in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Zumbrota Farmer’s Market, and many senior residences.
Jun Miyake is a flutist and saxophonist born in Toyo’oka in Hyogo Japan. He is a graduate of the An Jazz School of Kyoto and studied woodwinds privately with Kenji Mori. He accomplished honors in flute study at Berklee College of Music with Matt Marvgulio. He piloted an ensemble that toured the Northeast named Groove Merchant in the late 1990’s. He plays regularly on the upper West Side of Manhattan in addition to making occasional re-visits to Japan, sharing his gifts.