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Unknown Mirrors

Miyama McQueen-Tokita-koto

Ryan Williams - recorders

UNKNOWN MIRRORS is the unexpected combination of koto (Japanese zither) and recorder.  The two ancient instruments produce an utterly unique sound world based on original compositions and masterful improvisations._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ In 2019 their first album was launched in Japan, followed by a performance at the 2020 Peninsula Summer Music Festival in the Mornington Peninsula. Their performance is sometimes energetic and upbeat, sometimes blissful and embracing, with an array of influences including contemporary classical, folk , alternative pop, traditional Japanese and Baroque.  The result is both fresh and familiar to the contemporary ear, whilst reflecting the history, culture and tradition of the instruments.


Unknown Mirrors

A duo with a unique combination of koto and recorder. Two traditional musical instruments create a sound world never heard before through original music and improvisation. Their performances produce music that is sometimes energetic and light, sometimes beautiful and comfortable, and their influences span a wide range of genres, including contemporary music, folk, indie pop, Japanese music, and baroque. Their music, fresh yet somehow nostalgic, simultaneously reflects the history, culture and tradition of the instrument. In 2019, he released his first album “Your Ten Is My Twelve” in Japan, and in 2020, he performed at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival in Australia.

Album Your Ten Is My Twelve on sale now:

Ilgenfriz/Cox/McQueen-Tokita trio

Koto, double bass, drum trio project started in NYC, 2019.  Combining backgrounds and influences of new music, jazz and experimental, brought together to create improvised music in a world of its own.

A koto, drum, and bass trio formed in New York. With a background in contemporary music, jazz, and experimental music, the three performers perform completely improvised music.

James Ilgenfriz - double bass

Jessie Cox - drums

Miyama McQueen-Tokita koto

Ito to Ito thread to thread

This duo with Miyama and Masao Tajima on contrabass has been collaborating and performing since early 2014.  The duo bring their unique sensitivities and influences from a broad range of genres._cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ The duo performs original compositions, free improvisation and some covers from varying genres. 

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