Thursday, April 26, 2018
Performing Arts Center 155 - Concert Hall
The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions since 2006. Both accomplished musicians in their own right, Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy came together after years of admiring each other’s work and discovering that their sounds could be combined to make something genuinely new and unique. Fittingly, the title of their debut CD, “Quenarimba I,” combines the names of their primary instruments, the quena, a traditional Andean flute, and the marimba. “Quenarimba I” showcases their distinctive combination of warm, natural wood sounds and takes the listener on a musical journey from Japan to South America. Playing a brand of music that is truly their own and not easily categorized, the Duo’s repertoire covers an amazingly wide range of styles with an innovative approach. In the Duo’s three other CDs entitled “Blue Tree,” “Quenarimba II” and “Summer Concert In Live 2008,” they played from an extensive catalog of Andean, traditional South American folk, Brazilian, Japanese, and Latin jazz compositions, as well as original compositions. The Duo has been invited to perform at festivals, universities, and venues all over Washington, Oregon and California. The Duo received their first invitation to Japan Tour in October 2007, where they performed in Tokyo, Kobe, Himi, Izumo and Kumamoto. Since then, they have returned to Japan eight times to hold their educational program and concert series. They have also performed in Chile and Bolivia in 2013. The Miho & Diego Duo makes it a primary goal to encourage cultural understanding through music. To achieve this goal they have developed a program that has been presented in Japan, the King County Library System, the Seattle Public Library System, Tacoma Public Library System, and various K-12 pubic schools and private schools that introduces youth to Japanese and South American folk music through participation and interactive activities. They also hold lecture recitals that combine both the educational and musical aspects of South American and Japanese music, as well as the history of marimba. They have visited more than 20 different King County Public Libraries for “Once Voice – One Land,” “Holiday Songs Around the World,” and “Ready, Set and Read” programs. For more information on this award-winning educational program, please visit www.mihodiego.com/musicaltrip to find more information. The Miho & Diego Duo’s music has been heard at Benaroya Hall, Seattle Center, University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Theatre, University of Washington Brechmin Auditorium, Japanese Garden Seattle, Seattle City Hall, Everett Community College, Green River Community College, John Stanford International School, University of Washington Tacoma, Microsoft, Pacific Lutheran University, Bellevue Art Museum, Tacoma Ethnic Fest, Bethany United Christ of Church and other venues in Washington, Oregon and California. They have been supported/sponsored by the King County Public Library System, the Seattle Public Library Immigrant & Refugee Programs, Northwest Immigrant rights Project, Washington State Refugee and Immigrant Conference, Kansai Band Association (Japan), and Seattle International Children’s Festival, City of Renton, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to name a few. The Duo has also featured on various radio stations, including, KUOW 94.9FM and KBCS 91.3FM. Their recording project with a poet entitled Tu Ángel Francisco has been played on Radio Maria for the Pope Francis’ visit to New York in 2015. The Miho & Diego Duo has been a recipient of the King County 4Culture Special Program Grant 2007, 2008 and 2009, 2013, 2014 and received an artist residency through the Washington State Artist Trust’s Centrum program Port Townsend, WA. The Duo also received a grant from Awesome Foundation in 2014, and “Artists in Residence” award in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival that was granted by the Washington State Arts Commission and National Endowments for the Arts.