Motoko Honda
Music & Performance
Part of the series JazzPOP: No Bounds

Motoko Honda’s Simple Excesses

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Pianist, composer, and improviser, Motoko Honda is a musical force of nature, who blends jazz with chamber music, electronic music, and the sounds of music from around the globe. Long a vital part of the L.A. improvised music community as a collaborator with Wadada Leo Smith, Jeff Gauthier, Mike Watt, Elliott Sharp, and others, the Bay Area-based "keyboard alchemist" (Los Angeles Times) returns to lead a quartet featuring some of Northern California’s most inventive, versatile sidemen through intricate compositions that layer taut rhythms and lush melodies.

Motoko Honda, keyboard
Cory Wright, woodwinds
Miles Wick, acoustic bass
Jordan Glenn, drums


JazzPOP, the Hammer’s creative jazz festival, celebrates its 13th season with three concerts featuring the music of visionary West Coast musician/composers. Expect brilliant improvisation nested in carefully-crafted compositions, and jazz colored with the nuances of contemporary chamber music, and sounds and grooves from across the world.

Organized by San Francisco Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa.

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