Excellent music this weekend: Concourse Counterpoint and Music from Japan!

Photo by John Gurrin: The Momenta Quartet at the Andrew Freedman Home

It’s a busy musical weekend ahead with the 45th Anniversary Music from Japan Festival at The Scandinavia House this Saturday, February 22 at 7pm and Sunday, February 23 at 5pm – and also – the continuation of my FREE salon concert series, Concourse Counterpoint this Saturday, February 22 at 3pm at the Andrew Freedman Home, featuring my co-curator and amazing jazz bassist Hilliard Greene with jazz guitarist Bruce Edwards!

Music from Japan Festival
February 22 at 7pm and February 23 at 5pm
Volvo Hall, Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Every year Music from Japan presents two concerts in New York City: a portrait concert introducing one established Japanese living composer to American audiences, and a group concert celebrating the high quality and stylistic diversity of contemporary music in Japan, curated by a Japanese scholar. I am playing in one piece on the opening concert of music by Noriko Koide, and the Momenta Quartet is featured in four totally different and equally amazing pieces on the February 23rd concert!

February 22, 7pm: The Works of Noriko Koide:

Mistoffelees for percussion and alto saxophone (2007/2013)* 
tik-tik bird for cello solo (with voice) (2019)*
HONE for alto saxophone and koto (2019)*
Tipsy Steps for accordion and piano (2013)* 
A Holiday of Island Hoppers for piccolo and 13-string koto (2008/2019)* 
YEBISU for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet and piano (2013)*
BISHAMON for baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, accordion and percussion (2019)** 

Sunday February 23, 5pm: 
Identity, what does it matter? New Generations in Japan
featuring Momenta Quartet

5:00pm pre-concert lecture by the curator Seiji Choki
5:30pm Seiji Choki curated concert followed by Open Forum

Yu Kuwabara: Three Voices for violin, viola and cello (2017) *  
Tomoko Fukui: color song III for guitar solo (2013)* 
Takeo Hoshiya: Music for Four Stringed Instruments (2014/2019)*
Chiku Komiya: For Formalistic Formal (SONATA?) Form For Four for string quartet (MFJ commission) (2019)**
Yuka Shibuya: Into the Offing for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and conductor (2019)*
Jummei Suzuki : Gewürzwolfie?!  for string quartet (2015/2017)*

* US Premiere
** Music From Japan Commission and World Premiere 

General: $20; Students and seniors: $15

And on Saturday, February 22 at 3pm, Concourse Counterpoint presents:


The Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452

Bruce Edwards, guitar
Hilliard Greene, double bass

In a concert of jazz classics from great musicians associated with the Bronx


Delicious coffee is available for purchase in the lobby through the Freedman Home’s weekly “Caffeine of the Concourse” coffee house

Bring your friends, families and children – all are welcome!

Bruce Edwards – Guitarist
Guitarist/Composer Bruce Edwards was a member of Sun Ra’s Arkestra from 1984-1998, traveling all over the planet and appearing on recordings such as “Sun Ra Sextet Live at the Village Vanguard”, “Destination Unknown”, “A Night in East Berlin” and more. In addition, he has performed/recorded with artists such as James Carter (CD: At the Crossroads) Charles Tolliver, Gary Bartz, Pharaoh Sanders, and GE Smith and Lenny Pickett of the Saturday Night Live Band to name just a few. Called  “A Master of his instrument” by John Kelman of All About Jazz, for the past several years he’s focused on composing and producing music for films and TV, winning a Telly Award for his original music and sound design in 2006, as well as teaching guitar for Jazzmobile, The New School, and privately. 

Hilliard (Hill) Greene – Bassist
Hilliard Greene has been performing music internationally for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. Greene studied at the University of Northern Iowa, Berklee College of Music and graduated from Empire College. Greene has performed/recorded/toured with Jimmy Scott, serving as his bassist/Musical Director and with Cecil Taylor where he was Concert Master for his group“ Phtongos”. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Bass Collective in New York City and former staff bassist at Minton’s in Harlem a.k.a. Minton’s Playhouse. Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In&Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet. He produced three CD’s with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, two solo bass recordings entitled “Alone” and “Spirituals” (a recording that features music from the Underground Railroad) and co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD. He is featured on 50 plus Cd’s as a sideman.

Concourse Counterpoint concerts will take place once a month, on Saturday afternoons at 3pm – and as part of my mission to share music with this wonderful neighborhood, admission is FREE. I chose this time to coincide with the “Caffeine on the Concourse,” so you can all enjoy coffee and pastries (if they last!) If anyone has any hesitation to come up here, it is only 2 stops away from Manhattan on the D or 4 trains – and there is plenty to do when you get up here! Leave some time to visit the Freedman Home’s art gallery and the Bronx Museum across the street. (Both are always free admission.)