The experimental musician Miya Masaoka is coming to Oberlin as a part of the Luce Margin Release lecture series. Masaoka is an American artist who often performs on the Japanese 17-string koto zither. Her work blends electronic innovations (such as using additional laser beams ‘strings’ above the koto zither ) and concept-based, often improvisational performance. A member of the Bay Area Improv Scene, Masaoka is noted for her performance “What’s the Difference Between Stripping and Playing the Violin?” on Market Street which combined dozens of musicians, male and female exotic dancers and taped interviews with sex workers.
During her visit to Oberlin, Miya Masaoka will give a lunchtime lecture at the Cat and the Cream coffeehouse on Thursday November 19th at noon (pizza will be served). Then, the following Saturday (the 21st) at 4pm two Oberlin student groups, WAM! and OINC, will perform Masaoka’s work, including “For Birds, Planes and Musicians” and “Jagged Pyramid”. The concert will be directed by Julia Christiansen and Per Bloland. Masaoka will play with students during the performance after intensive rehearsals. The show will be at the ‘Sco in Wilder and is free of charge.