UMMA-YA (Korean: MAMA-YA) tells the story of a young boy who learns he will be a mother. In their first Roulette Van Lier Fellowship performance, Eddy Kwon will be sharing existing and new solo work for this project-in-process. Combining violin, viola, voice, movement, and pre-recorded sound, UMMA-YA explores gender transgression & transformation, parenthood in a time of environmental crisis, and the spiritual legacies of colonialism.
Eddy Kwon—violin, viola, voice & body
Eddy Kwon (they/them) is a violinist/violist, vocalist, composer, improviser, and interdisciplinary performing artist based in Brooklyn. They are a United States Artists Ford Fellow, Hermitage Fellow, and Johnson Fellow for Artists Transforming Communities. In addition to a rigorous and evolving solo practice, they collaborate with artists of diverse disciplines, including The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Senga Nengudi, Tomeka Reid, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Jens Lekman, and Lizzy DuQuette. They have performed throughout the Americas and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Big Ears Festival, SESC Pompeia, Barbican Centre, Berlin Jazz Festival, Festival Banlieues Bleues, and more. Recent commissions include the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, National Performance Network, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. www.eddykwon.net