ROULETTE BENEFIT $20: Okkyung Lee, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeishi, Elliott Sharp, Maria Chavez, Kato Hideki

Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

Curated by Shoko Nagai

Okkyung Lee – cello
Kato Hideki – bass/analog synth
Maria Chavez – turntable
Satoshi Takeishi – percussion, electronics
Shoko Nagai – piano, moog, auto harp
Elliott Sharp – guitar

A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. Using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques
to create her unique blend of music. Okkyung has released her debut album, Nihm on Tzadik; a duo recording with Christian Marclay on My Cat is an Alien label’s split LP series; and a solo cello album I saw the Ghost of an Unknown Soul and it Said.

Kato Hideki (Kato:family name; Hideki: given) is a Japanese-born composer/bassist/multi-instrumentalist, who lives in NYC. He is the co-founder of Death Ambient with Ikue Mori & Fred Frith. His other groups as a leader are: Green Zone with Otomo Yoshihide & Uemura Masahiro; OMNI wtih Nakamura Toshimaru & Akiyama Tetsuzi. His compositions include: solo piece “Turbulent Zone” for electric bass with prime number tuning; “Tremolo of Joy” for his band with Charles Burnham, Briggan Krauss, Ed Tomney & Calvin Weston. Besides his own projects, Kato collaborates with Nicolas Collins, James Fei and Ursula Scherrer. As a bassist and composer, he has worked with Andy Gonzalez, Eyvind Kang, John King, Karen Manter, Zeena Parkins, Jim Pugliese, Michael Schumacher, Steve Swallow, John Zorn and among many others. He is also a member of analog synthesizer collective, Analogos at Diapason Gallery. (

Born in Peru, avant-turntablist Maria Chavez currently resides in
Brooklyn, New York. With a collection of new and broken needles that
she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, she harnesses
the electro-acoustic sounds of vinyl and needle.
Chavez made her New York City debut in a duet with Thurston Moore of
Sonic Youth, collaborated with fellow turntablist Otomo Yoshihide as
part of the 2007 Wien Modern Festival, and recently shared a stage
with Pauline Oliveros and Lydia Lunch during Vienna’s Phonofemme festival 2009.

Satoshi Takeishi, sound artist, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. He studied music at Berklee
College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went
to live in Colombia. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he
worked on while in Colombia was ‘Macumbia’ with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and
classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts
honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. and his
interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American
oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as
Ray Barretto, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony
Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Erik friedlander, Paul Giger, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big
Band and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local
musicians, composers and touring all over the world.

Shoko Nagai- Born in Nagoya, Japan, composer and pianist. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999, she
moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as
John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Miho Hatori (cibomatto), Cuong Vu, Ikue Mori, Butch Morris, Guillermo E Brown, Matana Roberts, Tom
Rainy to name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York’s best musicians has performed extensively at
the BlueNote, The Stone, The Kitchen, Location One, Vision Festival as well as at other top New York clubs and concert. Nagai
released 3 differnt recordings. Nagai has performed in Finland (Tampere Jazz festival 2008), Italy (Sicily Jazz Festival 2007)
Brasil (res Festival 2007)Norway (Natt Jazz Festival 1998) in Germany (Electro music festival in Berlin 2009, Moers Jazz Festival 2006), touring in Japan, US, Switzerland, and Israel. She is also workng on a new project “Vortex” which is a free improvisation duo with piano (Shoko Nagai) and electronics (Satoshi Takeishi). They scored Japanese full featured movie called ” Starfish Hotel” directed by John Williams. Also Shoko Nagai scored French featured movie called ” L’ Amour Cache’ ” conducted by Butch Morris. 2004 Grant for JazzJaunts winner. A project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musical traditions from their cultural roots, spanning South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, South India, Iraq, Japan, and the Jewish Diaspora. She is curating @ The Stone in 2010.

Elliott Sharp leads Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered use of fractals, chaos theory, and genetics in musical composition. His collaborators have included Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Debbie Harry; computer artist Perry Hoberman; blues legend Hubert Sumlin; jazz greats Jack deJohnette and Sonny Sharrock; and turntablist Christian Marclay. Sharp’s work was featured at New Music Stockholm 2008 and at the Frankfurt Klangbiennale 2007 with “On Corlear’s Hook” for the Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt. His music-theater work “Binibon” premiered in May 2009 at The Kitchen and he has also recently composed the score to Toni Dove’s science-fiction film “Spectropia.” “Doing The Don’t”, a feature documentary by Bert Shapiro on Sharp’s work has just been released on DVD.