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Miyamoto Is Black Enough

(M)iyamoto is Black Enough

ARTISTS

Andy Akiho
Roger Bonair-Agard
 
Sean Dixon
Jeffrey Zeigler

BIOGRAPHY

(M)iyamoto is Black Enough is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation, named after Ariana Miyamoto, a Japanese national who grew up as a self-described mixed race “hafu,” the child of an African American father and Japanese mother. After winning Miss Universe Japan 2015, many Japanese expressed concern at her lack of “pure” parentage—that she was not Japanese enough. Unfortunately, Miyamoto's story is not an uncommon one as African diasporic culture is made up of millions of Africans of mixed origin who are frequently disowned by their non-African sides. Black diasporic culture draws those to its massive collective and ever evolving flex. Blackness, in its cultural production, is constantly teaching the world a lesson about what it might look like to live in harmony with the rest of its selves.

 

However, (M)iyamoto is Black Enough is performed by a contemporary, hybrid Kaisoca Jazz P(f)unk band that boasts two “hafu” of their own—plus a Trinidadian poet and an Irish/Finnish/Swedish hip-hop influenced drummer—whose sound searches for a home at the same time as it relishes in the boxes it refuses to occupy. Moreover, this band emphatically believes that Miyamoto is most certainly Black enough.

 

This work celebrating Miyamoto’s legacy is a blend of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steelpan, cello, drums, and poetry/vocals. Drawing from a melange of musical styles, (M)iyamoto is Black Enough forms a brash symphony that nods the head, moves the feet, and asks listeners/viewers to challenge and disturb their own comfort. The resulting work is a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.

Miyamoto is Black Enough is produced by National Sawdust.

"...incandescent in its synergy between music and poetry." 
~ Los Angeles Times
 
"...a group so in tune with the chaos and flux of our time that witnessing its performance felt at times like participating in a revolution." 
Arts & Culture Texas 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Andy Akiho

Described as "mold-breaking," "alert and alive," "dramatic," and "vital" by The New York Times, Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. Recent engagements include commissioned premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW; a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and three concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His compositions have been featured on PBS's "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and by organizations such as Bang on a Can, American Composers Forum, and The Society for New Music.

Roger Bonair-Agard

Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, and Brooklyn. He is author of tarnish & masquerade, (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books, 2010), Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and won the Society of Midland Authors award for poetry; and Where Brooklyn At?! (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2016). Among the places his poetry and prose have been published are Rattapallax, Louisville University Review, Union Station Magazine, Harvard Review Online, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets – Poem a Day, Drunken Boat, Poetry Magazine Online, Callaloo, Apex Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and in several anthologies Roger is Writer-in-Residence at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project, and frontman for the band Miyamoto is Black Enough. A Cave Canem fellow, Roger is creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: Reading Series, and the Baldwin Protocols, a series of arts-based interventions in the form of workshops, seminars and lectures which help students of color and first generation students traverse the potential pitfalls of life in Primarily White Institutions of higher learning. Roger has taught Creative Writing at every level from Kindergarten to Research 1 Universities. He is Program Director and writes on Pedagogy and Curriculum design with Free Write Arts & Literacy at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Chicago, IL. He is the father of Uma, Nina and Arima.

Sean Dixon

Sean Dixon is a composer, producer, drummer, bassist and educator based in New York City. He has performed, toured and/or recorded with Gotye’s Ondioline Orchestra, Maxwell, Aloe Blaac, Doyle Bramhall II, Amy Helm, Miyamoto Is Black Enough, Andy Akiho, Helga Davis, and many others.  He joined the critically acclaimed band Zammuto in 2011 going on to record two albums, ‘Zammuto’ (2012), ‘Anchor’ (2014) and tour internationally through 2015. During this time he co-lead the band SLVrecording an EP with Meshell N'degeocello 'Dig Deeper’ (2012) and producing two full length albums 'This Kind’ (2015) and 'Piece Of Mind’ (2018). 

Jeffrey Zeigler

Jeffrey Zeigler was the cellist of the Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. During his tenure he worked with such luminaries as Steve Reich, Tom Waits and Noam Chomsky. Since then he has commissioned dozens of works and has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Terry Riley, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq and Glenn Kotche among others. Mr. Zeigler has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Royal Danish Radio Symphony and the Basel Symphony. In 2020 he will give the world premiere of a cello concerto by Mark Adamo with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

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