Meridian Music: Adria Otte, Kristina Dutton, Kanoko Nishi, Nava Dunkelman, & Trois Chapeaux

Kristina Dutton, violin
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
Adria Otte, electronics

Kristina Dutton is violinist/composer working in areas of: improvisation, new music, bioacoustics, soundscapes, extended techniques, interdisciplinary collaboration, quiet.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists.

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein. Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, George Lewis and many others. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others. She also formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray, as well as electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA, and improvisational duo DunkelpeK. Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression and space.

Adria Otte is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary focus has been on violin and guitar. She has performed in ensembles ranging from string quartets to rock bands to free improvisation groups and currently frequently collaborates with Dohee Lee and Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater, focusing on sound design and electronics.

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Trois Chapeau:
Tania Chen, toys & electronics
Kevin Corcoran, percussion
Jaroba, saxophone & invented instruments