MiolinaNew York, NY NYC Impact Fund
Miolina was formed in 2012 when artistic director/violinist Mioi Takeda decided to form a violin duo with longtime collaborator, violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold. To date, the duo has had successful performances in NYC at Brooklyn College, The Church of the Transfiguration, City Lore, Gallery MC, Greenwich House Music School, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, National Opera Center, NoMad Loft, Parsons School of Design, Queens Library, Rockwood Music Hall, Spectrum, St. Mark’s Church, Tenri Cultural Institute, and Turtle Bay Music School. In addition, they’ve had concerts at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago; at Monk Space in Los Angeles; at the Cité Internationale des Arts and l’Institut Finlandais in Paris, France; at Center for New Music in San Francisco; at Koendori Classics and Monten Hall in Tokyo, Japan; and at Corner Store Arts in Washington, DC. They have also performed on series and festivals such as the Birmingham New Music Festival, Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, ComposerFest XIII at Pensacola State College, Electronic Music Midwest, JUMP, and Soft Series. In July 2017, they had a productive residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, working with two different composers as part of Avaloch’s New Music Initiative. Upcoming performances take place in Queens, NY in early September, and in Washington, DC, at the Sonic Circuits Festival, in late September, 2018.
Miolina specializes in violin duo music that employs the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, with or without electronics and video. They enjoy collaborating on new compositions with composers, as well as discovering hidden gems of the past. To date, they have premiered 31 violin duos. Some of their recent collaborators include multi-instrumentalist Ken Butler, cellist Jennifer DeVore, percussionists Ian Ding and Eric Millstein, soprano Sharon Harms, and violinists Mari Kimura and Machiko Ozawa. Miolina’s future productions include creating music for silent Japanese films of the 1920s, and an educational program about immigration and its influence on composers. Both violinists are longtime advocates of new music, and perform with various new music groups, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Composers Concordance, Glass Farm Ensemble, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, VIA, & Zentripetal. They are honored to have been chosen to join the New Music USA Impact Cohort in 2017. They are also recipients of a 2018 Arts Access grant from the Queens Council on the Arts, a 2017 grant from Japan Foundation NY, a 2015 grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and 2014 and 2016 grants from New York Women Composers. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit. As of January, 2018, Mioi and Lynn are both board members of New York Women Composers.
Miolina performs Karen Tanaka’s ‘Shibuya Tokyo’ on Ladies First series.
Live performance from 2 October 2016 at the National Opera Center in NYC.
Minnehaha Miniatures by Lynn Bechtold for two violins and pre-recorded electronics.
Miolina performs Lynn Bechtold’s ‘Minnehaha Miniatures’ at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, August 2016. Composed for Miolina. Alex Inglizian, sound engineer.