NOMA presents a series of virtual concerts featuring a range of music’s best and brightest performing from their homes. Assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, enjoy these relaxed and informal music experiences with acclaimed musicians from New Orleans and beyond.
ABOUT HARUKA KIKUCHI AND YOSHITAKA “Z2” TSUJI
Haruka Kikuchi was born in Japan and always had a knack and a love for music, listening to as much of it as she could at a young age as well as picking up instruments like piano and violin. It wasn’t until she heard an old recording of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band that she decided to pick up a trombone, a decision that would predicate her later move to New Orleans.
Since she arrived in the city, she has been playing with Shotgun Jazz Band, Shake’Em Up Jazz Band, Preservation Hall All Stars, Kermit Ruffins, and many others both within and beyond the US at festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival. Kikuchi was a nominated member for 61st Grammy Awards, Best Regional Roots Music Album on Cha Wa’s album SpyBoy. In April 2020, a new compilation album from her Japan: New Orleans Collection Series debuted and is now available on online and at the Louisiana Music Factory.
Yoshitaka “Z2” Tsuji was born in Osaka, Japan. He started playing the piano at the age of 5, but his passion for jazz piano really grew when he was 18. From 2000 to 2010, he performed in Japan, Korea, and Spain, among other nations. He moved to New Orleans in May 2010. He currently has his own band and has been a member of Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers since 2012. Each year he performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, and other music festivals in New Orleans. He has performed on the albums All About Everything by John Boutte (2012), #imsoneworleans by Kermit Ruffins (2015), Funk’n’nfeathers by Cha Wa (2016), and Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years (2018). In 2016, he appeared on a documentary TV program Asian Dreamer broadcasted by NHK World in New York. He released his first album, Homie, in 2016, and released a digital album on the twentieth anniversary of his musical life, From The Beginning, in 2020.
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ABOUT CINDY SCOTT AND BRIAN SEEGER
New Orleans-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Cindy Scott and guitarist Brian Seeger have been cultivating their magical musical connection for over a decade now. The pair have wowed audiences around the world, including concerts in Kazakhstan, Turkey, Morocco and across the US and Europe. Although they both have serious jazz credentials, their performances and songwriting embrace a multitude of sounds including the music of New Orleans and Americana.
About Lilli Lewis
Trained as opera singer and classical pianist, genre-busting Americana Soul Diva Lilli Lewis has been a composer, producer and performing artist for over 20 years. Her last two critically acclaimed albums were the solo The Henderson Sessions, and The Lilli Lewis Project’s We Belong. She performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s last show before statewide Covid-19 shutdown: “Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music.”
ABOUT CATHERINE BENT AND STEPHEN PAUL GUERRA
Catherine Bent is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, and has a studio for individual lessons (remote and in person) and courses in Cello Flow and Brazilian grooves for cello. She has performed with Cirque du Soleil, Joe Jackson, Enya, Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Anthony Braxton, Donna Summer, and Kanye West, and has credits as a side musician and arranger on dozens of pop, jazz, and world music recordings. In Brazil she has played on Rádio Nacional multiple times with legendary choro band Época de Ouro. Current projects include Trio de Janeiro, Macayú Trio, Quebra Tudo! and (as percussionist) folkloric dance band Forró Zabumbeca. With vocalist/guitarist Elis Roseira she is producing a new album soon to be released.
Catherine’s 2018 album Ideal,an original tribute to Brazilian traditional music, has been hailed as “One of the best Brazilian recordings you’ll hear this year” (Vancouver Sun). Roots World states that “Bent’s compositions…have an instantly classic sound that’ll get you swinging and swaying with delight.” Ideal is available at the bandcamp website.
STEPHEN PAUL GUERRA
Specializing in Brazilian guitar (violão brasileiro), Stephen Paul Guerra performs at music clubs, cultural centers, and universities around the US as a soloist and accompanist and has shared the stage with Rogério Souza, Duo Violão, Ami Molinelli, Tiago do Bandolim, Regional de NY, Catherine Bent, and Q Morrow, among others. In March 2020, his classical guitar duo project Duo Guerra/Morrow released its debut album Choro in the Time of Bossa Nova, supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council. He is a published author writing about questions of rhythm and meter in African-diasporic music of the Americas and has a PhD in music theory from Yale University.
NOMA is committed to uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures through the arts — now more than ever. Your gift will make a direct and immediate impact as NOMA welcomes our community back to the museum and sculpture garden, plans new exhibitions, and develops virtual and at-home arts education resources for school partners.