Saturday Aug 8th 2015 @Pyramid Atlantic

Akihiko Ando, Kevin McHugh, Jason Mullinax, Jenny Moon Tucker

Akihiko Ando
Akihiko "Akkun" Ando is an alto saxophonist born in Chiba, Japan in 1986. Since moving to Tokyo in 2001, he has been an active member of underground music scenes in both Tokyo and Kansai (western Japan), performing sax, effects and electronics. One of his many bands, kuruucrew, released their first album "Battle Disco" in 2008 on P-VINE RECORDS, and continues performing around Japan and Europe. Its second album "grind mirrorball" was released in 2010 from the Japanese noise collective "Incapacitants". The following year took Akkun to Switzerland's yearly LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival) to perform with Masaya Nakahara (a.k.a Hair Stylistics), as well as tours in France and Germany. From 2012, Akkun has been a regular collaborator with pianist Kevin McHugh, releasing "Hills" with their band Polylis on miminoko pro. The same year brought him to NYC, touring with Z's, Kid Millions, and Boredom's Koshiro Hino (subsequently releasing an album with Hino in 2015 as part of the group "goat" on the HEADZ label.) Recently he has been pursuing even more overseas collaborations: in 2014 supporting Arto Lindsay Band's "Encyclopedia of Arto" Japan tour, as well hosting Berlin-based experimental electronic music label for a Japanese showcase in 2015. This year he will travel to the US again thanks to a Seattle 4Culture Award for the project "Seattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connections".

Kevin McHugh
Kevin McHugh (b.1982) is a pianist, accordionist and composer from Seattle, WA. He studied jazz piano and German at Oberlin College and Conservatory, the oldest music school in the United States, as well as in Germany at the Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin thanks to a DAAD scholarship. Kevin has since spent his time traveling and playing music in nearly 30 countries. In 2006, Kevin won a year-long Watson Fellowship to study the improvisation scenes of megacities in Brazil, Egypt, India, China, and Japan. From 2007 - 2009 he lived in New York City and San Francisco, but spent considerable time touring the US and Europe with Jon Pfeffer's "Capillary Action", as well as the Tony award winning theater group The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Currently, Kevin travels around the world sharing improvised music, and is a founding member of both the Berlin-based North American tonal Organization and Improlabo in Tokyo, Japan. In 2012 he was chosen to compose music for a theatrical performance and short film to support the Tohoku earthquake survivors, thanks to a grant from the Japan Foundation. He is a recent recipient of a 2015 Seattle 4Culture award to lead a collaborative project between Japanese and US musicians.
http://therealmchugh.com

Jason Mullinax
Jason Mullinax is a percussionist, electronic composer and song writer who explores the boundaries between experimental and pop music.
https://soundcloud.com/jason-a-mullinax

Jenny Moon Tucker
Sax/voice, tape and the infinite space of radio. Walking that long journey on the arm of death and seeking to transmute our worldly pain and suffering along the way... as well as lend a hand to spirits and energies stuck and stagnant in our realm that need release.
http://jennymoontucker.bandcamp.com

Special Pre-show Workshop

Music Discovery Lab: Hidden Percussion

Music Discovery Lab is an experiential workshop developed by drummer and composer Jason A Mullinax that invites musicians of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore the creative potential of sound and music.

As a specialized part of the lab, Hidden Percussion is a one hour demonstration that focuses on extended techniques for acoustic and electronic percussion.  Concepts discussed will include textural playing, free time, found objects and the judicious use of effects and processing.  There will be hands-on participation by the participants as time allows.

For more information about Jason A Mullinax or Music Discovery Lab, please visit:
http://jasonamullinaxlessons.com

5:30-6:30pm. Ages 14 and up. $10 (includes free admission to the show)

Saturday Aug 8th 2015 @ 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

~ $10

Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/