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Motoko Honda at Kuumbwa Jazz Center 

May 29, 2019

With Hesterian Musicism, more details soon

Motoko Honda at UCSC at Contemporary Music Festival

April 05, 2019

April 06, 2019

Motoko Honda at University of California Santa Cruz, with Heterian Musicism. More details soon

Motoko Honda's Simple Excesses Quartet at Rendon Hall, California Jazz Conservatory 

January 08, 2019

Motoko Honda's Simple Excesses  7:30pm 

Featuring Motoko Honda's experimental jazz chamber music. 

Mooncake Trio: three ladies from three continents

December 08, 2018

Compositions and improvisations by Biggi Vinkeloe, Motoko Honda, Emily Hay.

Hailing from varying backgrounds and 3 different continents, the female music trio "Mooncake" consists of Swedish-based saxophonist/flutist Biggi Vinkeloe, flutist/vocalist Emily Hay from Southern California and Japanese born pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda who now lives in Oakland. Hay and Honda have collaborated as a duo together since 2009 and the Mooncake trio developed when they invited Vinkeloe to join them for some concerts in San Francisco several years ago which led to new friendships and genre busting and unique musical explorations.

Mooncake Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 09, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students & Seniors 

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation and read more at

Motoko Honda with RadioEE's AUTO PILOTO

November 15, 2018

Motoko Honda will be performing a music hour in collaboration with AUTO PILOTO, a 24-hour multi-lingual broadcast project.  Nov.16th 2018, the final hour of AUTO PILOTO, 10pm-11pm.  Details coming soon.

Motoko Honda in Lucas Artist Resdiency at Montalvo Arts Center

November 01, 2018

Motoko Honda will be a Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA. 

In this special occasion, Motoko will be working on the new set of special compositions with visiting musicians from Northern Japan.  Keiko Takayama, Keisuke Kodaira, and Kozue Matsumoto

Motoko Honda on Graphic Score/Lecture-Performance

October 10, 2018

October 11, 2018

Motoko Honda on Graphic Score.  Lecture-Performance at Rice University, Houston, Texas.  Open to Public

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Motoko Honda in Concert/Graphic Score Festival at Rice University, Houston, TX

October 11, 2018

October 12, 2018

Motoko Honda in a concert featuring her graphic composition, with Karlton Hester, Multi-woodwind/Composer-Performer. 

Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX

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Motoko Honda's Simple Excesses at SF Music Day, Colors of the Keyboard

September 29, 2018

September 30, 2018

Motoko Honda's Simple Excesses at SF Music Day, Colors of the Keyboard.  

3:30pm at Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco, CA.  

FREE event, but RSVP may be required.  

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Motoko Honda's Simple Excesses at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles

August 02, 2018

Pianist, composer, and improviser, Motoko Honda is a musical force of nature, who blends jazz with chamber music, electronic music, and the sounds of music from around the globe. Long a vital part of the L.A. improvised music community as a collaborator with Wadada Leo Smith, Jeff Gauthier, Mike Watt, Elliott Sharp, and others, the Bay Area-based "keyboard alchemist" (Los Angeles Times) returns to lead a quartet featuring some of Northern California’s most inventive, versatile sidemen through intricate compositions that layer taut rhythms and lush melodies.

Motoko Honda, keyboard
Cory Wright, woodwinds
Miles Wick, acoustic bass
Jordan Glenn, drums


JazzPOP, the Hammer’s creative jazz festival, celebrates its 13th season with three concerts featuring the music of visionary West Coast musician/composers. Expect brilliant improvisation nested in carefully-crafted compositions, and jazz colored with the nuances of contemporary chamber music, and sounds and grooves from across the world.

Organized by San Francisco Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa.

No(!)sy Room #1: Curiosity Garden of Sound and Light, 4-Day Performance Series

February 02, 2018

Feb, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 2018 


No(!)sy Room #1: Curiosity Garden of Sound and Light, conceived and directed by pianist/composer Motoko Honda is a performance series of an immersive experience of sound and light, utilizing the unique architectural features of the space hosting the installation, a multi directional surround sound system provided by Meyer Sound and light/video projections.

To help realize her vision for this special performance series, Honda has teamed up with with long time collaborator Jesse Gilbert from L.A., and new collaborators, Ian Winters and Norman Teale from Bay Area. The experimental and open nature of this series allows collaborators to explore different ideas, developing unique identities and concepts on each performance during Honda’s residency at Kala. 


Day 1: Friday Feb. 2nd 8:00-9:15pm (Door 7:30pm)

Motoko Honda: Keyboards, Toy Piano and Electronics

Jesse Gilbert (Projection), Norman Teale (Sound Manipulation) 


Day 2: Saturday Feb. 3rd 5:00-6:15pm (Door 4:30pm)

Motoko Honda and Jesse Gilbert


Day 3: Friday Feb. 9th 8:00-9:15pm (Door 7:30pm)

Motoko Honda, Ian Winters (Projection), Norman Teale 


Day 4: Saturday Feb. 10th 5:00-6:15pm (Door 4:30pm)

Motoko Honda, Ian Winters, Norman Teale 


Kala Arts Institute and Gallery 

2990 San Pablo Ave

Berkeley, CA 94702

Motoko Honda and Theresa Wong at The Stone @ The New School, N.Y.

March 27, 2018

*We are The New York Time's one of the "14 concerts to check out in N.Y. This Weekend"

Motoko Honda and Theresa Wong performing a Duo, featuring experimental soundscapes of magnetic prepared piano, electronics with extended techniques on instruments.


Theresa Wong, cello + voice
Motoko Honda, piano + electronics
The Stone @ The New School 
Glass Box Theater
55 W. 13th St. (near 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

Kana Tanaka Open Studio

October 15, 2017

I will be performing short sets of music inspired by glass suspended sculpture-"Crystals" at Open Studio by a glass artist, Kana Tanaka in the Bay Area.  


October 15th & 22nd, 2017
@ 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 (10-15min each)

1021 Broadaway Ave. #230
San Pablo, CA 94806


RSVP recommended.

San Pablo, CA 94806


RSVP recommended.

Motoko Honda at Wadada Leo Smith's CREATE festival at LAB in S.F.

December 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16:

The Lab

2948 16th St, San Francisco, California 94103

Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 3:
• Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
• Motoko Honda – piano
• Soo Yeon Lyuh – haegeum 
• William Winant – percussion

ROVA perform Wadada Leo Smith: Saxophone Quartet No. 1
• Bruce Ackley – soprano & tenor saxophones
• Larry Ochs – tenor & sopranino saxophones 
• Jon Raskin – baritone, alto & sopranino saxophones 
• Steve Adams – alto & sopranino saxophones

Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 4 
• Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
• Henry Kaiser – guitar
• John Lindberg – bass
• Lamar Smith – guitar


Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 5:
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: America’s National Parks 
• Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
• Anthony Davis – piano
• Ashley Walters – cello
• John Lindberg - bass
• Pheeroan akLaff – drums
• Jesse Gilbert – video artist

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