A Night Under the Stars:
New music inspired by Hawaiian nature, culture and history
@Lahaina Jodo Mission

Maui, Hawaii
Thursday Oct. 6th, 2022

Outdoor Concert

Thursday October 6th, 2022

7pm-8pm (Door opens 6:30pm)

Lahaina Jodo Mission:12 Ala Moana St., Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Admission: Free

All Ages

*Bring your own lawn chair/picnic blanket, food and drink to enjoy a wonderful time with your family and friends!


Motoko Honda, critically acclaimed Japanese composer-pianist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, will be performing a special concert under the stars. Honda is a musical force of nature with stylistic influences ranging from jazz, world music and electronic music. She brings a unique creative sound to her works. Her Maui concert will include an exciting series of Honda’s music inspired by Maui and Hawaii’s nature, culture, and history composed specially for this concert. Join us for a magical night enjoying Honda’s fabulous music. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.

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The Emergent Piano: Piano Solo Concert by Motoko Honda @
Old First Concert Series
S.F. and Online LIVE !

San Francisco and Online Live :

Sunday, April 10th, 2022. 4:00pm, 

Old First Concert Series

@ Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, SF, CA. 94109


Motoko Honda: Acoustic Piano Solo

In this concert Honda will showcase a variety of rarely-performed solo compositions and improvisational works to transport audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of traditional contemporary piano music.

Ticket: $25

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The Cantaloupe:
Interdisciplinary/Collaborative/Experiential LIVE Performance
Imperia, Italy
July 22nd and 23rd, 2022

Claudi Piripippi - video/performance/installation/interactive poetry



Mary Albanese - performance/ritual

Motoko Honda - live music

-Friday July 22nd, 2022, 7-8 PM 

Teatro dell'Attrito, Via Bartolomeo Bossi, 43 Imperia, IM, Italy

-Saturday July 23rd 2022, 7-8 PM

Lecchiore, Piazza Benza

Description of the Event

A collaborative interdisciplinary experimental multi-sensorial art happening engaging all five senses, the spiritual included.

The Happening ends with an aperitif/dialogue about the experience.

Event’s duration: 45/55 mins.

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Muttdoggs: TRIO with Mike Watt and Joe Berardi with special guest Petra Haden@ Angel City Jazz Festival, L.A.

Los Angeles: Sunday, October 10th, 2021

8:00pm, Lodge Room 104 N Ave 56 2nd floor Los Angeles, CA.

Elliott Sharp & Jeff Parker 8pm

Muttdoggs and Petra Haden 9:30pm

I'm very excited to introduce "Muttdoggs", a trio with a punk legend Mike Watt and my long time collaborator Joe Berardi. We are also getting ready to release our album which was recorded quite a few years ago ! Very happy to have Petra Haden as a special guest, it will be a nice reunion since our last gig together. 

Ticket: $15

My Patreon Patron receives 20% discount code

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Motoko Piano Solo @ PALO ALTO ART CENTER

My first show after this Pandemic Year(s)

Saturday July 31st, 2021 !!!! 2pm Piano Solo in Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium: FREE

Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium

1313 Newell Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304

Genre: Free Jazz/Acoustic Piano Improvisation

I will be performing 30min. Piano solo set to open for Scott Amendola and Phillip Greenlief Duo. My program will reflect the Museum Exhibition "The Black Index" and honor my musical roots by performing pieces inspired by Leroy Jenkins and my CalArts teacher/mentor Wadada Leo Smith.

Show is FREE - But we are provided with respectable wages, thanks to Mark Weiss Production ❤️ !

I do recommend you to also stop by the museum exhibition - I went to see it and it was awesome ( takes about 20min.-40min. depending on your pace) 😊

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Cheer UP!

Music Mondays


Monday, Feb. 1st, 2021


Hosted by Japan Foundation Los Angeles


SF Music Day 2020 Broadcast: Motoko Honda's AIR TRIO featuring Nava Dunkelman and Jakob Pek

October 25, 2020

SF Music Day 2020 Broadcast-ONE DAY ONLY!!!!!

Sunday, October 25, Motoko Honda's Air TRIO @ 4:05PM

Join us as our free annual festival of Bay Area music moves online for 2020, with ten premiere performances by classical, contemporary, and global music ensembles professionally recorded especially for this event.

Other groups are performing between Noon-6pm.  Tune in early !

Motoko Honda’s AIR Trio (4:05PM)

Band Members: 

Motoko Honda: Composition, Amplified Acoustic Prepared Piano  : www.motokohonda.com

Nava Dunkelman: Percussions : www.navadunkelman.com

Jakob Pek: Prepared Electric Guitar  https://www.jakobpek.com 


About the AIR trio and Program: 

The project, “Soundscape of Our Present Minds” was originally conceived in 2014 and a series of compositions were written for a quartet featuring violin, saxophone, percussion and piano, and were especially revised for this AIR trio for this concert. These compositions are meant to capture current mindsets of performers through the structured musical score which combines traditional notations with Wadada Leo Smith’s Ankhrasmation language, successfully capturing this challenging year 2020.   Along with extended and prepared techniques of each instruments, performers will go beyond the conventional role of each instruments, converse and challenge each other to create one soundscape which will represent our collective set of minds.  

The fourth in the program, “But Not Alone” has composed by Motoko Honda in this August, 2020 for this special occasion, dedicating to all of us, and is a world premiere.   


PROGRAM/Soundscape of Our Present Minds: 


“Walk”, Motoko Honda 2014 (revised for piano, guitar and percussion 2020)

“Presence”, Motoko Honda 2014 (revised for prepared piano, guitar and percussion 2020)

“Luminescence”, Motoko Honda 2014 (revised for prepared piano, guitar and percussion 2020)

“But Not Alone”, Motoko Honda 2020

World premiere 

Motoko Honda Solo Piano, Palo Alto, CA.

March 13, 2020

Motoko Honda on acoustic grand piano, solo set 30min.  

Friday March 13th, 2020, 8PM, PALO ALTO

At Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, produced by Mark Weiss Earthwise Productions of Palo Alto, CA.  


2nd set will be performed by Akira Tana's OTONAWA

Mitchell Park Community Center (El Palo Alto Room) 
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
*Right by the library and cafe.
*Plenty of free parking spaces!

All Ages (It's a nice listening room)

Buy Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earthwise-welcomes-akira-tana-otonowa-tickets-92991972493

Motoko Honda with Hafez Modirzadeh and Keshav Batish @ Center for the New Music, S.F.

March 16, 2020

Motoko Honda on acoustic prepared piano with Hafez Modirzadeh (tenor sax) and Keshav Batish (drums, tabla).  

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members & Students

Center for New Music in S.F. 

55 Taylor St.

San Francisco , CA


Hafez Modirzadeh: https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/hafezmodirzadeh/

Keshav Batish: http://www.keshavbatish.com/sample-page/

Motoko Honda with Maureen Whiting Dance Company April 10, 11th, 12th, Seattle

April 10, 2020

POSTPONED !! Please wait for the updated dates.  

Motoko Honda performs with Maureen Whiting Dance Company for three day residency and performance series. 

Motoko Honda at UC Santa Cruz Recital Hall with Hesterian Musicism

April 25, 2020

Saturday April 25th, 7:30PM 

More information coming soon

Motoko Honda with Michael Dessen and Lisa Mezzacappa at SIMM series in S.F.

May 10, 2020

Motoko Honda on acoustic pianos with Michael Dessen (composer/trombonist)  and Lisa Mezzacappa (composer/bassist),  

SIMM series at Musicians Union Hall in S.F.

7:30pm-9:30pm (We will play the 1st set) 

Musicians Union, 116 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Admission $10-20 sliding scale (unless otherwise stated)

presented by Outsound: http://www.outsound.org

Michael Dessen: https://mdessen.com

Lisa Mezzacappa: https://www.lisamezzacappa.com

Motoko Honda Solo Piano, Palo Alto, CA.

October 11, 2019

Friday October 11th, 2019, 8PM, PALO ALTO

Motoko Honda on acoustic grand piano, solo set 30min.  

At Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, produced by Mark Weiss Earthwise Productions of Palo Alto, CA.  


2nd set will be performed by Scott Amendola, drums; Trevor Dunn, bass; Philip Greenlief

Mitchell Park Community Center (El Palo Alto Room) 
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
*Right by the library and cafe.
*Plenty of free parking spaces!

All Ages (It's a nice listening room)

Buy Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earthwise-welcome-amendoladunngreenlief-tickets-64072740291

Motoko Honda at Angel City Jazz Festival 2020

October 12, 2019

Motoko Honda’ Sound Escape Project - Escape Velocity

Motoko Honda - piano & electronics | Joe Berardi - drums & electronics
Alexander Noice - guitar | Jesse Gilbert - visuals

SATURDAY, October 12th 2019, 10:30PM(2nd set), LOS ANGELES

LOCATION: Blue Whale
Weller Court Plaza 3rd floor

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite.301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/502562886970686/

Angel City Website:  http://angelcityjazz.com/motoko-honda

*1st set will be by an amazing trio from bay area, Phillip Greenlief, Trevor Dunn, and Scott Amendola

Motoko Honda’s Sound Escape Project - Escape Velocity is a collaborative multimedia performance combining electro-acoustic music with live video projection featuring Spectral GL* developed by Jesse Gilbert. Spectral GL is an interactive listening instrument that generates realtime visual landscapes in response to the music, and it reveals the deep structure of sound in a visual language that is both intuitively and aesthetically linked to our emotional experience of music. Motoko Honda’s kaleidoscopic sound scape is generated through a combination of acoustic piano, synthesizers and electronic devices. She is joined by Joe Berardi on drums and Alex Noice on electric guitar. Expect highly dynamic music with grooves, ambient noises, and mesmerizing visual landscapes.

Motoko Honda, Los Angeles Residency with Jesse Gilbert/Dark Media

October 13, 2019

Motoko Honda will spend 10 days in creating new work at residency in Los Angeles, with visual artist Jesse Gilbert/Dark Media.  Exclusive showcase will be open to industry professionals only at this time.  Please see the updates for more information.  

Virtual Reality Recording Project with Eric Cheng

October 31, 2019

Exciting project coming soon with renowned photographer and videographer Eric Cheng. Details coming soon. 

Motoko Honda with El Pricto, Barcelona, Spain

August 02, 2019

Motoko Honda, on acoustic grand piano, performs with El Pricto, hosted by Discordian Records.
At Sinestesia, Career de Santa Caterina, 52, Barcelona, 08014, Spain.

8PM - 9PM (showtime indication updated.. This is an updated/correct showtime)

Door: Donation 

El Pricto: alto sax
Motoko Honda: piano
Diego Caicedo: electric guitar
Àlex Reviriego: bass
Vasco Trilla: drums

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

August 05, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Music by Motoko Honda (on acoustic grand piano), Vinny Golia, Satnam Ramgotra, & Matt Piper

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
The Blue Whale
Weller Court Plaza 3rd floor
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite.301
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Music starts 9pmDoors open 8pm


Admission: $15

About the Event

At 8:16 a.m. on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan. A second atomic bomb was released over Nagasaki, Japan three days later. On this night as we contemplate the destructive energy that humans have unleashed against their fellow man in the past (and continue to unleash in the present), we also take a positive stand together for love. We stand together against hate. As friends grateful to be assembled together in a peaceful place, we direct our energy toward reducing suffering, and promoting healing.

About the Artist

Chiho Harazaki grew up in Japan, and later moved to Los Angeles. Spending time with people from many different cultures and backgrounds helped her to discover her purpose in life as an artist. Harazaki uses adhesive tape for her art, often using common black plastic electrical tape. Tiny pieces of tape, cut by precision knife and scissors, create each detail used to compose a whole picture. Her large 7 ft x 7 ft piece Hiroshima Black Rain will be shown publicly for the first time at this event for one night only, along with several other pieces and a short film.

About the Musicians

Motoko Honda is a concert pianist, composer, and interdisciplinary artist who has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music. Employing a "virtuoso technique paired with her intensely imaginative mind" (Susan Dirende, L.A. Splash Magazine), Motoko is a musical force of nature whose performances transport audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of contemporary music.

Vinny Golia is a renowned multi-woodwind performer and award-winning composer whose recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly “ten best” lists. In 2009 Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts, where he currently teaches. In 2006 the Jazz Journalists Association honored Golia with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Satnam Ramgotra is a drummer, percussionist, and composer who can be heard on countless movie scores including Dunkirk, Inception, The Last Knights, Black Hawk Down, Rush, and The Lion King (2019). Satnam applies his highly sought-after musical sense and masterful playing to a variety of instruments and musical traditions ranging from drum kit and tabla to frame drums and “found-perc” instruments. In addition to his film score work, Ramgotra has performed with artists including Beck, Seal, and Sting, and currently tours with Hans Zimmer Live.

Matt Piper is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and educator. In addition to playing a variety of stringed instruments (often making innovative use of electronic effects), Piper also produces experimental electronic music and teaches electronic music synthesis at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California. Piper will be playing double bass and banjo for this event.





Motoko Honda on Toy Piano/Electronics with Sung Kim, Interdisciplinary Concert: Oakland, CA. U.S.A.

August 16, 2019

Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, CA. 

1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland , 94612 United States 

Motoko Honda performs live improvised score for Sung Kim's 6 stop motion films, along with Sung Kim, Shanna Sordahl, Brian Pedersen, Michael Noonan and Theo Padouvas.  

There will be 3 bands showcased in the same evening.  

Tickets: $10 More information below: 

Grex // http://www.grexsounds.com / http://grex.bandcamp.com
Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. Grex has been called "essential current-and-future listening" (Tiny Mix Tapes), exploring the meeting point between psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. The band recalls the explosive power of late John Coltrane, the dark energy of Suicide, and the whimsical weirdness of Skeleton Crew and Deerhoof. In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism. Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts. 

Hare and Arrow // https://soundcloud.com/hare-and-arrow
6 Stop Motion films by Hare and Arrow
Motoko Honda - Toy Piano
Theo Padouvas - Trumpet
Michael Noonan - Strings
Shanna Sordahl - Strings, Electronics, Automata
Brian Pedersen - Reeds
Sung Kim - Invented Instruments and Automata

Jeweled Snakes // https://jeweledsnakes.bandcamp.com/
Skot B and Sharkiface bring you some jewels, madame! Jeweled Snakes!



21+ with valid ID


The Uptown is just around the corner from the 19th Streeet BART Station and is wheelchair accessible

Motoko Honda perform at Maureen Whiting Dance Company Residency, San Francisco, CA. U.S.A.

August 25, 2019

Motoko Honda collaborates as a live performer and musician within a complex dance performance work by Maureen Whiting.  Motoko will be working in depth with dancers in the residency  from August 20th-24th, and culminating performance will be showcased at Z Space, S.F.  on August 25th.  

Z space, San Francisco, CA.  

450 Florida Street , San Francisco, CA 94110


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