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2022 Past Events

Motoko by Charles De Guzman

The Monthly Salon

Hosted by Boris Goldmund Creative

Penthouse at Ritz Carlton Residency, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 2022

Tickets: $25

Motoko Honda Acoustic Piano Solo featuring her special compositions/improvisations for this special evening.

Motoko Honda-piano
Danny Kamins-sax
Jordan glenn-drums

Sunday, Dec.4th 2pm 2022

Sunday, Dec.4th 2pm (We will play at the 2nd set -around 3pm)

mosswood chapel :: 3630 telegraph oakland ca :: 2 blocks from macarthur bart :: enter 2nd door on 37th st
masks required :: performers will be unmasked
$10-$25 sliding scale (cash & venmo accepted at door)

Pianist MOTOKO HONDA and saxophonist DANNY KAMINS (saxophones) first met and played together at Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas in 2018 for an event celebrating Graphic Scores and Avant-Garde Jazz. This concert is their first long-awaited musical reunion with the addition of local drum master JORDAN GLENN who also performs in Honda’s Simple Excesses Quartet. These seasoned improvisers/composers, fluent in a wide range of musical languages, can take you on an exciting sonic adventure going from textural and experimental soundscapes to unexpected rhythmic and melodic constructs.

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 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.

Motoko Honda by Charles DeGuzman

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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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


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) 😊

Ticket: $25

Motoko Honda by Hillary Goidel

Cheer UP!

Music Mondays


Monday, Feb. 1st, 2021


Hosted by Japan Foundation Los Angeles


Motoko Honda Piano Solo Concert, to cheer you up during this pandemic. 

Facebook ONLINE hosted by Japan Foundation.

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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  :

Nava Dunkelman: Percussions :

Jakob Pek: Prepared Electric Guitar 


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 

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