The next Ford on the Road destination is Hollywood for Angel City Jazz's all-new collaboration between renowned pianist Motoko Honda and Oscar nominee Vanessa Vo. Ford blogger Sheri skyped with Honda to get a preview of the show:
A golf tee, a metal screw and a ruler --- not the first things that come to mind when the subject is music. But each of these items had its moment in the spotlight during my recent chat with Motoko Honda, a composer whose sonic improvisations have drawn ecstatic comparisons to Radiohead and John Cage.
As she spoke from her home studio in Oakland on a recent Friday afternoon, the occasional digital glitches in our Skype connections did nothing to dampen Honda's enthusiasm. She offered me an exuberant lesson in extended technique and "prepared piano" after I confessed to being unfamiliar with those terms...