Joe Kye: Migrants

presented by Flushing Town Hall

Friday, March 29th, 2019, 8PM (Workshop 7PM)

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354

Tickets: $16 General/$10 Students/FREE for Teens


"A single violinist...one mesmerizing symphony"  - SACRAMENTO BEE


Award-winning musician Joe Kye brings his unique blend of violin looping, electronics, singing, and storytelling, with special guest, Chinese-American hip-hop artist Jason Chu.

Migrants tells the story of Joe’s life as an immigrant Asian-American, weaving together original music, humorous stories, and cutting-edge technology. He'll be joined by NYC percussionist William Catanzaro and pianist Josh Ehrlich.

Pre-show workshop on expressing cultural identity through sound will have participants question: What does it mean to be Asian-American? How can creativity give people the tools to build their identity?



ABOUT JOE KYE

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist-looper and vocalist Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, “discharging world[s] of emotion” and delivering “divine messages” with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that “leaves everyone in awe” (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single violinist...one mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee).

After studying music and culture at Yale University, Kye left a career as a high school educator to pursue music full-time. Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye toured the United States with performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a nationally broadcast performance on NPR’s Science Friday. He has been a keynote speaker for Multicultural Week at the Urban School of SF and worked with the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race.

Previous collaborations include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet, Alvin Ailey Composer/Percussionist William Catanzaro, and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), the Legislative Back-To-Session Bash (California), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and the White House. Kye is a Fishman and Neunaber Audio Effects sponsored artist, and has studied violin with Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, John Kim, and Jim Mihara.


To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/event/bf2586d9aaf7e28ad1295ccbdeb2b976 or call at 718-463-7700 x222.




Miro Yoon