Musical Ecology, a performance with Jun Miyake & Todd Harper

Friday, Sept 29th & Saturday, September 30th

7:30 PM at Studio Z


Join Jun Miyake & Todd Harper for Musical Ecology, a project which explores the interrelationship of music, and the larger than human world. Harper has created intimate new works with varying degrees of structure & invention. Jun and Todd are long time members of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Buddhist World Peace organization. Musical Ecology is their first collaboration.


This event will take place Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th at Studio Z (275 4th Street East, Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55101). Both performance will start at 7:30 pm a single show will be $15 per person and $25 per person to attend both events.


Friday’s show with feature a quartet, with Jun Miyake & Todd Harper:

Eric Coursen, drums; Keith Yanes, bass. Featured on the Saturday night will be the premiere of an extended work entitled Urban Sparrow Dreams, a humorous and thought provoking piece regarding ‘invasive species’ performed by Jun Miyake, & Todd Harper: Eric Coursen, percussion, and Heather Barringer, percussion. There will be an improvising session with several of Todd’s musical friends afterwards on Saturday, from 9:45 to 10:30 PM after the concert. Please contact Todd Harper if you interested in participating in this event.


Artists’ Information

Jun Miyake (flute, tenor saxophone, Noh flute) lives in New York City. He is a member of a trio with Mongolian multi-instrumentalist Delehi, and noted jazz drummer Pheeroan Aklaff. This group will embark on it’s second Asian tour later this fall. For further information regarding Jun and his music, visit


Todd Harper (piano, composer, voice) lives in St. Paul. He sees composing as an opportunity to create meaningful connections between musicians and audiences. Last year, he recorded and released 3 CDs. For further information regarding Todd and his music, visit


Eric Coursen ( drums, percussion) lives in Minneapolis. You can catch him around town performing in a host of contexts: Afro Haitian dance classes, Braziliean Batucada, and many others. Mr. Coursen brings inventiveness, musicality, and good spirit to each performing situation he participates in. Eric and Todd have been musical friends since 1988, as members of the band“ The Seekers of Beauty”.


Keith Yanes (acoustic bass) lives in Minneapolis. He is the first call for many working musicians in town. Besides working steadily around town, Keith has performed on cruise ships, including a stay in New Zealand. Earlier last winter, Keith performed with Eric and Todd on a new CD,” Winter Surival”, featuring compositions and group inventions .






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