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The Art Ensemble of Chicago


One of the most influential and visionary groups to grow out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Art Ensemble of Chicago is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an expanded collective of musicians. Eddy joins the Art Ensemble as a violist and improviser, along with Tomeka Reid (cello), Jean Cook (violin), Silvia Bolognesi (bass), Junius Paul (Bass), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Hugh Ragin (trumpet), Rodolfo Cordova (voice), Moor Mother (poetry, voice), Dudu Kouate (percussion), and the AEOC’s Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye.


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TWICE THE FIRST TIME
(Napoleon Maddox)


TFT tells the story of Napoleon Maddox’s great grand-aunts, Millie-Christine, conjoined twins born into slavery in 1851. Millie-Christine lived an extraordinary life of intellect, creativity, artistry, and struggle. After emancipation, Millie-Christine earned enough money through their talents and international celebrity to buy back the plantation they were born on, where they lived to be the longest living conjoined twins in history. Eddy joins the ensemble as violinist, arranger, and improviser.


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Collaboration With Senga Nengudi, Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl

A special, ongoing performance project with artist Senga Nengudi, dancer Crow Nishimura (of Degenerate Art Ensemble), and musician Joshua Kohl (of Degenerate Art Ensemble). In partnership with Colorado College. Presentation for 2020-2021.


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Ambassador Ensemble

The MYCincinnati Ambassador Ensemble is a string sextet of young musicians led by MYCincinnati Director Eddy Kwon. For the 2014-15 school year, the group engaged in weekly critical discussions around identity, social justice, power, and the artist as an agent of change. Using these conversations as creative inspiration, Eddy worked with the students to compose a performance work that organically combines storytelling, avant chamber music, and social criticism with the ensemble's intense, youthful energy.


Jens Lekman + MYCincinnati

In November of 2015, The MYCincinnati Ambassador Ensemble performed a sold-out collaborative concert with Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman. Performing string arrangements by Eddy Kwon, the ensemble brought their inimitable energy and style to Jens' thoughtful and unique songwriting. A partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center's Black Box Performance Series.

Eddy & Jens are currently planning a 2020 US tour and will collaborate with different youth ensembles from around the country.


Photo by Michael Wilson

Photo by Michael Wilson

The Happy Maladies

Combining elements of folk traditions with the spirit of chamber music and the energy of a composer’s collective, The Happy Maladies create colorful and deeply personal music. Their exploration of song form, harmonic play, technical agility, and nuanced improvisations make their music raw, unique, and potent. A wildly creative voice in the world of acoustic new music.

Eddy Kwon, violin & voice
Peter Gemus, double bass
Stephen Patota, mandolin / guitar & voice
Benjamin Thomas, banjo / guitar & voice


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BLAKKR


Blakkr is a punk band from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eddy Kwon, guitar
Jennifer Simone, drums
Zohair Hussain, vox
Aalap Bommaraju, bass
Jarrod Welling-Cann, bass

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