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Motoko Honda’ Sound Escape Project - Escape Velocity

Motoko Honda - piano & electronics | Joe Berardi - drums & electronics
Alexander Noice - guitar | Jesse Gilbert - visuals

Performing Saturday, October 12 at 10:30pm in a double bill with Grennlief/Dunn/Amendola at the Bluewhale

Motoko Honda’s Sound Escape Project - Escape Velocity is a collaborative multimedia performance combining electro-acoustic music with live video projection featuring Spectral GL* developed by Jesse Gilbert. Spectral GL is an interactive listening instrument that generates realtime visual landscapes in response to the music, and it reveals the deep structure of sound in a visual language that is both intuitively and aesthetically linked to our emotional experience of music. Motoko Honda’s kaleidoscopic sound scape is generated through a combination of acoustic piano, synthesizers and electronic devices. She is joined by Joe Berardi on drums and Alex Noice on electric guitar. Expect highly dynamic music with grooves, ambient noises, and mesmerizing visual landscapes.

Motoko Honda

Portrayed as a “Keyboard Alchemist”(Chris Barton, L.A.Times) and the “Embodiment of a Muse” (Greg Burk,, critically-acclaimed Japanese-born composer/pianist Motoko Honda has fascinated critics and audiences alike with her genre-defying innovative approach to piano playing and composing: “Imagine Radiohead teaching Franz List how to rock a Kaoss Pad; or John Cage facing off with Bud Powell over prepared piano”(Matthew Duersten,

At home in classical, improvised, or electronic music, Motoko is a musical force of nature, bringing a unique creative sound to her stylistically wide-ranging compositions and performances. Not only active as a band leader, but also an equally experienced interdisciplinary project leader, Motoko has lead many projects with renowned collaborators; dancers such as Oguri, Roxanne Steinberg, Maureen Whiting, and visual/projection artists such as Carole Kim, Jesse Gilbert, Ian Winters.

Motoko's musical and collaborative works are often site specific, and have been presented at many prestigious venues such as the Ford Amphitheater, Barnsdall Gallery Theater, REDCAT/Disney, Moody Center for the Arts, Taube Atrium Theater, Stone in NYC, as well as museums, music festivals, jazz clubs, and underground venues. As an educator, she is a frequent guest artist and lecturer at national and international universities and institutions featuring her extended piano techniques, contemporary compositions, structured improvisations, electro-acoustic and interdisciplinary methodology.

Joe Berardi

Joe Berardi has had a long history in the Los Angeles music scene, both as a multi-instrumental performer and composer. Primarily known as a drummer/percussionist, he also plays keyboards, vibes and marimba and has done extensive work with electronics and sampling, utilizing his unique homemade circuit bent instruments, toys and effects along with more traditional noise making devices. He incorporates this individual approach in the many diverse settings he finds himself in, from solo performances to group improvisation to straightforward song form, always bringing his own characteristic approach to color, rhythm and texture to every musical situation.

Alexander Noice

 Alexander Noice is a composer, guitarist, producer and bandleader based in Los Angeles. Known for his highly personalized style of composition and playing, best displayed by his ensembles NOICE and Falsetto Teeth, Alexander has been a highly sought after musician in the creative music scene in Los Angeles and abroad for the past decade.
Noice has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, and South America performing with many notable artists such as Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith,Vincent Gallo, Art Ensembles of Chicago’s Famoudou Don Moye, Vinny Golia, Dorian Wood, and Daniel Rosenboom to name a few.

Jesse Gilbert

Jesse Gilbert is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual art, sound and software design, creating flexible frameworks that are activated in live performance, via network interaction, or in installation settings. Since 2010 he has primarily developed and performed with his software SpectralGL, an interactive listening instrument that generates real-time visual landscapes in response to sound. Building on his work as a composer, sound designer and lifelong technologist, Gilbert’s creative output probes the phenomenological nature of listening itself through a practice centering on improvisation and collaborative dialogue. Gilbert co-founded Dark Matter Media LLC in 2007, through which he consults on a variety of projects in the art and entertainment industries. From 2011-2017 he was the founding Chair of the Media Technology department at Woodbury University, and has taught interactive software design at both CalArts and UC San Diego.