Ricky Rodriguez - bass
E.J. Strickland - drums
Yayoi Ikawa - piano, compositions
NY-based composer/pianist Yayoi Ikawa has collaborated with artists across diverse styles of music. As a founder of The Bridge Project which cultivates musical dialogues between cultures around the world, she strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. Her new project Songs of my heart is an intimate expression of self through her daily life during and post-pandemic era.
Ricky Rodriguez has proved himself a bassist of exceptional agility and finesse in other musicians’ groups, notably in his work with Joe Locke and Fabian Almazan, among others. On this 2016 debut as leader, this Puerto Rico-born, New York-based musician has taken a considerable leap of faith in a series of imposing compositions with which he uses to express what he has wanted to for some time.
Drummer E.J. Strickland was born in 1979, the identical twin of brother to saxophonist Marcus Strickland. He is one of the most frequently recorded drummers of the 21st century, appearing on over 30 albums. Strickland attended The New School for Social Research, where he studied piano, polished his skills as a composer, and studied with some of the world's greatest drummers. Downbeat Magazine described his drumming as emitting "fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm." Strickland has toured and performed with Ravi Coltrane, his brother Marcus' electric/acoustic quartets and trio, Cassandra Wilson, George Colligan quartet and the David Gilmore Trio. He also leads his own bands, the E.J. Strickland Quintet and the E.J. Strickland Project.
Showtime: 7 pm ET/6 pm CT/5 pm MT/4 pm PT/11 pm GMT
Limited in-person seats: $25 / $10 full-time students with valid ID
Attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.
Advance sales end 1 hr before showtime; tickets can be purchased at the door if any remain.
Streaming Cost is $15
The link will be revealed to live stream participants 15 minutes before the show
and will remain active through Feb. 24