Meet Unknown Mirrors, the online gig uniting two artists from different sides of the world
14.10.2020

Meet Unknown Mirrors, the online gig uniting two artists from different sides of the world

Words by Tom Parker

One artist will perform from Melbourne, the other from Tokyo.

The penultimate event of The Boite’s ‘5 concerts for $5’ series will see Melbourne recorder player Ryan Williams team up with Japan-based Miyama McQueen-Tokita to perform a special show from different sides of the world.

Unknown Mirrors is the dual celebration of McQueen-Tokita’s koto – the national instrument of Japan – alongside Williams’ recorder. The project put out a record in 2019, Your Ten Is My Twelve, which was launched in Tokyo and was also performed live at the 2020 Peninsula Summer Music Festival on the Mornington Peninsula in January.

COVID-19 has forced the separation of Williams and McQueen-Tokita but The Boite will reunite them on Sunday October 18 – expect a performance filled with energy, immeasurable chemistry and one that explores everything from folk to alternative pop, traditional Japanese and baroque music.

Despite the 8,000km geographical gap that stands between them, Williams and McQueen-Tokita are no strangers to each other and the Unknown Mirrors project wouldn’t titled as such if there wasn’t some exhilarating unpredictability about the duo.

Alongside a collaborative piece, Williams and McQueen-Tokita will also perform songs solo while there will also be a live interview conducted during the show.

Following the Unknown Mirrors performance, the final instalment of The Boite’s ‘5 concerts for $5’ series will see Persian-Australia singer Shirin Majd perform a collection of love songs on Sunday October 25. Majd sings in Farsi, Turkish, Spanish and English, so that is sure to be an intriguing show.

Check out a teaser of the performance below.

Unknown Mirrors perform on Sunday October 18 as part of The Boite’s ‘5 concerts for $5’ series. Grab tix here.

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