This weekend will be a very special one – it’s the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York City, Friday the 10th through Tuesday the 14th. This is the 57th annual global performing arts conference and marketplace, a chance for performing artists and others in the industry to connect and refuel, and they are expecting three to four thousand attendees. Like so many of the best conferences, the goal is professional development, but the outcome is that and a bit of a retreat, sharing in the joy of music.
The Yoko Miwa Trio will be playing three showcases during the conference, all at the conference location, the New York Hilton Midtown. While APAP musicians will be playing showcases all over Manhattan during the event, the showcases that are right at the hotel are at the heart of the action. Showcases are short concerts – usually one set – that hope to introduce many more people to Yoko Miwa’s sound.
In addition, Yoko has been asked to play the exclusive opening night jazz party and showcase in Harlem. The party guests will be treated to the talents of fifteen elite jazz musicians, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Charnett Moffett, vocalist Alan Harris, and more. After this wonderful whirlwind of shows, Yoko will be back in Boston on Tuesday to play at Les Zygomates.