About Kyoko Kitamura

Kyoko Kitamura is a Brooklyn-based vocal improviser, bandleader, composer and educator. She currently co-leads the quartet Geometry (with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, guitarist Joe Morris, and cellist Tomeka Reid) and the trio Siren Xypher (with violist Melanie Dyer and pianist Mara Rosenbloom). Kitamura was a long-time collaborator of legendary composer Anthony Braxton, featured in many of his performances and releases, and is the creator of the acclaimed 2023 documentary Introduction to Syntactical Ghost Trance Music, which DownBeat Magazine calls “an invaluable resource for Braxton-philes.” Her recent multidisciplinary work includes Matthew Barney’s 2023 five-channel installation Secondary, in which she provides vocals and has an on-screen role, and choreographer Rachel Bersen’s ongoing performance event Novel Formats which premiered in 2024. Kitamura has often led dual careers as a media professional and a musician. Formerly a journalist, she later directed communications and served as executive director for Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation. Kitamura has taught at Dartmouth College, the Kaufman Music Center, Arts for Art’s Visionary Youth Orchestra, The New School, and Bennington College. Kitamura collaborates with the New York Jazz Workshop on team-building activities. https://www.kyokokitamura.com/