The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latino, Japanese and American musical traditions since 2006. Both accomplished musicians in their own right, Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy came together after years of admiring each other’s work and discovering that their sounds could be combined to make something genuinely new and unique. Fittingly, the title of their debut CD, “Quenarimba”, combines the names of their primary instruments, the quena, a traditional Andean flute, and the marimba. “Quenarimba” showcases their distinctive combination of warm, natural wood sounds and takes the listener on a musical trip from Japan to South America. Playing a brand of music that is truly their own and not easily categorized, the Duo’s repertoire covers an amazingly wide range of styles with an innovative approach. They play from an extensive catalog of Andean, traditional South American, jazz, Latin jazz and Japanese compositions, as well as original compositions. Their award-winning youth program “Musical Trip Around the World” has been sponcered by the King/Pierce/Sno-Isle County and City of Seattle Public Library Systems. They often visit various K-12 schools for morning assemblies and multi-cultural festivals, nursing/retirement homes all over Washington State. Their invitaitons have been extended to perform in Oregon, California, Chile and Japan.
The Duo has been invited to perfrom various places in Washington State -Beneroyal Hall, Univeristy of Washington, Western Washington University, Seattle Feistas Patrias, Seattle Univeristy, Arts in Nature, Columia Art Walk, South Puget Sound Community College, Peninsul College, Festival Sandiata, Seattle Central College, Seattle Torshlight Parade, Grays Harbor College, , Seattle Children’s Museum, Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Rhythm Festical, Tacoma Ethnic Fest., Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, City of Seattle/Shoreline/Edmonds Parks & Recreations, Bellevue Art Museum Arts Fair, Tacoma Ocean Fest, Tacoma Moon Fest., Snoqualmie-Chaclacayo, Peru Sister-City celebration, Seattle Summer Parkways, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma, Seattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum.
Miho & Diego also collaborate music projects with South Sound Symphonic Band, Graham-Kapowsin Jazz Band, Griffin Middle School, Artist Mentoring Program, Seattle Peace Choir, 91.3 FM-KBCS, Sponge School, Kizuna Project, Northwest Immigrants’ Right Project and more. The Miho & Diego Duo has received artists grants from 4Culture, Aritst Trust, and National Endowment for the Arts.