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Watch improvisor and engineer Samara Lubelski play violin on a Tamalero’s bike in Mexico City during El Nicho 2015

Samara Lubelski is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor and engineer, who grew up in Soho, New York, She made her solo debut album In the Valley in 1997. This was followed by The Fleeting Skies (2004), Spectacular Of Passages (2005), Parallel Suns (2007), Future Slip (2009) Wavelength (2012), and String Cycle (2014).

Lubelski has also performed and recorded with numerous artists including New York trio Hall Of Fame, The Tower Recordings, MV & EE, and Thurston Moore, with whom she played violin on Trees Outside The Academy and Demolished Thoughts. Current projects include an improvisational duo with Marcia Bassett and a long-standing collaboration with German collective Metabolismus,with whom she recently released The Gilded Age on Drawing Room Records.

This video was filmed by Patrick Danse at last year's El Nicho festival in Mexico City, where Lubelski performed a solo improvised violin set and presented an audio-visual collaboration with Marcia Bassett and Barry Weisblat.

El Nicho 6 will take place at various venues in Mexico City from 11–15 May. Ricardo Pineda reviewed El Nicho 2015 event in The Wire 377. Subscribers to the magazine can read that via Exact Editions.

Watch a solo drum performance by Ikuro Takahashi

In February 2010, Japanese percussionist Ikuro Takahashi performed at Akebono Art and Community Centre in Sapporo, capital city of Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido. Film maker Mikio Saito was there to capture it