Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “… talented, sensitive … brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist known for her virtuosic performances that feature a diverse selection of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar. Through her impeccable musicianship, compelling stage presence, and constant premieres of new musical works, JIJI’s intriguing programming solidifies her reputation as a 21st-century guitarist. Washington Post selected JIJI as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow.” The Kansas City Star described JIJI as “a graceful and nuanced player,” adding that “… she presented an intimate, captivating performance” in reviewing her recent concerto debut appearance with the Kansas City Symphony.
As a major highlight of her 2019-20 season, JIJI performed Hillary Purrington’s concerto Harp of Nerves at Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra and conductor George Menahan. Other highlights from this season included JIJI’s Lincoln Center debut Great Performers series in April 2019 and the world premiere of four new pieces in her concert at 92nd Street “Y” in November 2019. Upcoming major performances include an electric guitar concerto written for her by the emerging Latvian composer Krists Auznieks, which will be premiered in Riga, Latvia, with Sinfonietta Riga in December 2021, and JIJI’s solo recital at Caramoor this July 2021.
Recent highlights encompass a wide array of venues, including Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street “Y,” Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Moss Arts Center, Green Music Center, National Art Gallery, National Sawdust, Miller Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue Convocations, Mass MOCA, Le Poisson Rouge, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton Sound Kitchen, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Napa Valley, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her performances have been featured on PBS (On Stage at Curtis series), NPR’s “From the Top,” WHYY-TV, FOX 4-TV, Munchies (the Vice Channel), The Not So Late Show (Channel 6, Kansas), and Hong Kong broadcast station RTHK’s The Works.
Following the success of her EP recording, Underglow, JIJI is currently working on recording her new project, UNBOUND, which features commissioned music written specifically for her. Additional details to be announced in the summer of 2021.
After becoming the first guitarist to win the Concert Artists Guild competition 1st prize in 30 years, JIJI was granted a BMI Foundation commissioning grant: it was awarded for her outstanding performance in the Concert Artists Guild Competition. Using this fund, JIJI commissioned Nina C. Young to write her a new guitar piece to premiere in an upcoming performance. JIJI’s most recent chamber music endeavors include touring with Latin Grammy winners Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Carla Canales, Verona Quartet, soprano Molly Netter, and Brasil Guitar Duo.
In 2018, JIJI joined the ASU School of Music faculty as an Assistant Professor of Guitar. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and creating weird sounds on Ableton. JIJI is currently sponsored by D’Addario Strings and GuitarLift by Felix Justen.