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Our Man in Tokyo

02.26.2018 | Category, Music/Art

I went to see the screening of a short documentary film “Our man in Tokyo (Ballad of Shin Miyata)" at Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, yesterday.  Shin Miyata is a chicano music fan/record label producer/music promotor.  He became obsessed with the Chicano music in East Los Angeles years ago, and determined to spread the music in Japan.  He has brought many musicians from East LA to Japan performing at a numerous venues.  It’s an interesting take on a person with remarkable passion to the music of East LA.  I realized that Chicano culture and Japane...
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The War of the Worlds

11.13.2017 | Category, Music/Art

Today I had a pleasure to see the world premiere of the presentation "The War of the Worlds".  Many may have seen the Tom Cruise movie version of the H. G. Wells' science fiction classic, published in 1898.  In 1938, Orson Welles produced a 1-hour radio drama based on the same book.  The radio show had a format of simulated news bulletins. Reportedly, the radio show caused chaos throughout the US that many people believed the broadcast was real.  It showcased Orson Welles' brilliance.  Now, in 2017, the new opera group, the Industry, and LA phil put together the new version of this b...
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Ballaké Sissoko is a Mali-born kora player.  Kora is a traditional West African harp.  It has a half spherical wound at the bottom as a resonator and a wooden stick that holds the strings.  It was January 2011 in New York when I saw him play.  GlobalFest 2011 at Webster Hall in NYC.  Ballaké and Vincent played at the stage in the first floor, an intimate venue, with mesmerizingly beautiful melodies and rhythms.  I was so drawn to their music, which I thought they were the highlight of that night's festival.  They had the first album at that time, Chamber Music.  Since then, Ball...
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Ludovico Einaudi

11.06.2017 | Category, Blog, Music/Art

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist-composer known for his work on movies and contemporary classical music with minimalist quality.  I saw him play about 10 years ago at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.  It was shortly after he released Divenire album where he worked with electronic music.  As you may know, Hotel Cafe is a small venue with standing room only.  Since then, he has gained popularity, particularly because of the movie soundtrack works, as well as collaboration with other musicians including Ballake Sissoko.  When he came to UCLA last year, to play Elements, the Royce Hall was...
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The Red Shoes

10.01.2017 | Category, Blog, Music/Art

Went to see Mathew Borne's new ballet production, The Red Shoes, at Ahmanson Ttheater, last night.  I have seen his productions in the past, including Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Edward Scissorhands, and thoroughly enjoyed his shows.  His productions are very elegant, witty, and humorous at the same time.  This time, he took on the old UK film, The Red Shoes, from 1940s.  The story of love and passion is beautifully displayed with elegant yet powerful choreography.  Highly recommend this show to anyone who is interested in dance and ballet.  Also, the stage production and lighting ar...
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