Producer, arranger, keyboardist, songwriter, composer, electronic music pioneer, actor: Japan’s Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died in late March this year after a long battle with cancer, was all of these things, together and/or separately.
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Dylan J. Locke: From the state capital to L.A. fame
When your father’s the state governor, then a member of Obama’s cabinet, then the ambassador to China—and when your mother’s a Miss Asian America, then a television reporter—you could be forgiven for thinking your family isn’t quite like anybody else’s.
Seattle International Film Festival: Dazzling visions from across Asia
Painters, poets, scribes, and filmmakers often have to make sacrifices for their art. But the lovers of art, the ones determined to be part of the scene as fans, sometimes go it rough for their own ends.
Midori: Boldly bringing the Bach, to Benaroya
Child-prodigy violinist Midori (she uses only that name) began to travel the world playing classical music after her first public performance, at age 6, in her home town of Osaka, Japan.
Xian Zhang: Classical music from Beijing to Seattle, by way of New Jersey
Xian Zhang’s Wikipedia page indicates that she started studying classical music with her mother, learning on a piano her father hand-built.
Yue Bao: Classical music from Shanghai to Seattle
We hear a fair amount about obligatory music lessons for kids, and a fair amount about parents trying to stimulate, or unlock, the intelligence of their young offspring.
“Tacoma Method”: An opera for the past, present, and future
“Tacoma Method” refers to the forceful expulsion of Tacoma’s entire Chinese population, stemming from an anti-Chinese riot that started in the city on Nov. 3, 1885.
“Asian American Eyz’d”: Furious, funny, and heartfelt
Bombing—in plain English, a comedian stuck with an audience which isn’t laughing—happens to every comic sooner or later.
Seattle Asian American Film Festival: Back for more and back in the flesh
The annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) returns this year, and returns to the big screen, for the first time since early 2020 before the statewide shutdown.
Joseph To: Hong Kong choral director comes halfway around the world
Joseph To came all the way from Hong Kong to study and work in the Seattle area.
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