Little Tokyo, 1989
One night, Mario Martinez, a struggling musician from Boyle Heights, was sitting in a booth at the Atomic Café in Little Tokyo ...
Is Japanese Canadian Bernie Arai a pioneering jazz drummer? Answering this question during a recent interview, he was quick to say: “I don’t think ...
“The day the music died,” from the song “American Pie” by Don McLean, referred to February 3, 1959, the day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and ...
FandangObon is a project that brings together the Japanese, Mexican, and African-American communities into one circle to share participatory music and dance traditions in order ...
The lights flicker once, and people begin to move from the lobby into a long line.
“Why all this drama?” the White woman behind me ...
Boyle Heights, 1940
“Hey Masao, where did you score those fine drapes, ese?”
“Over on Brooklyn and Soto. Manny Garcia’s uncle has a tailor ...
TAIKOPROJECT is at it again. The fast-paced, world-class LA taiko group has recently finished a nationwide tour. And now, fresh off the April release of ...
Fetching tunes? Check!
Insanely talented musicians? Check!
Taiko drums? Why not?
So goes the story of Random Ninjas, an LA-based band that plays ...
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How did you join the Kodo drummers on Sadogashima?
I first saw Kodo perform at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto in 1982 ...
Gary Kiyoshi Nagata, 46, the leader of Nagata Shachu, one of Canada’s premiere taiko groups, was born and raised in the Richmond Hill area ...
World War II
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