ダリル・モリ

(Darryl Mori)

ダリル・モリは、芸術や非営利事業に関する執筆を専門とし、ロサンゼルスを拠点に活躍しています。三世、南カリフォルニア出身のモリ氏は、UCLAやボランティアをしている全米日系人博物館など幅広い分野へ寄稿しています。現在、アートセンター・カレッジ・オブ・デザインにて、ファンドレイジングや渉外関係に従事しています。

(2012年12月 更新) 

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Allen Say: Music for Alice

“I heard about Alice from a great shiatsu master, a strapping man in his early forties, while he worked on me,” Allen Say recalls. “I had been coaching the shy man in the art of asking women for dates; when he finally did get a date, the woman turned out to be an 87-year-old dancer. That got my immediate attention.”

For award-winning author and artist Say, the conversation led to an introduction to Alice Sumida, the octogenarian dancer. And the introduction ultimately led to Say’s new children’s book, Music for Alice.

Sumida, as Say learned, grew up on ...

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Dave Iwataki: Jazzing It Up

“Music is emotion,” says Dave Iwataki.

“My strongest, early influence was Herbie Hancock,” the veteran arranger/composer/keyboardist notes. “I aspired to play, write and evolve like him. I felt he had the gift for putting true emotion into music.”

For Iwataki, who has collaborated with major artists such as Peabo Bryson, Barry Manilow, Kenny G, The Pointer Sisters, Tom Scott, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Anka, and The Fifth Dimension, music is also culture.

As an early member of the iconic jazz group Hiroshima, Iwataki broke new ground in cross-cultural contemporary music. While enjoyed by mainstream ...

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The Rhythms of Life: Shasta Taiko

“This woman came up to me and said, ‘I don’t know why, but I just burst out crying when you were playing taiko,’” Jeanne Aiko Mercer says.

“That happens a lot,” the pioneering taiko artist explains. “I think taiko is very healing. It’s a release, and I think people need that in their lives.”

For Mercer and her husband Russel Baba, who founded the renowned Shasta Taiko group in 1985, the thundering rhythms of the taiko drum are more than just music—they’re an affirmation of life.

“The first time I saw a taiko performance, it just ...

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Tabloid Tableaus: Mike Shinoda and the "Glorious Excess" of Celebrity Lives

As a leading member of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda knows something about fame. But he believes that he’s learned the most about fame by studying famous people he’s never heard of.

“(While traveling with Linkin Park) I was watching foreign celebrity tabloid shows in London,” recalls Shinoda, who sat down with Swindle Magazine founder Roger Gastman for a public conversation at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). “The tabloids treated each person like they were the most important person in the world. But I didn’t know any of them. I noticed that ...

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Songs and Searching: The Music of Kiyoshi Graves

Beside the blue waters of a Los Angeles reservoir, Kiyoshi Graves found a long-hidden path.

It may be years before he learns where it leads. But following it has changed his life.

“After having been away for about 10 years, I moved back to Los Angeles in 2002 from Northern California and it was a mixed bag of emotions,” Graves says. “This was after swearing, as a confused high-school dropout in my teens, that I’d never come back. I was also sorting out my voice as a songwriter. Luckily, I met my friend, Sean Hoffman, a guitarist and engineer ...

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