Material contribuído por DMo

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Dave Iwataki: Jazzing It Up

Darryl Mori

“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.”

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June Kuramoto: Life and All That Jazz

Darryl Mori

“There are times I would doubt what I am doing, or if what I’m doing has any value,” June Kuramoto confides. “When I am recognized by the community, I feel so small compared to others who devote their lives to saving lives—firefighters, nurses, doctors, soldiers and those who ...

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Songs and Searching: The Music of Kiyoshi Graves

Darryl Mori

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.

Paul Dateh: Hip Hop Virtuoso

Darryl Mori

On his first day at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Paul Dateh—who had been studying classical violin since the age of four—abruptly dropped his major in Violin Performance.

A Jockey's Tale: Uncovering the Story of Kokomo Joe

Darryl Mori

“What initially catches my interest in any story is the story itself—its characters, its setting, its suspense and drama, its connection to events that are much larger than the story,” says author John Christgau.

Secret Asian Man: Breaking Barriers with a Comic Strip

Darryl Mori

Tak Toyoshima’s Asian American-themed comic strip, Secret Asian Man, is now nationally syndicated in major newspapers across the United States.

Faces of a Generation: Brian Y. Sato on Photographing the Nisei in Hawai'i

Darryl Mori

Many of the most compelling photographs in Brian Y. Sato's collection of portraits were almost never taken.

'The Cats of Mirikitani' — Film Review

Darryl Mori

Curiosity may have killed the cat. But in the case of The Cats of Mirikitani, a 2006 documentary gem just recently released on DVD, the combination of curiosity and cats results in a beautiful, moving tale of redemption.

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DMo is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.

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