Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:00pm - 8:30pm


Photo: courtesy of artist



Janice Mirikitani (first SF Poet Laureate), recitation • Shoko Hikage, koto, voice • Mark Izu, bass, sheng (Chinese mouth organ) • Mario Guarneri, Darren Johnston, trumpets • Mas Koga, saxes, shakuhachi • Frank Martin, keyboard • Jimi Nakagawa, Naoko Amemiya, taiko, percussion




GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans is the centerpiece of a musical presentation commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 (EO9066) in 1942 that forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into desolate internment camps until the end of World War II. GO FOR BROKE! honors the courageous Nisei (second generation Japanese in America) soldiers who fought in WWII while their families were imprisoned. The multi-movement composition (“I. Call to Duty II. Letters From Camp III. Uncommon Valor IV. Last Post”) will complement the Asian American Orchestra’s (AAO) presentation of EO9066: Truth Be Told, Anthony Brown’s Rockefeller-commissioned, extended work commemorating the internment experience. EO9066: Truth Be Told has served as the soundtrack for documentaries including Witness to Hiroshima (2009) and A Divided Community (2011) about internment camp draft resisters. “Rhymes (For Children)” from EO9066 served as the theme music for KQED-FM’s “Pacific Time,” a Public Radio International (PRI) syndicated weekly newsmagazine.


In the global community of the 21st century, Anthony Brown's Orchestra presents music that blends the sonorities and improvisational approaches of the jazz tradition with Asian musical instruments and sensibilities. In 1997, leaders of San Francisco's Asian American creative music movement founded the Asian American Jazz Orchestra (AAJO) to provide education nationally about the Japanese internment experiences of World War II.  With Brown as director, the Orchestra pursues Fifth Stream Music’s mission to advance the art form of jazz through innovative intercultural music and transformative educational experiences that reflect and promote an appreciation for, and understanding of American cultural diversity.



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