Here are some events from 2011. Most recently, I performed with Melody Takata of GenRyu Arts at the Asian American Heritage Celebration on May 19th in San Francisco.
October 15, 2011
11 am to 4 pm
Tsukimi Matsuri (Autumn Moon Viewing Festival)
Music, dancing, poetry and more!
Peace Plaza, Japantown, San Francisco
Music, poetry, animation and drama combine for a feast of the senses! Fox and Jewel is a modern retelling of a Japanese fox myth in support of Japantown. As San Francisco prepares to redevelop Japantown, fears abound as to what redevelopment will do to the spirit of this vibrant community. This fun and timely collaboration arose as an expression of community concern. Featuring taiko artist/dancer/choreographer Melody Takata, poet and writer Ravi Chandra, actor/comedian Todd Nakagawa, shamisen/taiko/jazz artist Tatsu Aoki, composer/jazz artist Francis Wong, Gen Ryu Arts cast, filmmaker Adebukola Bodunrin, and lighting designer Patty Ann Farrell.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Asian Art Museum
Baat Cheet: A Feast of Talks about Indian Culture
followed by networking over chai and sweets
FREE with museum admission
Ten Bay Area taste-makers give 5 minute presentations about the impact of Indian culture and art on their creative work. From Bollywood to yoga, street food to poetry and art, South Asia has inspired creativity across the world. Speakers include: Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, poet and psychiatrist Ravi Chandra, artist Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, LACMA curator Julie Romain, artist Ranu Mukherjee, musician Cory Combs, India West editor Lisa Tsering, contemporary art collector Dipti Mathur, yoga instructor Monica Desai Henderson, and music and dance professor Nalini Ghuman.