Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra blends the sonorities and improvisational approaches of the jazz tradition with Asian musical instruments and sensibilities. GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans is the world-premiere performance of a piece commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 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 World War II while their families were imprisoned. Anthony Brown, drums, percussion, composer, director; Naoko Amemiya, taiko, percussion; Ian Carey, trumpet; Shoko Hikage, koto, voice; Mark Izu, bass, sho (mouth organ); Masaru Koga, saxophones, shakuhachi; Brendan Liu, trumpet; Frank Martin, piano; Jimi Nakagawa, taiko, percussion; Brenda Wong Aoki, voice.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration.