PRESIDIO SESSIONS – Friday Evenings at 7 pm
About Presidio Sessions - In the intimate atmosphere of a house concert, experience jazz, contemporary, and classical music, and enjoy opportunities to converse with performers and each other. Offered in partnership with InterMusic SF.
Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra blends the sonorities and improvisational approaches of the jazz
tradition with Asian musical instruments and sensibilities. The premiere of GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans will be the centerpiece of a musical presentation 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.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration.
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.
Anthony Brown, drums, percussion, 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
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