Archive for June, 2008

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Okinawan folk songs in Chinatown, Sat 6/28

June 21, 2008

Kossan, a traveling Zen monk and sanshin player, has performed in the NYC subway system, Japanese bars and restaurants, and was recently featured on the New York Times blog. His ensemble, Kossan Matsuri, performs Okinawan folk songs and includes male and female vocals, sanshin, and chindon (Brian, Kaori, and Wynn).

We’ll be performing at 7pm on Saturday 6/28 in Chinatown, Columbus Park Pavilion.

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Okinawan folk songs at Suibi, Sat 6/21

June 19, 2008

Kossan, Kaori and I will be performing Okinawan folk songs at Suibi, a remarkable Okinawan restaurant in the East 50s. Two sets starting at 7:30pm and 9pm Saturday. Come join the fun!

SUIBI
232 E 53rd St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave
Phone: 212-935-1443

Take the E, V, or 4, 6 to 53rd and Lex.

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KIOKU at Vision Festival, Sat 6/14, 4pm

June 11, 2008

KIOKU will be performing at the renowned Vision Festival, held at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on 107 Suffolk. Here’s the lineup for Saturday afternoon:

Saturday, June 14: AFTERNOON at the Milagro
1:00pm Poetry Reading: Hila Ratzabi, Jake Marmer, TBA
2:00pm Jeff Arnal Trio with Gordon Beeferman (p), John Dierker (ts, bcl).
3:00pm Nabaté Isles’ Imagination with David Gilmore (g), Sam Barsh (keys), Jaimeo Brown (dr).
4:00pm Kioku. Wynn Yamami (taiko, perc), Ali Sakkal (saxes), Christopher Ariza (el).
5:00pm Mazz Swift featuring James Peter Lee and Vernon Reid

Review from www.allaboutjazz.com: An unorthodox ensemble under the name Kioku proved the stand-out of the afternoon with an intriguing blend of oriental sonorities, free jazz and ambient noise. Comprising Wynn Yamami (percussion), Ali Sakkal (alto, percussion) and Christopher Ariza (live electronics), they attracted attention from the off when rattling electronics and percussion gave way to noise reminiscent of a railway station concourse, before Sakkal debuted his passionate raw-toned alto. Yamami’s measured taiko drumming was goosed by funkily rhythmic belches from laptop, before Sakkal erupted with another spirited outing of hoarse cries. A change of pace ensued with the slow-burning atmospherics derived from Sakkal’s sustained long tones against a backdrop of trickling water and gongs in an excellent set.

KIOKU at Vision Festival

KIOKU at Vision Festival

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Okinawan folk songs at Suibi, Sat 6/7

June 5, 2008

Kossan, Bill, and I will be performing Okinawan folk songs at Suibi, a remarkable Okinawan restaurant in the East 50s. Two sets starting at 7:30pm and 9pm Saturday. Come join the fun!

SUIBI
232 E 53rd St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave
Phone: 212-935-1443

Take the E, V, or 4, 6 to 53rd and Lex.

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HFS at Japan Day, 6/1

June 5, 2008

The weather cleared up on Sunday and Japan Day was a blast. There’s a very short clip of us in this segment from Fuji TV and a slightly jittery fan clip here.

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HFS in Chinatown, 5/31

June 4, 2008

We’ll be heralding the first movie in the Chinatown Sunset Cinema Series, with free films scheduled throughout the summer. We start playing at 7pm, and as the sun sets, they’ll start the movie Nana. sponsored by AAARI and Chinatown Partnership LDC, with special thanks to Antony Wong!

Update: We had a great time in Chinatown and we managed to make the Sing Tao Daily News.

Sing Tao