Gen: Legacies in Transformation Collision of Tradition and the Avant-Garde
San Francisco, CA 94102
Join us for a performance that explores the portrayal of women in Japanese and American music and art. Celebrating 20 years of collaboration, GenRyu Arts once again brings together a stellar cast of musicians and dancers from Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo. This interdisciplinary performance features taiko (Japanese drums), jazz, dance, text and visual projections. Tatsu Aoki and Kevin Bean’s visual artwork provides the backdrop for two special guests from Japan: Shamisen Grand Master Chizuru Kineya and Master Dancer Michikaoru Hanayagi. Tatsu Aoki and Kioto Aoki, from Chicago, will share the stage with the San Francisco-based musicians Francis Wong, Megan Lee, Wesley Hitomo Yee and Melody Takata.
Founded as Gen Taiko in 1995 and incorporated as GenRyu Arts in 2008, the group’s mission is to promote, present and participate in Japanese and Japanese American culture through taiko drumming and other traditional and contemporary art forms. Deeply rooted in San Francisco’s Japantown and in the Asian American Community, GenRyu Arts merges Japanese cultural forms—taiko, dance and folk songs—with new music, spoken word and visual design. These singular expressions honor community heritage and address key issues stemming from the legacy of internment and redevelopment, both of which continue to impact San Francisco’s Japanese American community.
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