24 Jun 05 - "Cosmic Drift" event, Visual Art exhibit, Hirshhorn Museum, Wash.,D.C.
18 Jul - Leprechaun Catering (Tom Boram & Jason Willett); Yoshida, Tatsuya; and FootFoot Stone (Jake Freeman) - Red Rm., Baltimore
21 Jul - Trio Tarana, Meyer auditorium, Freer Gallery, Wash.,D.C.
23 Jul - Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion), and Audrey Chen (voice, cello) - Red Rm., Balt.
5 Aug - bettysoo - Chez Lafitte, Easton, Md.
14 Aug - Korean War Memorial Concert, Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, Wash.,D.C... performance of a 19-part suite, Songs of the Forgotten War and a programmatic chamber work by Hee Sun Yoon, Korea in the Eyes of Higgins.
20 Aug - Kiran Ahluwalia, Millennium Stage, Kennedy Ctr., Wash.,D.C.... (If no ecstatic light movement, then please allow pop-ups on your browser to see the lights bubble up.)
30 Aug - heard Oliver Wang on NPR's Morning Edition reviewing Kanye West's sophomore release... Oliver sounded pretty good. His content was fine, as to be expected. He's a pretty good writer. His criticism was balanced. He aknowledged the weakness of West's vocals (and real-life ego), but praised much of the album's content and lush production. In the end, Wang thought the album fulfilled the promise of West's debut release. (Although, I found his transition from criticism to concluding praise was a bit abrupt. Perhaps, he had to edit his comments to keep within a time limit.)
23 September - High Zero festival, Theater Project, Baltimore, MD... Performers included Jay Kishor, Tatsuya Nakatani, Audrey Chen, and Spencer Yeh
24 September - Le Tigre, Ceasefire music festival, Washington, DC
28 September - Polysics and Limited Express (has gone?), Talking Head, Baltimore, MD
5 October - dropped off some leaflets about this website at the APA studies institute at NYU. (Hopefully, they'll be distributed to faculty and students)... and then walked over to the new Giant Robot store in the East Village. Serendipitously ran into co-proprietor and Giant Robot magazine publisher, Eric Nakamura, who was there for a 2-hour layover on his way back to L.A.
9 October - saw a trio performing on Chinese traditional instruments (flute, yang-chin, and er hu) at the Pacific Mall in Markham, Ontario. They were followed by Chinese (Mandarin) storyteller/rhymer accompanying himself with a wooden clapper. (I guess you could call it original/traditional Chinese rap.)
13 October - caught the last 15 minutes of No sleep til Shanghai, a video of an Asia tour by Jin Au-yeung (a.k.a., Jin tha MC). This was screened at the E Street Cinema in DC, part of the DC-area APA Film Festival.
17 October - After the concert, Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation, and his party passed me by in the corridor, as I was leaving the Kennedy Center concert hall. It happened too quick for me to whip out my point-and-shoot camera. It's been quite a few years since I've seen Mineta in person. He seemed to look the same. (Make-up?)
25 October - Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Talking Head club, Baltimore
29 October - I got lost trying to find the Korean United Methodist Church in McLean, Virginia. When I arrived, Jinny Kim was doing her second to the last song. She sounded good. (But I reserve final judgement, because I only heard 1.5 songs.)