27 January 2007 - Kioku (Wynn Yamami -taiko/perc.; Ali Sakkal -sax/perc.; Chris Ariza -laptop), Red Room, Baltimore
10 February - Edge (Jason Kao Hwang -violin; Taylor Ho Bynum -horns; Andrew Drury -perc.; Ken Filiano -bass), An die Musik, Baltimore
31 March - Music of Japan Today symposium, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
5-7 April - Asian American studies conference, Grand Central Hyatt, NY
2 May - Kevin So, Austin Grill, Baltimore... The evening was hosted by local singer/songwriter Bob Sima and included Freddie Long from Frederick County.
27 May - Jannie Lo, An die Musik, Baltimore
20 June - Lenka Dusilova, DC9, Wash.,D.C. (you can click on a picture to see it bigger)
I've been thinking about visiting the place... so I thought what better way to get a feel for Czech culture than to see one of their best known musicians.
Of late, it seems that she's spent some time living in the Bay area. She's written songs, in English, based on or during that time.
During her performance, this evening, she interspersed them with songs written in Czech. Even though I don't understand Czech, I liked them better than her English-language songs. They were crisper; they had a snap to them. The rhythms and melodies were more interesting.
15 July - Jason Kao Hwang, Sangha, Takoma Park, MD
21 July - Whartscape, Baltimore, MD
27 July - Conquest for Death and Breakfast, Charm City Space, Baltimore... main reason for attending was to meet Alex Yeung of CfD. His main band is called Say Bok Gwai... also met Devon, lead singer for CfD. (He's from Emeryville, Calif.)... talked to some of the members of Breakfast, a band from Japan, who've been touring with CfD. Both bands are of the hardcore / thrash variety... Also met DJ Breakfast. I think he might've said that he's from Annapolis. He's been spinning in DC.
17 August - Heard on the radio that famous jazz drummer, Max Roach, had died. You can find a '99 picture of him here. He's in the second picture. It was taken in the dressing room, after a concert at the Library of Congress.
13 Sep - ChthoniC press conference, National Press Club, Washington, DC... It was a good event. The press asked a lotta good questions about the band's 2-month touring experience in the U.S. (and Canada) and their campaign to promote Taiwan's entry into the United Nations.
The pictures, below, of the press conference show the band (minus the drummer) and the owner of the rock club they were to play that evening.
When I first heard about this campaign, I thought that it was a bit crazy. Why target metal rock fans? But Freddy said that during the tour, he's been interviewed a hundred times, sometimes several times a day. I guess this kind of press attention is normally reserved for superstars or top celebrities. The political hook has definitely paid off, in terms of press coverage. The DC press conference was packed. (Of course, you'd expect that given the subject matter and DC's concentration of foreign and foreign language news media.) The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have run lengthy articles on the band, tour, and campaign.
15 Sep - Peelander-Z, Ottobar, Baltimore, MD... this band excels in eliciting audience participation...
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