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LOG - 38

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3 January 2010 - music sign or placard, Frank and Sons Collectibles flea market, City of Industry, CA -- Free image hosting at

5 January - drummer wearing/carrying cymbals on his back, LAX
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17 January - monthly Arbutus record show, Arbutus firehouse, Baltimore County, Maryland

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Arbutus record show
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19 January - Foreign Policy magazine's website is displaying photos of Chinese bands by Martin Niederhauser (with commentary by him and Christina Larson):

28 February - Lee Pui Ming / John Hopkins Univ., Shriver hall, Baltimore, MD

performing with the Hopkins Symphony Orch. (Jed Gaylin, conducting)... Meanwhile, here's an interview I did with her, a while back...

6 March - EDGE @ Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier, MD
[more to come]
Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola/compositions), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (perc.), Steve Swell (trmbn.) [note: Swell substitutes for Taylor Ho Bynum (trmpt./flugelhorn)]

20 March - Chihara Trio, Baltimore

from Penn State: Anthony Costa (clarinets), Tim Deighton (viola), & Enrico Elisi (piano)... They played works by Kye Ryung Park, Paul Chihara, Schumann, and Mozart.

26 March - M. Takara 3 @ Metro Gallery, Baltimore - the group is from São Paulo, Brazil (pictures to follow)... talking to a guy at the merch table, I found out that Brazil's sole vinyl pressing plant had been shut down for a couple years.
(Upon doing a little research, it seems that the factory might be the only one in Latin America. And here's the link to a Brazilian video about the renovated and modernized facility: )

7 April - flew into the Austin airport and immediately looked for the music stage. This is what I found:

8 April - the sole music panel at this year's Asian American studies conference, Austin Texas: Angela Ahlgren (UT-Austin) on lesbian taiko players in Vancouver, Eric Hung (Rider U., Princeton, NJ) on a Chinese youth orchestra in New Jersey, and Kevin Fellezs (UC-Merced) on categorizing Asian American jazz musicians.

(more pics to come)

9 April - ran around town (Austin, Texas) and found music making along the way... Had a look at the outer offices of radio station KUT (90.5 FM), where they were doing their spring membership drive... walking down Guadalupe St. (bordering the west side of the UT campus) came upon a drummer pounding along with a rock recording... rode the newly opened CapMetro rail line (light rail transit or streetcar) to the vicinity of the plane crash (remember when that madman flew his plane back in February into an office building containing IRS folks?)... On the way back from that, stopped in at a Whole Foods supermarket to get a bite, and diners were entertained by a spirited bluesy jazz trio (singer and 2 guitars (or gtr. & bass))... made it back into downtown, where a conferees (Asian American studies conference) post-happy hour gathering was still going on at a upscale bar... ran into Jeff Yang, the Asian American commentator at We hadn't seen each other in many years, but we still recognized each other, and the good vibes flowed. (pics to follow)

10 April - Phuong Nguyen (postdoc at Northwestern) on the influence of the Voice of America broadcasts and expat songs on listeners in Vietnam

Couldn't stay and watch the complete performance of BettySoo and her Band of Willing Company at Momo's in Austin, Texas. They sounded great and her voice was in fine form.
(more pics to follow)
Too bad, that I had to leave after half an hour to catch one of the last buses back to the area I'm staying. (Yeah, I'm too cheap to get a taxi.)

11 April - the bathroom of Cheapo records (Lamar & 10th) in Austin is plastered with record album covers. Here's one panoramic view: Free image hosting at
The following album cover is of particular interest:
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17 April - Cynthia Lin and Tim Be Told, TASA's "Night Market", Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore...
(more pics to come)

20 April - In email exchange with radio show producer, Dan Tsang ("Subversities", KUCI 88.9 FM, Orange County, California), he reminds me that podcasts or soundfiles can be found on the show blog. If you go there, and scroll down to the April 12 entry, you can hear the recent Asian American studies conference panel on the late Chinese American historian, Him Mark Lai.

24 April 2010 - Stephanie & Saar (4-hands piano) and Jenny Lin (solo piano), An die Musik, Baltimore... Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia played works by Bach and Frescobaldi transcribed by György Kurtág and F.X. Gleichauf. Lin played a set of Shostakovich preludes and fugues.

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