Nobuko Miyamoto’s 120,000 Stories (Presidio)
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Presidio Theatre | 99 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
Submitted by the Event Organizer
The show will begin at 2:00 PM in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio, as part of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s milestone 50th Anniversary: Celebrating Generations.
The roots for Nobuko Miyamoto’s 120,000 Stories, is a reminder of the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, as was Nobuko herself. The show is a multi-generational, multicultural experience that traces her life beginning with her Japanese immigrant grandparents, her own incarceration during World War II as an infant and her pioneering appearances on Broadway and Hollywood in West Side Story and Flower Drum Song. Realizing there were not many who looked like her in the entertainment industry catalyzed her own social awakening in the 1960s and 70s as part of the Asian American movement and the singing duo “Chris and Joanne.” With Chris Iijima and Charlie Chin, she co-created the seminal album, A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggles by Asians in America, which is celebrating its own 50th anniversary this year.
Joining Nobuko as part of her musical team are: Derek Nakamoto, a veteran musician and composer who has worked with the band Hiroshima and artists such as Keiko Matsui, Teddy Pendergrass, Whitney Houston and Michael Bolton; Abe Lagrimas, Jr., a gifted drummer who won grand prize at an international competition at the age of 13 and is one of Hawaii’s elite musicians. Special Bay Area guest artists include saxophonist Francis Wong and San Jose Taiko’s PJ Hirabayashi. Additional performers are bass player Juan Perez and vocalists Lynn Fiddimont, Valerie Pinkston, and Fred White. With this eclectic team of musicians playing to a backdrop of captivating imagery, Nobuko takes the audience on an immersive journey through time that will resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Artists: Nobuko Miyamoto, Derek Nakamoto, Francis Wong