Talking Taiko: Music and Poetry Celebrating Poet Yuri Kageyama's New Book
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Her parents named her "Star" ... and with a grandfather, uncles and a father all famous musicians, how could she be anything but? The star in question is Estrella Morente, who has since exceeded every prediction of success to become one of the greatest flamenco vocalists alive today. Celebrated for her fresh approach to flamenco and popular Spanish songs, Morente has a supple and evocative voice, summoning heart-broken regret and boundless joy with equal ease (and often within the same song). So stirring is her voice, that director Pedro Almodóvar included it on the soundtrack to his Oscar-nominated film, Volver. Experience her intense rhythms and moody melodies -- and the accompaniment of a dazzling flamenco guitarist -- when Morente performs live at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall. Learn More
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Featured review from Ronald Mah
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They performed for 30 minutes and then put on a video that ran 40 minutes before we left. I don't know how long the video continued. I don't know how long it took for live performers to return or if it was any good. We left.
This was supposed to be "live performance" not watching video. 10 minutes or 15 minutes of video would have been ok, but not so long. What's more, the video had her doing at least two of the same poems that she had just performed. Very lame... very disappointing.
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Poetry a bit heavy, right from the get go. It would have been easier to listen to had there been some combination of lightness with darkness.
Please no singing!
And I wish there had been more taiko. That's primarily why I attended.
Yuri Kageyama is a bilingual and bicultural poet and writer, born in Japan and raised in Maryland, Tokyo and Alabama. Her works have appeared in many literary publications, including Y’Bird, Greenfield Review, San Francisco Stories, On a Bed of Rice, Breaking Silence: an Anthology of Asian American Poets, POW WOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience _ Short Fiction from Then to Now, Other Side River, Beyond Rice, Yellow Silk, Stories We Hold Secret, KONCH, MultiAmerica and Obras. She has two books of poems, The New and Selected Yuri: Writing From Peeling Till Now and Peeling. Her film Talking Taiko (March 2010), directed by Yoshiaki Tago, documents her readings and thoughts on art and life. She has collaborated in readings with music, visual art and dance, including an Isamu Noguchi exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has translated the words of dancer Suzushi Hanayagi for Robert Wilson’s performance piece “KOOL _ Dancing in My Mind.” She also translated Hiromi Ito's poems. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University and holds an M.A. in Sociology from the UC Berkeley. She lives in Tokyo.