Archive | Vol 28 No 42 | 10/10-10/16

Asian American Pioneers in Music

Asian American Pioneers in Music

This year’s gala takes place Oct. 16 and will honor musicians who have inspired their students and brought their craft to the masses. This special issue of Northwest Asian Weekly tells their stories, from their influences to how their talents developed to their greatest triumphs.

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A Class Act: Marcus Tsutakawa 

A Class Act: Marcus Tsutakawa 

There is a certain kind of magic when conductor Marcus Tsutakawa lifts his baton to lead Garfield High School’s orchestras.

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A technological whiz: Sharad Gadre

A technological whiz: Sharad Gadre

Sharad Gadre
Sharad Gadre

In 1200 AD, Indian classical music started to formalize into a school of culture. In the 21st century, Sharad Gadre has been taking it one step ahead: into the cyber world.

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A writer of love songs: Ngo Thuy Mien

A writer of love songs: Ngo Thuy Mien

Music has always been a way for Ngo Thuy Mien to express himself and share his emotions with those he loves.

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An improviser:  Deems Tsutakawa

An improviser: Deems Tsutakawa

As a jazz pianist for more than 40 years, Deems Tsutakawa has created an original, distinctive sound known by many jazz fans.

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The creator of a legacy: Angelo Pizarro

The creator of a legacy: Angelo Pizarro

Angelo Pizarro (Photo by Kevin Fry)
Angelo Pizarro (Photo by Kevin Fry)

Whenever he strikes the first note or chord on the acoustic guitar, Angelo Pizarro hopes it creates a “nice tone” for his audiences to enjoy. And once he starts playing, his passion for what he calls “a mixture of what I like” — an improvisational blend of traditional Filipino–Spanish music with jazz and pop — is made very clear after he performs for several hours without taking any breaks.

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An operatic voice: Dieter Cui

An operatic voice: Dieter Cui

Dieter Cui may reside in Seattle, but he is a world traveler when it comes to performing and teaching opera music. In addition to being a top performer in Chinese and Western opera, Cui — whose Chinese first name is Zong Shun — contributes to the community through his nonprofit organization, the Seattle PhiloVoce Association. Cui has also taught hundreds of students in Seattle.

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Ambassadors of Chinese music: Warren Chang and Buyun Zhao

Ambassadors of Chinese music: Warren Chang and Buyun Zhao

Warren Chang and Buyun Zhao, a husband and wife duo, have introduced the Chinese genre of music to the Seattle community over the last two decades. They founded the first organization dedicated to Chinese music in Washington state.

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A pair of lifelong singers:  Young Hee Kim and Kyung-Ah Oh

A pair of lifelong singers: Young Hee Kim and Kyung-Ah Oh

For 30 years, the Korean Music Association (KMA) — formerly the Korean American Musicians Association of Washington — has been offering free concerts in Seattle, attracting more than 1,000 audiences each year. Two of its founding members, sopranos Young Hee Kim and Kyung-Ah Oh, are still singing and taking part in community events.

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Pianist and tuner Yuri Melekh help  88 keys sound their best

Pianist and tuner Yuri Melekh help 88 keys sound their best

While there are only 88 keys on a piano, its rich sounds can conjure up an infinite number of emotions within a listener. Although many Asian/Pacific Islander (API) parents dream that their child would become a classical prodigy, that notion seldom comes into fruition aside from a recital or three.

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A philanthropic future for the Massive Monkees?

A philanthropic future for the Massive Monkees?

The Massive Monkees, a world-known break dancing crew, can be described in many ways. To one another — they are family. To their students — they are mentors, teachers, and role models. To their fans — they are world champions. After more than 10 years of dancing their way through break dancing competitions, they’ve won countless awards and titles, and they are recognized leaders in the community.

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Ban Ki-Moon to receive honorary degree from UW

Ban Ki-Moon to receive honorary degree from UW

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Washington (UW) on Oct. 26 at a formal convocation. The ceremony will be presided over by UW President Mark Emmert and will take place in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on the UW Seattle campus.

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China National Acrobatic Troupe’s North America show set to dazzle

China National Acrobatic Troupe’s North America show set to dazzle

DARE, an acrobatic show featuring 38 award-winning performers from China, debuts this month at Meany Hall on the UW campus.

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No happy ending in Sex in Seattle’s latest episode

No happy ending in Sex in Seattle’s latest episode

“Sex in Seattle 17: Coming Clean” is this year’s installment of the lives of Jenna, Elizabeth, and Tess — three single Asian American friends coping with their complicated love lives. The play is currently showing at the Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill through Oct. 17. Its subtitle, “Coming Clean,” refers to the romantic decisions that each woman must make so that she can be truly happy.

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Editorial: Seattle Public Schools sets new boundaries in order to improve education — will it work?

Last Tuesday, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) proposed a new method for student enrollment: assigning students to schools based on their addresses. SPS plans to phase in its new method over the next several years starting next fall.

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Letter: I-1033 will get Washington citizens off fiscal rollercoaster

To the Editor:

I-1033 brings back previously successful policies passed by the voters. In 1993, during tough economic times, voters approved Initiative 601, which put reasonable limits on government’s fiscal policies. I-601 established a sustainable rate for government to grow, saying it could grow at the inflation rate plus population growth, with faster growth requiring voter approval.

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Letter: NWAW should not promote Communist China

To the Editor:

The Chinese Communist Party enslaves, tortures, imprisons, and murders Chinese citizens who dare to question its oppressive and cruel policies. This includes practitioners of Falun Gong.

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Sept: 20: Korean BBQ cook-off presents plenty of good eats

Sept: 20: Korean BBQ cook-off presents plenty of good eats

The Korean BBQ Cook-Off Competition was held at Luther Burbank Park. It was hosted by the Korean America Coalition of Washington (KAC-WA), Korean American Bar Association (KABA), and Korean America Health Professional Association (KAHPA). More than 110 people attended.

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Sept. 16: Health Global Connect Inc. has its open house with ACRS

Sept. 16: Health Global Connect Inc. has its open house with ACRS

Health Global Connect Inc. is a startup company bringing new health technologies to cancer patients. At its open house on Beacon Hill, it partnered with the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) to launch a beta site in a joint symposium with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. Health Global Connect Inc.’s co-founders are Teresa Hau and Lyon Wong.

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Aug. 27: See Kai Run children’s footwear is one of the fastest-growing private companies

Aug. 27: See Kai Run children’s footwear is one of the fastest-growing private companies

See Kai Run, a popular manufacturer of the perfect first shoe for new walkers, ranked 196th on the 28th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. See Kai Run is celebrating its 5-year anniversary this fall.

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