Brenda Wong Aoki
with Mark Izu
(USA)

Uncle Gunjiro's Girlfriend

Thursday May 19 8:30pm
Saturday May 21 9:00pm
Sunday May 22 3:30pm
Duration: 80 minutes,
no intermission

Southside Theater
Tickets: General Admission
$20 in advance, $25 at door

Brenda Wong Aoki with Mark Izu

A secret shame at the time of the Great Earthquake, the marriage of Helen Emery daughter of the Archdeacon of Grace Cathedral and Gunjiro Aoki, scion of a samurai noble house, sparked Yellow peril journalism, public outrage, death threats and the loss of Ms. Emery’s citizenship. Told by Gunjiro’s grandniece Brenda Wong Aoki accompanied by Emmy Award winning composer Mark Izu, and koto artist Shoko Hikage, repercussions from Gunjiro’s marriage reverberate into the new millennium. Uncle Gunjiro’s Girlfriend, the U.S. representative to the Adelaide International Festival. “Fascinating and inspirational” – Chicago Weekly Reader. “a great gift to the jazz tradition” – Downbeat Magazine

ARTIST BIOS

First Voice, features the haunting eloquence of writer-performer Brenda Wong Aoki with the silk and iron tones of composer-contra bass player Mark Izu - artists in the vanguard of cultural metamorphosis. Their original storydramas, rooted in Gagaku, Nohgaku & physical theater, center around myth, personal story and history. Izu is listed in The Grove Dictionary of Music as a seminal leader of Asian American Jazz. Aoki’s grandfather was a founder of America’s first Japanese settlement – Japantown San Francisco. Their work has garnered multiple Hollywood-Dramalogue Awards, NEA Fellowships, Critic Circle Awards, INDIE Awards, Dramatist Guild, ASCAP awards and an Emmy.

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