Livestreamed during the Covid-19 safer at home order in Los Angeles from ArtShareLA.
Jas Lin and Kyoko Takenaka presented a multi-media show utilizing ArtShare’s stage and backstage area along with interactive elements on zoom - all to a virtual audience.
Cavern [穴] is an exploration of creating and entering sacred space, exploring the resonant feelings in one’s 2020 quarantine body of “nothing to do, nothing to fix,” and the hustle and bustle of salary businessmen going back to work.
Movement by Jas Lin and Kyoko Takenaka
Piano, guitar and vocals by Kyoko Takenaka
Images by Philips Shum.
ASIAN AMERICA: THE FUTURE IS NOW
Asians in America stand inside a future that has already arrived.
Through dance, movement, and meditation, using sound, poetry, spiritual tools, and healing foods, we invite you to join us for an evening where we stand in our collective power and honor the future that lives inside of each of us.
Together, we are weaving the songs of our mothers and motherlands.
We are singing the stories of migration that live in our bodies.
We are looking within to fully actualize these present moments.
We are seeking freedom from past.
We are claiming our seats of power for the transformational changes we’re calling in.
Gunita Collective, Jasmine Lin, Min Yoon, Charlotte Nguyen, Jenevieve Ting, Gingee, Ally Vega, Paru Frances, Farrah Su, Genevieve Erin O’ Brien, Jenny San Angel, kyoko nakamaru, Jennelle Fong
Photo Series by Jennelle Fong.
Images by Farrah Su.
RESCORED: A FILM AND MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019
Japanese American National Museum
groundbreaking composers to perform live alternative scores for short films from Visual Communications’ award-winning archive of Asian-American films shot in and around Little Tokyo from the 1930's to today.
Composers included Winston Raval, Diwa de Leon, Joy Ngiaw, and Kyoko Takenaka, who all improvised a live score to CITY CITY (Duane Kubo / USA / 1974 / 12 mins) together.
Kyoko created a live score to MOCHI MONSTER, a film about a radioactive mochi-monster that disrupts Japanese new year’s in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles; and LITTLE TOKYO HOME MOVIES, featuring footage from pre-world war II Los Angeles.
Medium: Live guitar, looping, vocals, and sampler.
Rooted Love: A Night of Cultural Resistance Through Music,
Visual and Performance Art
A sensory-inspired night of visual, musical and oral storytelling. Presented by Jinjabrew in collaboration with local artists and cultural workers, this performance exists in the form of original music, poetry, live painting and meditative ceremony. These works of art offer a deep and reverent contemplation on the relationship between our identities, our memories, our sense of belonging, and the ancestral wounds we inherit. By making peace with our pain and acknowledging the diverging aspects of our cultural traditions, this journey is dedicated to tuning in with the vibration of love and healing the bondages that will allow us to renew and reclaim the roots of our being.
Directed by Kyoko Takenaka
Participating artists include: Robben Muñoz, Diana Daeun Choung, Rosalee Bernabe, Charlotte Nguyen, Jenevieve Ting, Olufemi O. Taiwo, Travis Walker, Mr. Song + members of Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, Tobi Adebajo (UK) and XANA (UK).