Music x Ideas x Space = Compose LA

Howard Ho

Akira Mizuta Lippit

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center x Compose LA

Aratani Theatre Black Box

Curated by JACCC Vice President of Programs, Alison De La Cruz

Doors open: 7:00 pm

Artist: Howard Ho with Cold Tofu & Tales of Clamor Creators

Speaker: Akira Mizuta Lippit, Ph.D.

Program: Tales of Clamor “Salon”

Tales of Clamour is a new play centering around two artists (played by Kennedy Kabasares and traci kato-kiriyama) positioned in debate over notions of cultural and institutional silence. As part of the original production design, composer and sound designer Howard Ho has been creating original compositions with found audio from the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings. These hearings were the first time that Japanese Americans broke their silence in 40 years after experiencing WWII mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. Cold Tofu, the nation's oldest Asian American Improv Group will also share as part of their work with Ho.

Akira Mizuta Lippit is Vice Dean of Faculty in the School of Cinematic Arts and Professor in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies. His research interests include: Japanese film and culture, critical theory, experimental film, and visual studies.

This event was planned in collaboration with Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Compose LA is a new city-wide new music, new ideas festival planned in conjunction with Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the Center for Music Innovation – UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. For information about the full roster of events, go to the DCA website:

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