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UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, the Sulu Show has been cancelled. Sulu Shows are every third Saturday of the month.
*Please note: Alcohol will be served at this event.*
JR Russ is a native Washingtonian. His dad is from Florida, and his mom is from the Philippines. Having started singing as a boy soprano in the Washington National Cathedral Boys Choir, he got into theatre in high school and decided to pursue dance in college. He received his B.A. in Dance from UMD, and is pursuing his M.A. in Arts Management from AU. He also works as a Stagehand at the Patriot Center, a Theatre Technician at the Publick Playhouse, and a Dance Instructor at the National Cathedral School.
Yoko K. is an electronic musician and vocalist, whose self-produced debut album "012906" (Asahra Music, 2006) was nominated for "Best Album in Electronica" by the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards. Acclaimed by Adam Harrington (Whispering & Hollerin, UK) to be “truly the work of a visionary,” the single “searching” received Grand Prize in the electronic jazz category by the Artists Forum Electronic Music Competition (2006). Born and raised in Japan, and Yoko has been classically trained with piano for since the age three; weaving the layers of hypnotic soundscape, Yoko aspires to mediate between the sensual and spiritual life through the sound she defines as "organic electronica." As a recipient of Young Artist Grant (2006) and New Media and Audio Grant (2007) from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Yoko has performed at Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of African Arts, Freer and Sackler Gallery (at Smithsonian Institution), Phillips Collection, Embassy of Finland, and presented a collaborative work at Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Yoko has worked on projects to promote social change, such as the performance for the “Promoting Tolerance through Arts” by Meridian International Center, and the collaborative performance / installation for the “Tap Project” by UN World Water Week 09 / Unicef. She also gave a guest presentation and lecture at the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University in 2007-9.
Simone Jacobson was born in Phoenix, Arizona where she emerged as a performer under the tutelage of internationally renowned choreographer, Hodgie Jo. While at the University of Maryland, she studied dance and became a member of the professional hip-hop dance company, Culture Shock DC (CSDC), serving as the first director of their junior dance company, Future Shock. Among other venues, she has performed with CSDC in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in San Francisco and Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. Ms. Jacobson was the founder/director of the Urban Poets Society, a traveling collective of spoken word poets in DC, MD, and VA. She also founded/directed UMD's first hip-hop dance company, PHUNKtions, which is still active and hosts an annual hip-hop dance competition. She has trained with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, danced as the opening act for Sister Sledge and for the legendary Roots crew with Footklan.
Today, she is the Cipher Director at Words Beats & Life (WBL), a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming individual lives and whole communities through hip-hop. She is currently pursuing an MA in Arts Management at American University. Over the past two years, she has taught English/hip-hop dance/spoken word poetry in northern France, in a French immersion preschool in San Francisco, visited her mother's homeland (Burma), managed an international arts exchange between Iran and the U.S., and launched/hosted an open mic at the Hillyer Art Space called HOME. In the words of Jeff Chang and the hip-hop community, "can't stop, won't stop."
For all inquiries, contact simone [at] wblinc [dot] org
Organization Web site: www.wblinc.org
Facebook: Simone Jacobson
Jeremy Tagle Bautista aka “KILUSAN” is an independent performance artist/ director, a youth empowerment worker and community organizer. In Tagalog, the national language in the Philippines, ‘KILUSAN’ means Movement and Jeremy believes with all of his heart that he is an artist that contributes to the larger movements for Social Justice and Human Rights. He believes in living everything that he says and represents on stage because art is a lifestyle not a momentary illusion. Originally from San Francisco, Ca, and currently based in New York City, Jeremy cultivates the artistic aesthetics of Hip Hop Theater, Spoken Word Poetry, Emceeing and Interpretive Movement.
Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh are founding members of the spoken word group Yellow Rage, a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets. Catzie and Michelle first appeared as "Black Hair, Brown Eyes, Yellow Rage" in December 2000 at the Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Slam in Philadelphia, where the group made the semi-finals. Yellow Rage also performed as part of the first-ever live Def Poetry Jam show at the 2001 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO, as well as on the first season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. In 2002, the group was part of the Def Poetry Jam College Tour. Yellow Rage’s work has been presented from Hawaii to New Zealand, and the group has featured at many national events and conferences, including the 2001 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Seattle, WA; the 2002 and 2005 ECAASU Conferences at Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania; the 2006 Causeway Showcase on Modern-Day Slavery; the 2006 GirlFest Bay Area Conference in Berkeley, CA; the 2007 MAASU Leadership Retreat at Denison University; and the 2008 Campus Progress National Conference in Washington D.C.
Through their poetry, Catzie and Michelle hope to provide an awareness that is not often heard. Exploring topics from fetishes to cultural appropriation to ethnic pride, Yellow Rage challenges mainstream misconceptions of Asianness. They currently have 2 CDs available through their website <www.yellowrage.com> and on iTunes: Black Hair, Brown Eyes, Yellow Rage, Volume 1, and Handle With Care, Volume 2.
Edited by J.T. [20s & 30s Asian Group] on Dec 18, 2009 9:29 PM