‘Kabuki Cabaret’ in Alameda, Mill Valley, S.F.


Pictured at the San Jose Jazz Festival are (from left) Mark Izu, Dr. Anthony Brown, Brenda Wong Aoki, Janet Koike, PJ Hirabayashi, Moy Eng, Mas Koga, Shoko Hikage.

SAN FRANCISCO — “Kabuki Cabaret: Stories Past and Present” will be presented at three Bay Area venues in three days.

Blending noh and kyogen dramatic performance with thundering taiko, under a cascade of contemporary koto steeped with jazz, veterans on the avante garde music and theater scene, writer/actor Brenda Wong Aoki and her long-time creative partner, bassist/composer Mark Izu, a seminal force on the Asian American jazz scene, bring together the best of the best:

* Grammy-nominated multi-percussionist Dr. Anthony Brown;

* Natori koto master Shoko Hikage;

* 2010 best Latin jazz flutist Mas Koga;

* Vocalist Moy Eng;

* Janet Koike with PJ Hirabayashi on taiko;

* Special guest performer, Sri Lankan writer Nayomi Munaweera.

This all-new program features “The Soul of the Great Bell,” a traditional Chinese legend of a mighty emperor and the ghost of a young girl imprisoned in a temple bell; and “Travelings,” musical musings on real hauntings in Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and San Francisco Bay.

Munaweera will be performing a short piece titled “Exorcism,” which recounts the family tale of her father’s unexplained childhood paralysis. Set in a remote Sri Lankan village during the 1950s, the story explores the relationship between illness, culture and the mysterious forces summoned to cure the child.


Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/197302

Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/event.php?eventid=1522

Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. at Yoshi’s Jazz Club, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco. $15 in advance, $25 at the door. http://sfyoshis2.inticketing.com/events/169614


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