Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Two-time Grammy nominated American jazz fusion band HIROSHIMA performs at Arcadia Performing Arts Center on May 14

Hiroshima (from left): Danny Yamamoto, drums and percussion; June Kuramoto, koto; Kimo Cornwell, keyboards; Terry Steele, vocals; Dean Cortez, bass; Yvette Nii, vocals: Dan Kuramoto, saxophone and flutes.

Hiroshima (from left): Danny Yamamoto, drums and percussion; June Kuramoto, koto; Kimo Cornwell, keyboards; Terry Steele, vocals; Dean Cortez, bass; Yvette Nii, vocals: Dan Kuramoto, saxophone and flutes.

Two-time Grammy nominated American jazz fusion band HIROSHIMA kicked off their Songs With Words tour with a successful 12-show run at the Blue Note Hawaii in Honolulu at the end of April, and opened the Waikiki Spam Jam Festival on April 30.

_9.8 JUNE V.8 Jam, cover art jchung, Ken Fong copyright hiroshimHIROSHIMA’s new CD “Songs With Words,” the first-ever all-vocal CD, was recorded Live in studio and offers some of the early Hiroshima vocal classics, which are no longer available. “Songs With Words” is available for immediate digital downloads or physical CD orders at www.hiroshimamusic.comiTunesAmazon and Cdbaby.

On Saturday, May 14th, the Arcadia Performing Arts Center presents an “Evening of Music with HIROSHIMA Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month” with special guest vocalists Terry Steele and Yvette Nii, who are both featured on “Songs With Words.” Showtime: 8:00 p.m. Click here for tickets. The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007.

Named to the 2014 Top 20 CD charts by Smooth Jazz.com Hiroshima continues to be a force in the industry and continues to top the charts. Since galvanizing the instrumental music world with its unique East meets West approach in the late 70s, Hiroshima has always kept its eye on a distinctive One World philosophy which seamlessly blends Asian and North American culture to reflect both cultural and spiritual connections. Hiroshima’s founding members are Dan Kuramoto (shakuhachi, saxophone and flute), June Okida Kuramoto on koto and shamisen (a key part of the group’s sound), Johnny Mori on taiko drums, and Danny Yamamoto on drums, percussion, and taiko. Other additions include Kimo Cornwell (Piano/Keyboards/Synthesizers), Dean Cortez (Electric & Acoustic Bass/Vocals).

Hiroshima also has a brand new music app, which provides complete tour schedules and a variety of news from food to new music and everything in between. Available on Android Apps, Google Play and Apple App Store.”

HiroshimaMusic.com
Hiroshima on Facebook

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Dan Kuramoto and my dad, Russ Chang in the Chrome Room at Santa Fe Casino in Las Vegas on May 7, 2016.

Dan Kuramoto and my dad, Russ Chang in the Chrome Room at Santa Fe Casino in Las Vegas on May 7, 2016.

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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