Virtual Choir #3: There Will be Joy

Inspired by PJ and Roy Hirabayashi By Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis Featuring Ali Ewoldt and Francis Jue

Activist Songbook honors organizers and organizing through collective music-making. Material emerges from interviews with individual organizers to engage communities. Activist Songbook Virtual Choirs, made up of musicians and non-musicians, record songs from the songbook repertoire and perform together from the safety of their own homes. With a single Zoom rehearsal under their belts, performers use guide tracks to record their parts separately, singing along and improvising.

There Will Be Joy is inspired by the words and actions of PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, pioneers of North American taiko and founders of San José Taiko. The song pays tribute to the Asian American activists who inspired PJ and Roy, and celebrates the intersection of movement, liberation and joy that infuses their organizing and their music.

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Inspired by PJ and Roy Hirabayashi
By Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
Featuring Ali Ewoldt and Francis Jue

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Featuring: Ali Ewoldt (@aliewoldt) and Francis Jue (@juefrancis)
Guitar: Christopher Thomas Pow (@christopherthomaspow)

Featured Taiko Drummers:
Franco Imperial | San Jose Taiko
Michelle Fujii | Unit Souzou (@unitsouzou)
PJ Hirabayashi | Co-Founder San Jose Taiko
Roy Hirabayashi | Co-Founder San Jose Taiko
Toru Watanabe | Unit Souzou (@unitsouzou)
Yuta Kato | Los Angeles Taiko Institute (@yuta.kato.353)

Aaron “Coach Hawk” Hawkins (@iamcoachhawk)
Amelia Allen Sherwood (@hood_montessorian)
Anne Rhodes(@rainbownoisy)
Anthony DeQuattro
Audrey Patterson
Brianna Chance (@briannachance)
Briana Williams (@obamamamma)
Britney Arias (@i_am_britney15)
Cliff Schloss - (@i_am_sarcasm)
Darnell Charles
Dezirae Pollard
Elaine Kolb
Emmanuel Pollard
Fi Schroth-Douma  (@figuratively_fi)
Gabriela Diaz
Gloria Yin (@gloriouspencils)
Harriett Alfred
Jaminda Blackmon
Jeffrey Douma
Jennifer Heikkila Diaz
Lisa Patterson (@lisapattersonbcp)
Magdalena Diaz
Marnielle Charles
NicDaniel Charles
Nesta Allen II
Paul Davies (@paul.evan)
Saleena Holder
Sara Culver  (@spcfromscratch)
Shiloh Allen
Tahj Galberth  (@big_boi_tahj)
Will Myers (@activegoodwill)
Will Schroth-Douma

Music Director/Audio & Video Editor: Stephanie Tubiolo (@stephanietubiolo)

Produced by Octopus Theatricals (@octopustheatricals) in partnership with The International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Activist Songbook was created as a part of (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence, a project of Asian Arts Initiative, Original support for (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence was provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia. Additional support from Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Residency Program.

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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