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Film and Discussion with Anthony Brown


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Improvisers Exchange and Sousa Archives collaborate to present the short documentary "Don't Lose Your Soul: The Music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu" followed by a discussion with San Francisco Bay-area percussionist Anthony Brown.

Don't Lose Your Soul: The Music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 12p
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Harding Band Building, 1103 S 6th St, Champaign, IL

Global Transfer Afterglow: Asian American Jazz Trio
Anthony Brown, percussion; Mark Izu, bass and sheng; and Masaru Koga, saxophones and shakuhachi.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9:30p
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL

All events are free and open to the public

Composer, percussionist, educator, and ethnomusicologist Anthony Brown has played a seminal role in contemporary California creative music from his pioneering work with the Asian American jazz movement in the early 1980s to his current leadership of the GRAMMY nominated Asian American Orchestra. Dr. Brown holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Master of Music from Rutgers University, and is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions. A Smithsonian Associate Scholar, Guggenheim and Ford Fellow, Dr. Brown has served as Curator of American Musical Culture at the Smithsonian Institution and as a Visiting Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley.

Don't Lose Your Soul: The Music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu
U.S. | 2012 | 27 min
Director, Producers: Jim Choi, Chihiro Wimbush
Executive Producer: Donald Young
An intimate portrait of two godfathers of the Asian American Jazz movement, drummer Anthony Brown and bassist Mark Izu. Forged in the Bay Area civil rights movements of the 60s and 70s and built on the history of Japanese internment, they fused centuries old Asian music traditions with the freedom of a quintessentially American musical form: jazz. Izu and Brown come together with a group of longtime musical friends for one electrifying night of music at Yoshi’s jazz club, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Asian American jazz festival and honor three decades of music they helped define for future generations.

Improvisers Exchange programming is organized by Jason Finkelman and supported by the Center for Advanced Study.

Dr. Brown’s Improviser Exchange residency is cosponsored by:
Asian American Studies
Center for Advanced Study
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Robert E. Brown Center for World Music
School of Music
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music