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Everything I know about Love I learned from Pop Songs

BY CATH JOSIF
@ VOL 3 ON JUL 07, 2015

Cath Josif offers this extremely witty and humorous talk to take you down memory lane. Enjoy.

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Lyrics of Life & Love

BY NICOLA STONTON
@ VOL 3 ON OCT 07, 2015

Singer and songwriter Nicola Stanton brought a soul soothing moment to our first Lincoln PechaKucha with her beautiful voice. She tells us about her almost-sound-of-music upbringing that inspired her journey in music and gives genuine advice on how to refuel an artist's passion to follow their path. 

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The Power of Radio

BY CARLOS CHIRINOS
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Carlos Chirinos’ work explores innovation and creativity in emerging global music industries, looking at the role of music in public health, international development and social change. He has been a key consultant for radio and music projects in Europe, Africa and Japan - and most recently worked to develop Africa Stop Ebola, a global music campaign to raise awareness about Ebola in West Africa that was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN, for which he received an award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense, and USAID.

Currently, Professor Chirinos collaborates with the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, curating music performances to engage the Latin community living in New York City. He is also involved in projects in the UK, Tanzania, Cuba and other countries, looking at the role of music industries in economic development, tourism and social entrepreneurship. He also runs New York University's Music and Social Change Lab

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The Ocean Our Ink

BY MARY HATTORI
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Lee Kava is a hafekasi poet and musician of Tongan descent, currently pursuing her PhD in English at UH Mānoa. She is the founder of the Pacific Verse, a music and poetry-writing workshop series that works with participants to create original lyrics and music using indigenous Pacific languages. She dedicates her work to the genealogy of creative expression in Oceania, and hopes to enact social change through Pacific music and poetry.

Fijian/Tongan through her mother’s people, and German/English American via her father’s people, Tagi Qolouvaki is a very mixed, queer, and feminist P.I.  Born and raised in Fiji by a few beautiful men and many powerful women, she is a lover and student of stories.

Dr. Mary Therese Perez (pronounced ‘pair’ - ‘ess’) Hattori is a native of Guåhan (Guam) and serves as Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is also affiliate faculty for the University’s Learning Design and Technology Department, the Professional Educational Practice doctorate and the Indigenous Politics program.  She is one of nine children born to Paul and Fermina Perez Hattori.

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陳秋柳

BY 秋柳 陳
@ VOL 31 ON DEC 10, 2016

通譯人員、舞者、演員


陳秋柳來自越南,努力的充實自身的中文能力及各式的技能,因為熱愛表演也獲得不同的戲劇、舞蹈等演出經驗,拓展不同的人生體驗。離鄉背井的她也學習作詞作曲、做越南料理及攝影,不僅用來抒發思鄉的情緒,也可以在各種壓力下取得生活平衡。

Interpreter, Dancer, Actor


Hailing from Vietnam, Thu Lieu Tran strives to enhance her Chinese ability and other skills. Due to her love of performance art she has a wide range of experience in drama and dance. Away from her home country, Tran has learnt how to write songs and lyrics, make Vietnamese cuisine, and take photos. This has helped her express her feelings of homesickness, while also relieving stress so she can live a balanced life.

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Lyrics, Letters, and the Forgotten Lives of Ben Irving

BY TYLER SONNICHSEN
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Ben Irving (born Irving Hurwitz in Hartford, CT in 1901) hit the road as a salesman when the Great Depression cut short his promising musical career. Throughout the 1920s, he led several musical combos and toured the Northeastern Vaudeville circuit. Throughout the Depression, he travelled all 48 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, and 3 Mexican states in search of income to send home to his family. Though he would eventually resume his entertainment career upon retirement, he unwittingly left a legacy in postcards he sent from the road. Here, his great-grandson Tyler Sonnichsen unlocks the visual counter-narrative of America as Irving saw it.

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Indigenous Art Matters

BY ANN DOYON
@ VOL 9 ON SEP 21, 2017

Ann Doyon is from Regina, Saskatchewan and is now based in Penticton B.C. She is a storyteller trained in various styles. She is an accomplished multi-media artist who for the past 20 years has had art shows and has garnered commissions across Canada and the U.S. As a singer Ann has gained attention for her powerful lyrics and intense performing style. She is the mother of two beautiful, talented girls and is married.

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I'm Not A 15yr Old Boy

BY MARIE WHITE
@ VOL 12 ON MAR 11, 2019

Marie White shares her experiences as a young musician, and teacher and mentor with The Eggtooth Project. Don't be confused by her appearance, she is not a 15yr old boy! Marie's talent, sense of humour and fearlessness have taken her from gung-ho wedding singer to major record label deal.

“I’m now proud to say, people are singing my lyrics back to me”

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Masaru Aikawa

When I attended the opening reception for 101TOKYO, I noticed what looked like a few shelves of CDs in one corner, and was wondering why they were selling albums at the event. It's only when I looked closer that I realized they were in fact extremely detailed -- and painted -- reproductions by artist Masaru Aikawa (eitoeiko). The display was even flanked by a listening booth, where you could sample voice-only lyrics-free "covers" performed by the artist himself. For his PechaKucha Night presentation -- accompanied by manager Ei Kibukawa -- he not only shared works, but played some of his "covers" as well. It's also rumored that some high-profile patrons commissioned some specific album recreations...

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PKN Barcelona Vol. 6 Presenter Report

We've already posted a general report and photos from PechaKucha Night in Barcelona Vol. 6 courtesy of organizer Petz Scholtus, but here's a bit more from Petz on some of the night's presenters. For the first time in Barcelona, we had a 6 minutes and 40 seconds live concert. British singer-songwriter Samantha de Siena (pictured above) and her guitar sang three of her beautiful songs to the amazing photographs she took in the streets of Barcelona to illustrate her lyrics. The title of all this talent: “…you watch me with eyes of stone as I try to grow and while I dream of the end you forget that you are the dream...” Artist Gino Rubert, who illustrated the Spanish Stieg Larrson books with his black humour, also had a go at singing “Ay Amor” (“Ouch Love”) a capela, after reading a fragment of his poem “Apio” (“Celery”). Then, Carlos Díaz of the guerrilla marketing group Poko Frecuente invited us to give homage to Michal Jackson by doing the Moonwalk backwards up the Ramblas, the famous street in Barcelona. It worked: some 200 people turned up last Sunday and walked up the busy street backwards. Have a look (below), it’s hilarious! httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrxLBoLH5rU Last but no least, we showed DJs Contra la Fam (DJs Against the Hunger)’s “2 Minute Pop-Up Party” video as a warm up to last Sunday’s 5th Festival in Barcelona. httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SfZ1Y8ya34

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PKN Warsaw Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night in Warsaw Vol. 2 was held last month on the eve of the "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti," and from the extensive photos we've seen -- there's more to see in this Flickr photoset -- it was a memorable night. Here's more from organizer Dorota Szopowska. On the 18th of February in the Bee’s Dream it was colorful, clubby and crowdy. Although the weather conditions were not the best, the public showed up for the second edition of PKN Warsaw. The evening started at 7:30 pm with a concert by Elektroliryka. The atmosphere was filled with images, sounds and lyrics of poets. At 8:20 pm the presentations’ session started. This time there were 12. The presenters showed a lot of good Polish design from different areas: photographs, graphics, illustrations, and ..... northern lights. Marcin Kolorski, PROPORTIONS Jakub Batog, YACHTS’ DESIGN Marta Niemyska, DESIGN Jakub Żeligowski, MY JOURNEY TO THE EAST Dawid Parus, LIBERTY AND FREEDOM Dawid Korzekwa, STGU Kamila Niedzwiecka i Nikodem Szponar, POLISZ DIZAJN Anna Czapkiewicz, PINCH OF ANGELA Piotr Hołub, ILLUSTRATIONS Dominika Naborowska Katarzyna Okińczyc, DESIGN Fairyboy Lumiere, MY MAGIC WINTER GARDEN The evening was also special because thanks to the Polish Humanitarian Action, we could support the victims of the humanitarian disaster in Haiti and participate in the global PechaKucha campaign. The evening ended up with house after-party’s concert given by PATHOPOZITIV. Below, more photos from PKN Warsaw Vol. 2.

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PKN Queretaro Vol. 5

Here are a few photos from the recent PechaKucha Night in Queretaro Vol. 5, along with some commentary from team member Lilian Gonzalez.The 5th Queretaro Pechakucha Night was a unique and memorable event dedicated to music. It was part of the Musical Instrument Makers Congress by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). The event took place at the majestic Queretaro City Museum. The night opened with the music of Guillermo Muñoz, welcoming the audience. The PKN started with Marvin Salgado, who shared his knowledge about violin construction. Immediately after, the audience was surprised by Andrea Avedaño’s poem, who made a narration about “Les demoiselles d'Avignon” by Pablo Picasso, continuing with Ruy Guerrero who talked about “Cardenche’s music”; this type of music is considered one of the saddest in the world. There are only 4 people left that play this traditional Mexican music.Miguel Zenker, a recognized Luthier (musical instrument maker - particularly violins) talked about a 1856 William Hall & Son fortepiano restoration. This presentation ended the first part of the PKN. The intermission was enjoyed with red wine and “Jaranas and Zapateado,” traditional Mexican music where ingenious lyrics are improvised on the spot. The second part of the evening started with La Compañía Banyan de Marionetas, a magic improvisation performance with shadow puppets, Mexican guitar and dance. Afterwards, Lilián González, spoke about interactive art and the control that artists like Marie Sester and rAndom International use. The night finished with the Physics Ph.D Víctor Castaño, who talked about the Golden ratio, or Divine Proportion, a number represented by the Greek letter φ, taking the audience on a tour from the Egyptians to the novel prize. Since music speaks directly to our souls, this PKN captivated the audience and made it a unique night that will be treasured by those who were lucky to attend.

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Hermosillo Night #2

Hermosillo, Sonora, México. October 10, 2013. With double the assistance and double the fun, Hermosillo presented its second PechaKucha Night at the mecca of indie/local music "Backroom". Mexican sculptor Enrique Aviléz was the first presenter on stage and took us around his life-long journey of working with stone, copper, several types of clay, glass, wood and any other material that will help in the execution of his multiple ideas influenced entirely by the local culture. Enrique shared with us an interesting point of view: he believes the name of the streets in a city shapes its identity, just like certain features define us as a human being. Find more about Enrique here. Graphic designer and photographer Alejo Gastélum invited us to witness his collection of Art Toys, inspired by a well-known toy brand. He showed a passion for geometric shapes and optical illusions and his experience and thoughts about working with logotypes and branding for local businesses. Find more about Alejo here. Following the format and taking advantage of it, Desierto Indie gave us a packed-full of ideas presentation. Their project consists of documenting local gigs and cultural events with videos and photographs but the core idea behind it is allowing the future generations consult this sort of "gig/event library" to let them know how cool Hermosillo's music scene "was" in 2013. Their motivation also consists on expanding the art variety in the city and creating a historic archive of the current art movement. Surf Desierto Indie's library here. Next to Desierto Indie, David Norzagaray captivated the crowd with such interesting project which consists on producing music to use as therapy for disabled people. All of this, fusioned with his passion for Mexico and most of all, the northern Mexico's chords of the Sonoran desert. David's most recent execution includes a music album for kids with lyrics completely inspired by universal literature. Find more about David's work here. Speaking of captivating, Daniel Ríos showed us the massive influence on todays creative processes and its results from a speedy technology development perspective. How different the art-creating life was back then where videos were literally 'cut' and 'glued' back together and how simple it is today by just tapping a few times on a super-clear display and upload it anywhere within minutes. Find more about Daniel here. Miguel Franco's presentation was as brilliant as his cinematography career. His experience has given him plenty of emotions and character including probably the most important: perseverance and stepping out of the comfort zone. Miguel told us how film has been his dream since he was a kid and all the trouble and happiness this has brought to him including a few career-threatening accidents. Find more about Miguel here. Mexican fashion designer Isa Valdéz shared with us her creative process inside the fashion/textile business and the different ways she chooses to come up with a method to execute an idea and the mysterious places she can get into, obtaining as a result always three ideas at once. She compares it to solving a puzzle. Her main goal is creating an emotion in her and the spectator at once. This way, Isa feels she connects with the world, being her little daughter a fundamental part of her motor. Find more about Isa here. Carlos Iván was one of those extra-interesting presenters. He photographs abandoned houses, cars, towns and all sort of situations that tell a story to his camera lens. Carlos perspective certainly showed us through his pictures the beauty of isolated objects, almost as if they were beautiful sculptures in the middle of nowhere narrating a charming tale. Find more about Carlos here. After a successful beer break, Miriam Salado was kind enough to explain from top to bottom, the meticulous process of building an art exhibition. Her paintings, part of "Muerte y Gloria (Death and Glory)" show the heavy influence of mexican-american cultures in clothing, habits and the new ways of living and gave Miriam a second place in the 8th Visual Art Biennale of Sonora. Find more about Miriam here. "Sin Llorar (No crying)" consists of a determined couple of local artists who came to revolutionize the custom tattoo industry in the community with their high-quality custom art. They shared with us the complexity of the process and the hard work it requires to usually compress a lot of feelings onto one little graphic on the customer's skin. Be brave and make an appointment here. Fernando Valles a local TV host, gave us an insight on rustic to modern video-making, the television life and the long ride he has experienced with "Video Track", a tv show aimed at young visual art enthusiasts. Find more about Fernando and Video Track here. Our next presenter was the shocking moment of the night. Mexican radio/voice-creative César Parra amazed us with his broad experience with radio, jingles and advertising. He has provided professional voice services for Pepsi and other famous brands. We all cheered and squeaked in happiness the very moment he started performing the voice of several Thundercats characters (cartoon) on stage as he worked in the project back then. We were so astonished by his presentation that none of us remembered to snap a pic. :( Find more about Cesar here. Our next presenter Keops took the stage and taught us about the importance of co-working and the amazing results it produces. His presentation included a well resumed list of benefits from working along with other creative people and how far and big a project can turn with just the right combination of people, all started with just a simple idea. Find more about Keops here. Sergio Durón was one of our last presenters but managed to keep our already tipsy heads with his clever work. His broad graphic design experience involves several local communities, being the most famous "Bikes & Beers" where the Hermosillo bike enthusiasts gather at a certain landmark, travel for a few kilometers and finish at a bar having a couple of beers and sharing the fandom. Find more about Sergio here. Our last presenter Javier Quiñonez gave us a tour around the geology of the city. Being the "Cerro de la Campana (Bell Hill)" one of the most important landmarks in the city, he taught us about the resonancy of the rocks surrounding said landmark, therefore the name of the famous hill that can be seen almost from every point in Hermosillo on a clear day. Find more of Javier here.  Thanks again to PechaKucha in Tokyo for letting us hold the event in Hermosillo and being part of the Global Night that we enjoyed so much. We would also like to thank Backroom for letting us host the event in this venue. -Elizabeth Torres         Photos by: Carolina Fierros and E. Torres.