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Changes ahead

After a lot of thought, I have decided to conclude publishing new content to Diaspora California. Over the next few months, I will be moving these articles and interview Q&As over to Apsara, where I will be able to share … Continue reading

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California summer postcards: Dancing at twilight on the Santa Monica Pier

A tradition continues in Los Angeles. With a dance floor large enough for five thousand people, the La Monica Ballroom once glittered atop the Santa Monica Pier like a crown jewel. It nurtured the early swing music and dance scene … Continue reading

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California summer postcards: Samba in the middle of a redwood forest?

Oh, yes—at the annual California Brazil Camp! Dear Friends, It has been a busy yet utterly fulfilling spring with the launch of Apsara in April. I am just getting started with my summer writing projects, but undoubtedly June through September … Continue reading

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Our new sister

Diaspora California is proud to announce the arrival of our sister blog Apsara,which highlights innovative, genre- and tradition-crossing music from around the world through insightful interviews, articles, and reviews. Please join us for our inaugural article: an interview with Ian Widgery, … Continue reading

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Yuri Liberzon: Masterful guitar technique, richly emotive sound

A sheer love of playing the guitar led Yuri Liberzon to become a professional musician. “It is directly connected with who I am,” he says. Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia’s third largest city, Liberzon received both his first guitar and his … Continue reading

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Ashwin Batish: Music, family, Santa Cruz and “sitar power”

I think that we are very lucky to be in such a beautiful place, [and] to have such tolerance and such interest and depth of understanding . . . I find that people over here have this special connection with … Continue reading

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Wang Fei: Guqin artist and educator

The guqin is an example of how a traditional art form can survive in a globalized environment. Sometimes globalization is a good thing, such as in the case of economics—in China especially the economy has grown very fast. But it … Continue reading

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Diana Rowan: Berkeley-based pianist and harpist

Music is a universal language—it goes beyond words. It is unambiguous in all ways. I can listen to Arabic music, for instance. I cannot speak Arabic, but I can feel the emotion that the music has in it. It bypasses … Continue reading

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Ferenc Tobak: Musician, instrument maker, and ethnomusicologist from Hungary

The best way for these [musical] traditions to live on is to get the younger generation involved. Without the young people they are lost. -Ferec Tobak You have had a rich musical career including work as a musician, an instrument … Continue reading

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Zé Manel: Singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music legend from Guinea-Bissau

I have spent half of my life outside of my country. I have spent a little bit of my life inside my country and all of the rest I have spent outside so it is very different. When you go … Continue reading

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