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June Okida Kuramoto

June 14, 1992
I would like to make a clarification regarding your reference to the Taper's 1989 production of "Sansei" as having been "Asian-inspired" but "written and directed by Anglo-Americans." Although the Taper continues to describe "Sansei" in that manner, the production in fact was based on the lives of four native Angelenos--June Okida Kuramoto, Johnny Mori, Danny Yamamoto and myself. Collectively, we are the nucleus of the band Hiroshima. The director and catalyst of "Sansei" was Taper Associate Artistic Director Robert Egan, who along with others on the Taper staff edited hours and hours of interviews and discussions with the four of us. That became the basis of the text.
October 3, 1994 | ZAN STEWART
Friday night at the Greek Theatre was supposed to belong to Hiroshima. The L.A.-based pop-fusion band has been touring in support of its new "Hiroshima/L.A." album and, said leader Dan Kuramoto, was anxious for play for the hometown crowd. Enter the Yellowjackets. Like the visiting team that trounces the host at a homecoming football game, the jazz-fusion quartet opened the concert and stole Hiroshima's thunder. On a strictly musical level, the bands were in completely different leagues.
As the ethnic balance of America's population evolves, these changing demographics find expressions in musical form. In jazz and popular music, it's not uncommon to hear Latin, Afro-Cuban, African-American and assorted ethnic folk influences tossed into the same pop music melting pot. One of the best of the multicultural fusion bands is Hiroshima, which returned to Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay for two shows Wednesday night, a follow-up to two sold-out shows last June.
June 19, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
Hugh Hefner was clearly happy. Producer George Wein beamed. Bill Cosby, always eager to be part of the action, sat in on percussion with Hiroshima. Their enthusiasm fanned out to almost 18,000 patrons at Sunday's 8 1/2-hour Playboy Jazz marathon at the Hollywood Bowl. More than the Saturday session, this program leaned toward various forms of fusion. At one point Etta James remarked: "I know this is a jazz festival; I don't know what I'm doing here."
July 8, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
The Orange County Fair may be able to put on some really big shows next year, when fair officials expect to be in control of the 18,760-capacity Pacific Amphitheatre. But for this year, it's business as usual, as the fair offers a typical array of country, pop, comedy and rock oldies attractions at the outdoor Arlington Theatre, which can hold about 6,000 concert-goers. Each performer plays two shows, at 7 and 9 p.m. The concerts are included in the $5 fair admission.
April 10, 2003 | Duane Noriyuki, Times Staff Writer
Her fingers dance upon the strings, and like a river or wind, the sounds of the koto carry June Okida Kuramoto. The ancient Japanese instrument drew her in with its angelic voice when she was a little girl, and, over time, it became her voice too. The song is tentatively titled "Manzanar" and will be included on her band Hiroshima's 13th CD, "The Bridge," due out this summer. It was co-written by Okida Kuramoto and Dan Kuramoto, her ex-husband, who founded the group in the early 1970s.
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