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  • Uchinaanchu Youth Conference in Los Angeles | 世界若者ウチナーンチュ大会2013年(USA)

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    In July 2013, the World Youth Uchinaanchu Association (WYUA) hosted the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinaanchu Festival in Los Angeles, California, USA. Participants from 8 countries attended the conference, sharing the common goals of connecting international communities and exploring collective and individual identities. Activities included performances, socializing and networking, group discussions and projects, and insightful workshops featuring prominent Uchinaanchu educators, artists, business leaders, and expert practitioners in Okinawan culture and traditions.

    PRODUCTION CREDITS:
    • Directed, produced, and edited by Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya
    • Filmed by Karyl-Lyn Sanderson (http://limitlessnewmedia.tv), Emily Kaneshiro, Randy Nelson, and Joseph Kamiya
    • Music by Ryukyu Underground
    • English translations by Saki McCarthy Show less
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  • "surreal, so real" | instrumental ambient rock EP [free download] Play all

    all tracks written, performed, and recorded by Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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    "This is a recommended download for ALL fans of Silent Hill's music. It's got a fresh and moody soundscape resonating with either etheral and melodic ambience or driving guitar riffs, and captivating drums that would impress even [Akira] Yamaoka himself." - Fungo of Twin Perfect, SilentHillMedia.net [United States]

    "A very refreshing artist. His mixture of rock and atmospheric music is very unique. 'Surreal, So Real' is a fantastic example of his style, mixing traditional [Okinawan] music elements with timeless rock music, and even techno flavors. The result is very special, an eerie sound-scape with clearly defined melodic passages that act like puzzle pieces in a story."- Rasec [Britain]

    "You can hear that you put a lot of time in it and really put attention to the different layers and creating opposites. It's dreamy but also raw reality! ... Together with the story behind the EP, it makes this EP very interesting to listen to!" - ɱiɣuki ɖɑɣ [Netherlands]

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    This demo/EP can best be described as a collection of "ambient rock" soundtracks. Though sonically diverse in style and tone, all seven songs express the dualities of dreams vs. reality, serenity vs. discordance, and the moments when those balances become threatened.

    This release is also available as a name-your-price digital album via Bandcamp, so download it for free (enter $0.00 when they ask for your price and you'll be emailed a download link) or please donate what you can if you enjoy the music! Those who download the full digital album from Bandcamp will also receive the CD artwork (front cover, inside cover, jewel case insert, and disc face) for personal printing.

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    FREE DOWNLOAD LOCATIONS:

    http://yoshimasukamiya.bandcamp.com/album/surreal-so-real-ep

    http://soundcloud.com/yoshimasukamiya/sets/surreal-so-rea...

    http://silenthillmedia.net/fm.htm

    http://www.silenthillmemories.net/music/fan_albums_en.htm

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    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & PRODUCTION CREDITS:

    the title for "Uchina noir: The Cocktail Party" was taken from
    Tatsuhiro Oshiro's 1967 novella of the same name

    synopses written with assistance from Andor Czigeledi
    artwork model: Terumi Shimazu

    infinite thank you's to those who've assisted me with this project:
    Maggie Peng, Andor Czigeledi, Noah Golderg, Jo-Ann Irvin, Michael Daugherty, Miyuki Day, Jason Michael [Dah2]

    all tracks written, performed, and recorded by
    Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya
    in loving memory of Auntie Irene Ike [1962 ~ 2008]
    and Grandma Yoshiko Kamiya [1915 ~ 2012]

    "UCHINA NOIR" BACKGROUND:
    "...had the [Japanese] military regarded non-combatants as coming under their protection, evacuations [of Okinawan civilians] would have been unnecessary and the collective self-killings that took place in the Kerama Islands, Iejima, Yomitan, and Mabuni would never have been carried out. In reality, non-combatants were far from being protected by the military. Instead, they found themselves in a situation where they were attacked by tigers at the front gate (the enemy troops) and wolves at the back gate (their own troops)."
    -- Masahide Ota, Re-examining the History of the Battle of Okinawa (1985)

    contact me: josephkamiya@gmail.com
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