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Performing Arts
David Choi – David Choi is a musical triple threat as a singer,
songwriter and producer. A Los Angeles native, Choi’s songs and
Wu Man – Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa (Chinese tracks have been heard on VH1, MTV and Food Network, as well as
lute) virtuoso. Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in in commercials overseas. He has worked on several major online cam-
Beijing where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in paigns, including ones for Starburst and JC Penney. He was the grand
pipa. Man was selected by Yo-Yo Ma as the winner of the City of prize winner for USA Weekend Magazine's John Lennon Songwriting
Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in music and communication. She Contest for teens and appeared in USA Weekend Magazine with
is also the first artist from China to have performed at the White recording artist Usher. Choi has a song called "This is Your Life" on
House. She has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Yo- upcoming Interscope group Flipsyde. In 2008, David released his self
Yo Ma, David Zinman, and Cho-liang Lin and has performed with the
Wu Man
David Choi
produced album "Only You".
New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart
Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie and Lincoln centers. afterschoolspecial – Since their conception in 2007, afterschool-
special has been on the rise in the San Diego Hip Hop and Alternative
Charmaine Clamor – Charmaine Clamor is a Filipina jazz singer Rock scene. Their eclectic sound is influenced by artists such as
based in Hollywood best known for melding traditional Filipino folk Linkin Park, Flobots, and a splash of The Beastie Boys. Dedicated to
songs and instruments with American jazz and blues in a newly devel- inspire youth through their music, the band has given numerous per-
oped musical genre called "Jazzipino." Clamor began her singing formances in many Asian cultural events, and mentor young Asian
career at 3, entertaining passengers in the back of buses traveling to American artists in the community through high school conferences
Manila. She arrived in the U.S. at 16 and continued to develop her and offering opportunities for performance. They have just finished
musical talents. Clamor performs at America's leading jazz clubs, per-
Charmaine Clamor
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their first professionally recorded EP “Not One for Words.”
forming arts centers, and concert halls, as well as in Filipino cultural
celebrations. Clamor is also a philanthropist, working with JazzPhil- Terry Matsuoka – Terry Matsuoka is a singer-songwriter with an
USA. indie mentality, intricate musicianship, tight pop songwriting and a
soulful voice. In addition to performing his songs passionately, he also
Reiko Obata – A Japanese American koto performer based in improvises through raps, performing stunts, playing percussion on his
Southern California, Reiko Obata began studying koto, a traditional guitar and human beatboxing with remarkable ability. Matsuoka’s
Japanese stringed musical instrument, in 1980 under masters in the sophomore solo album, Totally Rad, delves into the breadth of his
U.S. and Japan. Obata has performed for radio, film, and live theater, musicianship, delivering soulful lyricism backed by a full band sound,
and has been a featured performer at harp and folk festivals. She per- and features Matsuoka playing all instruments resulting in an eclectic
forms musical accompaniment to world folktales with award-winning
Reiko Obata
Terry Matsuoka
new sound.
author Steven Gregory as part of Tales Alive!, performing in schools,
libraries, youth clubs, retirement communities, and festivals. Michelle Aguilar Camaya – Since the age of 4, this San Diego
Filipina firecracker has focused on the art of dance. Fortunately, she
Tina Guo – Tina Guo’s musical versatility defies categorization. ended up under the tutelage of well respected artists who guided and
Classically trained in the cello, she also sings, plays keyboard and shaped her into the professional artist she is today. She is a proud
composes. San Diegans are familiar with Guo’s talents on the cello alumna of Kaba Modern, a recognized dance group at UC Irvine. As a
from her solo performances with the San Diego and La Jolla sym- professional, Camaya toured nationally and internationally with the
phonies. On electric cello, she has performed in the Los Angeles area musicals Fame and The Lion King. Camayo also danced in the Disney
at the Playboy Mansion, The Roxy and the Whiskey. Last summer, movie 'Enchanted' and Rob Marshall's 'Memoirs of a Geisha'.
she took a trip to Brazil to showcase her skills in a concerto on elec-
Tina Guo
Michelle Camaya
tric cello. She recently released her debut album, Autumn Winds. Takae Ohnishi – Takae Ohnishi discovered her musical voice on
the harpsichord. She shares her talents in concert and her knowledge
Lindsey Yung – Lindsey Yung has steadily become a prominent in the classroom, teaching courses on the harpsichord and Baroque
singer/songwriter in the San Diego music scene known for her undeni- chamber music at the UCSD. Ohnishi performed extensively in her
able vocal gift and lyrical ability to inspire and connect to her audi- native Japan, where five years ago she was the featured soloist at the
ence. The powerful appeal of her music is two-fold: her melodies are prestigious Ishihara Hall 10th Anniversary Concert series. She has
haunting and emotionally captivating, and her lyrics are insightful and been commissioning Asian composers to write works for the harpsi-
poetically rich. She has been featured in several publications in the chord.
San Diego community and her music receives airplay from local and
national radio stations. She also has a new album, “Opal Essence.”
Lindsey Yung
Takae Ohnishi
Leilani Chan –
Leilani Chan is an Visual Arts & Literature
Carina
Monica Montoya
award-winning perform- – She added a
ance artist and Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions in new meaning to Filipino-American history and culture when she
Santa Monica. She has recently performed in Refugee Nation, a play launched her books, “Filipinos in Hollywood” and “Los Angeles’s
based on the stories of Laotian refugees and their descendants. She Historic Filipinotown.” Montoya, a native of the Hollywood area,
toured the country with her one-woman show “E Nana I Ke Kumu – collected vintage images from the early Filipino families who settled
Look to the Source.” Chan has worked with numerous arts organiza- in Hollywood, the Filipino community, and historical organizations
tions throughout the country including SPARC and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. She has also been in the Navy as a Reservist for 20
Museum. Born and raised in Honolulu, she now resides in Los plus years and has served in both Operations Nobel Eagle and
Angeles where she received her MFA from UC Irvine. She is a grad- Enduring Freedom from 2001 to 2004.
Leilani Chan
uate of Hampshire College in Massachusetts.
Carina Montoya
Quang X. Pham – Quang X. Pham is the founder and president
Mae Respicio Koerner – With the help of community members of Lathian Health, a pharmaceutical marketing company in Orange
and organizations, L.A.-based writer Koerner collected more than County, California. In his well-told 2005 Random House memoir,
200 images in the book “Images of America: Filipinos in Los "A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey," Pham delved
Angeles.” As a second-generation Filipina American, she grew up into the difficulties of emigrating to the U.S. as a child refugee from
performing traditional folk dances in Filipino dance troupes, and lis- South Vietnam. He began his American journey by scrambling
tening to stories of "the old country," which became the inspiration aboard an evacuation aircraft, leaving Saigon just prior to the
for her work. She is the recipient of a PEN Rosenthal Emerging Communist's victory there. His book was nominated for the
Voices Fellowship in creative writing and a finalist for a Books for National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a
Life Foundation New Voices in Literature Award and currently finalist for the Nonfiction Book Award by the Southern California
working on her first novel. Independent Booksellers Association.
Mae Koerner Quang Pham
Su-Mei Yu – Su-Mei Yu is the owner of award-winning Saffron Rajasree Mukherjee – Rajasree Mukherjee was born in India,
Thai Grilled Chicken restaurant, opened in 1985, and Saffron moved to Africa and has traveled throughout the world as a popular
Noodles and Sate in 2002. She opened the first quaint take-out performer and one of the most reputed trainers in Indian music in
eatery, infusing spirituality with healthy cooking to develop an exot- East Africa. She founded Ma Sharda School of Music in Nairobi, is
ic menu that specializes in one tasty entrée: saffron-marinated chick- a leading promoter of Music Therapy and has recorded several raga
en prepared with traditional Thai methods. In addition to being a based meditation CDs. Mukherjee moved to East Africa in 1990 and
restaurateur, Yu is also the author of two popular Thai cookbooks, has become one of the most popular singers there. She has per-
and has a third on the way. She has also demonstrated cooking on formed for India’s President Abdul Kalam, and is active in helping
Martha Stewart Living, Home Cooking on PBS, Good Morning charitable organizations through her music. San Diego is her “sec-
America, and the Today Show. ond home.”
Su-Mei Yu Rajasree Mukherjee
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