Hi all, thanks for visiting my page. A little something about myself:
I’m a fourth generation Japanese-American, born and raised in Hawaii where I spent most of my childhood growing up. I briefly lived in Japan, near Yokosuka’s U.S. Navy base, where I picked up the language and culture — so I now have fluency in both English and Japanese. I’ve attended Punahou School for middle and high school (alma mater of our current president), briefly studying engineering before making the switch to studying music. I have a bachelors in music composition from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a masters in music composition/performance from the California Institute of the Arts. I’m currently earning my Ph.D in historical musicology at University of Southern California, honing my research, scholarship, and writing skills.
-I also used to work at the Southern Regional Library Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles as a librarian. I was piloting a prototype digital imaging machine at the time, before going back to school.
-I once wrote a quarter-toned string quartet in a artistic collaboration with Prince Poppycock a few years ago. That was pretty weird. (side note: John was a nice guy — easy to work with.)
-I’ve been collaborating and working with founders and startup people in the Los Angeles area interested in the intersections of media, music, and technology. I’m good at research, writing, trend analysis, systems managements, administrative work, bureaucratic systems…the nuts and bolts of things, basically. Check out my recent posts for what I’ve been up to!
-My main entrepreneurial project right now is to get our classically-trained improv group OK Music off the ground. I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten to known some very talented musicians over the years, and want to create the infrastructure and system for making its performances and practices sustainable.
Send me an email if you have any comments, questions, feedback, or proposals you might want to make!