Tomo Nakayama: tomomusic.bandcamp.com
Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Washington, Tomo Nakayama is an artist whose melodic, complex and emotionally compelling music has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and The Stranger. After two critically acclaimed indie-folk albums “Fog on the Lens” and “Pieces of Sky” (named "Best Folk Act" by Seattle Weekly), he surprised his fans by releasing the synthpop album "Melonday" (on Seattle imprint Porchlight Records). Co-produced by Yuuki Matthews (The Shins, Teardrops, Sufjan Stevens) and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Paramore, Tame Impala), “Melonday” was named one of the Top Albums of 2020 by Seattle Times, KEXP, and Seattle Met. and debuted at #1 on KEXP's NW Charts. He has toured across the US and Japan and played with Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Tom Brosseau, Cornelius, Shugo Tokumaru, and Sera Cahoone. An active, longtime member of the Seattle music and arts community, Tomo has also curated and produced various events for Forterra (Ampersand Live) and Town Hall, where he also served as Artist in Residence. He also composed music and appeared as an actor in the Lynn Shelton film “Touchy Feely”.
Goh Nakamura: gohnakamura.com
Goh Nakamura is a singer, songwriter, musician, composer and actor. A fortuitous 2007 feature on YouTube's front page brought his music videos over a million views and earned him a new fanbase from all over the world.
As a session musician, his guitar and vocal work has been featured in films directed by Ridley Scott such as A Good Year, American Gangster and Body of Lies. His track "Daylight Savings" also appears in the film Feast of Love. Nakamura made his acting debut in Dave Boyle's award-winning film, Surrogate Valentine, where he played a fictionalized version of himself. The film screened at a number of festivals including the SXSW Film Festival and Nakamura won a Special Jury Prize for Acting from the Dallas International Film Festival for his performance.
He also starred in the film's sequel, Daylight Savings which was named after his first album and which also premiered at a number of film festivals, including the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.For his work in both films, Nakamura was chosen as a “New American Filmmaker” by the Vilcek Foundation at the 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival. In the award winning independent film Life Inside Out (2014), Nakamura plays "Uncle" Sam, musician and host of an open mic night, alongside Maggie Baird and Finneas O’Connell directed by Jill D'Agnenica. Goh reprises his role as “Goh” in the third Surrogate Valentine movie “I WILL MAKE YOU MINE” directed and written by Lynn Chen.
As a film composer, Goh most recently scored the ESPN 30 for 30 Bruce Lee documentary “Be Water,” directed by Bao Ngyuen which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and is currently showing on ESPN. He was also commissioned by the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival in 2017 to score the 1919 silent film, The Dragon Painter, starring groundbreaking Japanese actor, Sessuye Hayakawa. Goh was also commissioned by the Center for Home Movies and the National Registry to score two silent home movies, which debuted at the New York City MoMa in January 2020.
SURRIJA - Electro art pop that plays with asymmetry, glitch, and electronic treatment of her roots in classical training. She spent 4 years developing her latest record, SURRIJA (self-titled), a feral departure from her previous work as Jane Lui, her given name. It’s off-kilter, tactile and intentional. Earmilk claims it “is simply on a different wavelength … chilling and seductive”. Released April 2020, the album features Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Perfume Genius, Fiona Apple), produced by Surrija, Sophocles, & Maxwell Gualtieri.
Surrija has worked with Son Lux, Matt Chamberlain, Tom Brosseau, Felicia Day, Kate Earl, Kina Grannis, with contributions featured on the soundtrack of Everything Everywhere All At Once. She was arranger and cast member of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee(Off-Broadway Signature Theatre 2020, La Jolla Playhouse 2019, OSF 2019), composer for All’s Well That Ends Well (OSF 2019) and Secret In The Wings (Coeurage Theatre 2017).
Shin Yu Pai: shinyupai.com
Shin Yu Pai is the author of 11 books, including Virga (Empty Bowl, 2021), ENSŌ (Entre Ríos Books, 2020), Sightings: Selected Works (1913 Press, 2007), Aux Arcs (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), and Equivalence (La Alameda, 2003). She is a 2022 Artist Trust Fellow and was nominated in 2014 for a Stranger Genius Award in Literature. She served as the fourth poet laureate of the city of Redmond from 2015 to 2017. Shin Yu is a three-time fellow of MacDowell and has also been in residence at Taipei Artist Village, Soul Mountain, The Ragdale Foundation, Centrum, and The National Park Service. Shin Yu is the recipient of awards from 4Culture, The City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, Satterberg Foundation, Windrose Fund, Awesome Foundation, and Puffin Foundation. She lives and works in Seattle.
Hanako O'Leary: hannyagrrrl.com
“Hi. My name is Hanako. I am a craft based multimedia artist living in Seattle, on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish tribes and Dwamish people. I descend from my mother Sumiko, and her mother, Hatsuko. I am one in a long line of Japanese women who dared to defy tradition and forge their own path. I place no allegiance to any given medium or artform, however, I make art because I believe it is through my hands that the deepest secrets, oldest stories, and most potent magic of my ancestors are preserved. My hands hold stories my voice has yet to discover, and with them I’ll make our power be known.”
Hanako O’Leary was born and raised by her Japanese mother and American father. She grew up roaming the suburbs of Chicago. Every year, for 2 months during the summer holiday, her mother would take her and her siblings back to their ancestral home in Hiroshima, Japan. These summers were spent learning how to cook, clean, and honor her ancestors from her four aunts, Nagako, Nobuko, Atsuko, and Masako. Hanako attended this annual pilgrimage until the year she turned 18 and these summer months would deeply influence her spiritual beliefs, artistic voice, and feminine ideals.
Spending most of her life on American soil, but always under a Japanese matriarchy, Hanako learned to bridge these identities through art, employing traditional Japanese imagery to narrate her current American story.
Hanako has received an extensive arts education within institutional walls and beyond. She exists through her hands. Currently, she is building her ceramic series, Izanami, at Pottery North West in Seattle, WA. where she is a long term resident artist." (Promo Copy)