Sunday, October 18th – 4:30-6:30 pm
The Anthony Brown Ensemble featuring Genny Lim: “1945: A Year of Infamy”

Special sneak preview of
SFMusic Day 15’s
Field Report:  Asian American Jazz

Anthony Brown’s Ensemble featuring Genny Lim
performing “1945: A Year of Infamy”

plus a set by the
Brown, Izu & Jordan Trio

Today’s sneak preview performance at Bird & Beckett
will include an opening set by the
Anthony Brown-Mark Izu-Lewis Jordan Trio
(original members of the 1980s progressive jazz quartet, UNITED FRONT)

followed by

Anthony Brown’s Ensemble featuring Genny Lim
performing a distillation for quintet of “1945: A Year of Infamy”

The full Asian American Orchestra performance of
“1945: A Year of Infamy”
will headline SFMusic Day 15 at Herbst Theater
on Sunday 10/25 at 8 pm
The Brown-Izu-Jordan Trio will be featured at 5:15 pm.


1945: A Year of Infamy commemorates the 70th anniversary of the atomic devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the beginning of humankind’s ability to annihilate itself from the face of the earth. Dr. Anthony Brown’s musical suite, informed by gagaku, the ancient court music of Japan dating back to the 8th century, is orchestrated for instrumental, vocal and poetry recitation sections with scored and improvised passagefor Japanese flutes (shakuhachi, fue), koto, mouth organ (sho) and taiko drums, in addition to jazz big band instruments.

Today’s performance at Bird & Beckett will employ
a distillation of the work for quintet:

Genny Lim, poet
Masaru Koga, sax, shakuhachi
Shoko Hikage, koto
Mark Izu, bass, sho (mouth organ)
Anthony Brown, percussion.

nagasaki-bombing-victimDr. Brown was commissioned in 1995 by the Asian Heritage Council to compose “Never Again!” (Mô, Shimasen!) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombings.  Never Again! premiered at the Japantown Peace Plaza on August 9, 1995 with SF Poet Laureate Janice Mirikitani reciting her poem, “August 6th.” The piece was reprised in 2005 at Japantown’s Peace Plaza for the 60th anniversary commemoration.

Initial sketches for 1945: A Year of Infamy began in Fall 2014, with the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) staff assisting Dr. Brown in researching the interviews and literature in their archives of Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombings.

The premiere performance of “1945: A Year of Infamy” took place at San Francisco Japantown’s annual summer Nihonmachi Street Fair on August 2, 2015, and it has been presented subsequently at the SF Asian Art Museum and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The San Francisco International Arts Festival will present 1945: A Year of Infamy in San Francisco and Japan in 2016.

Dr. Brown’s suite asks, “How can you look in the eyes of a child and say you’re making the world better for her, when your pursuit of profits and power hastens our world towards its final hour.”