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Akemi Iwase
Her story, a news article, a program and some photos will appear here soon.

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This is a flyer from the concert I produced in San Francisco's, Little Tokyo, while managing Akemi Iwase. Senichei Tanaka was the Sensei for the Tiako Dojo Drummers. They were terriffic.

The name Moon Blossoms was from the lyrics to  a song I wrote in the seventies, called "Butterflies and Moonbeams." In the lyrics I mentioned moon blossoms.

When Mickey Hart, the drummer with the Grateful Dead, was doing some of the sound and music for Francis Ford Coppola's film, Apocalypse Now he wanted to use the Taiko Dojo Drummers. He called me about bringing them to Coppola's Birthday party in Yountville. It was short notice, but they came, and I took Akemi along and set her up in Coppola's house, playing her guitar and singing. 

I took Akemi to see Sarah Vaughan at a concert in Northern California, and introduced her to Sass after the show.

Click here for more on Mickey Hart and the Coppola story.

More to come.
Sam Younghans