Brenda Wong Aoki | Mermaid Meat

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Mermaid Meat

by Brenda Wong Aoki

Haunting interpretation of traditional Japanese ghost tales with Asian-Jazz accompaniment. Includes a book illustrated with full color plates.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mermaid Meat
Brenda Wong Aoki
23:53 album only
2. Excerpt From Scattered Scars
Mark Izu
2:52 album only
3. The Bell of Dojoji
Brenda Wong Aoki
12:45 album only
4. Excerpt From Mermaid in a Silent Sea
Mark Izu
0:52 album only
5. Dancing in California
Brenda Wong Aoki
13:36 album only
6. Excerpt From Kuan Yin Processional
Mark Izu
1:23 album only
7. Black Hair
Brenda Wong Aoki
16:40 album only
8. Excerpt From Return to the Valley
Mark Izu
1:46 album only


Album Notes
Brenda Wong Aoki has broken barriers and established a new artistic genre as a contemporary American storyteller. Her work is a synthesis of Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater, Commedia dell’arte, modern dance and every day experience. A writer and performer, she is acclaimed as one of America’s foremost solo theater performers.

The CD with book features four traditional Japanese ghost tales illustrated with full color plates. The recorded stories are accompanied by music by Mark Izu.

The title piece, Mermaid Meat, is an original story written by Brenda Wong Aoki based on the Japanese proverb “Eating the flesh of a mermaid is the secret to eternal youth”. Originally commissioned by Kent Nagano, the conductor of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the piece is accompanied by an original score by Mark Izu. A tragic tale of a young girl who feasts on the flesh of a mermaid in order to live forever, the story speaks to our collective fascination with youth and beauty.



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