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Smithsonian Folkways Presents: No-No Boy - A Documentary on ‘1975’
Smithsonian Folkways Presents "No-No Boy," a documentary exploring the mind and deeply immersive vision behind Julian Saporiti’s upcoming Folkways album as No-No Boy. This film depicts the creative process behind his translation of dark and painful historical moments into a collection of beautiful and compassionate songs. As he notes, this passage of sound not only helps him make sense of his own Asian American identity but encourages people "to investigate their own history and find themselves in the sense of community through the past." Featuring footage from a trip to Texas in February 2020, which marked the end of Saporiti's three-year journey of research for the '1975' project. Produced by Albert Tong & Charlie Weber Filmed by Albert Tong, Charlie Weber, & Julian Saporiti Edited by Albert Tong Music by Julian Saporiti & Emilia Halvorsen Special thanks to: All the musicians who played on the album, Juan, Diego, Emilia, Seth, Anahi, Luis & Fam, Pastor Mike, Soph & Joe, Bering Straits School District, Maritza & Andres at UTRGV, El Hueso de Fraile Musicians & Staff, Charlie & Albert '1975' available April 2, 2021, on LP, CD, and Digital. Pre-order/stream: Smithsonian Folkways: Bandcamp: All other platforms: No-No Boy is the musical project of Vietnamese American singer and scholar Julian Saporiti. On his Smithsonian Folkways debut '1975,' named after the year Saigon fell, Saporiti investigates his own family heritage as well as life in WWII Japanese internment camps, immigrant detention centers and refugee camps in 2020, and other stories of immigration that illustrate the complexities of becoming American. His songs are the epitome of folk storytelling in the modern era, as he interweaves histories with field recordings from the sites of collective trauma and fragments of Asian American musical tradition, from jazz to rock, to choral music. With his plaintive, direct voice, he takes listeners on a deeply human journey through the Asian American experience in the US. No-No Boy: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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23 min 44 sec
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music folk "Woody Guthrie" "Pete Seeger" Smithsonian Folkways old-time non-profit
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