*All is MU*

Greetings! The MU team has just  returned home  after an amazing tour at the Krannert Center in Champagne/Urbana, IL, and McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA. We finally get to take a break and reflect on the love and gratitude we feel for everyone who was a part of bring MU to fruition.  *All is MU, all is love *

Photos by Marissa Katarina Bergmann

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CD Release of the Music of MU!

On the night of the world premiere of MU, First Voice released the soundtrack of the music of MU. You can purchase it at our website store hereBuy Now Orange

The Music of Mu cover (2)

The score for MU, written by Emmy-award winning composer Mark Izu, lifts off from his handwritten graphic notation, a melding of his love of jazz and ancient Japanese music, and the live improvisation of musicians who have worked together for years.

These include Izu playing the sho, an ancient Japanese court instrument which has 17 pipes and 15 reeds, and requires strong lungs to produce its haunting, atonal notes. The score also calls for three types of Japanese drum, a 13- and a 17-string koto, the shakuhachi bamboo flute and four Western instruments: the double bass, trap drums, saxophone and flute. Percussive sounds emit from a thumb piano, a beaded gourd, a Chinese opera gong filled with ball bearings and handcrafted drum mallets which, when rubbed on drums and koto strings, create a sad cry that strikes Izu as the sound of a whale crying.

Opening Night Pictures and More!

Thank you everyone for coming to the opening day of MU! There was a huge turn out, with audience members including our longtime supporter and board of trustees chair Judge Thelton Henderson, Japan Consul General Nobohiro Watanabe, Glide founders Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, and Supervisor Eric Mar. Feeling so blessed by everyone’s love and support!There will be two more performances at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, tonight at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm!