Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo

  • About the Artist:

    Growing up in the late 60′s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His music background as a songwriter and composer, his interest and talents in Asian ethnic music, dance and theater, and his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy to place Robert in the exciting art form of storytelling. Synthesizing the spoken word with kinetic sensibilities, interlacing music to create interludes and atmosphere, and engaging his audiences into playful participation integrates all of the elements Robert values for conveying his philosophy through performance. Robert has received grants from The California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk Arts Program. He was acknowledged with a SF Izzy Award and in 1999, he was the recipient of the National Young Audiences “Artist of the Year.”

    Category:

    • Music
    • Theater

    Type of Programs Offered

    • residency
    • workshop
    • assembly
    • virtual
    • Asia FantAsia

      Description:

      Weaving a variety of traditional tales with yarns of music and theater, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo delights his audiences with folktales and myths from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, and more than twenty-three other Asian countries—often embellishing the plots with the lyricism of a bamboo flute, or bringing characters to life with animated facial gestures. With a masterful use of timing and elements of surprise, Robert draws students and teachers alike into a joyful exploration of Asian culture.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      preK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Bamboo Jamboo: An Asian Musical Adventure!

      Description:

      A variety of music, dance, and storytelling cultures from the Asian world are introduced through a performance featuring varied flutes and storytelling theater. The haunting sounds of Shakuhachi flute music from Japan, the buzzing of a Southern Filipino bamboo jaw harp, and the multi-reed bamboo cane panpipes of Thailand all come to life as Robert demonstrates their sounds and introduces myths, anecdotes, and folklore associated with these instruments. Students have the opportunity to try the instruments and learn a variety of Asian folk dance steps.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      preK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Asian Pacific Playshop

      Description:

      Learn about Asian history and cultures while celebrating the performing arts! Workshops feature storytelling, music, dance, history and culture, and traditional instruments, and are tailored to age group and curriculum.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      preK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • residency
      • workshop
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  • Name or Art Agency:
    Artivate, Inc.
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Phone:
    (301) 588-7525
    State / County:
    Maryland

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