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any one time created a rich, textured
and uniquely oriental rhythmic
background that accentuated every
number. The use of the traditional koto
(an instrument which is. played
similarly to the way one would play th
strings of a piano) with its soun
somewhere between that of a harp and
classical guitar added a unique dimen-
sion to the overall sound that is the
crucial difference in the fusion of
Hiroshima and that of other bands.
PLAYING ALL eight compositions
from their album, the group was par-
ticularly effective in two tremendous
compositiomns entitled "Lion Dance,"
and "DaDa". June, classically trained
on the koto, maintained the image off
stoic oriental discipline as she utilized
her instrument's unique nature to
derive alternating glissando and piz-
zicato effects. In weaving the most
structured solos of the evening, June
produced cascading chromatics as a
foundation for Peter Hata's solos in
each song. The sensual filigree of the
koto enhanced the understated but ef-
fective lines of Hata's guitar in both
songs. The composition "Never Ever"
is a light pro-funk tune that establishe4
Hiroshima as among the best in this
mu4sical category. Jesse Acuna's
vocals were surprisingly strong as he
exhibited fine vocal stylings
showcasing a smooth and melodic
voice. Acuna could be more loose in
his stage presence, but he relaxed as
the concert went along.
Unfortunately, female vocalist Teri
Kusmoto wasn't nearly as successful in
providing background vocals for
Acuna. Her breathy vocals detracted
from the song as they were too soft to be
audible. As a lead vocalist, Kusmoto
could develop to'be a strong vocalist. At
her best, she has a light, breezy style,
but more often her inability to belt out a
lyric over the heavy accompaniment of
the band proved her to be ineffectual as
a vocalist. However, like Acuna, she
improved as the concert 'progressed;
and she was much better during the
band's two encores,.
In short, the band attempts to weave
a fine line balancing its American
cultural perspectives, along with its
eastern ancestral identity without
sublimating either perspective. It
would be easy for one identity to sub-
merge the other; or for both identities
to dissolve into a homogenous fusion
with little identity. But the group shows
a developed ability to differentiate and
maintain the precarious balance bet-
ween cultures. It is for this reason, thatE
with experience and maturity,
Hiroshima could become the definitive
band for culturally expressive music in
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