Restoring the Fountain

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Have you met our manager Kizamu Tsutakawa? If not, he’s the one in the photo (standing next to our drummer and co-producer Teo) pointing his finger at you! He wants to invite you to our first benefit concert of the year at Seattle Central Community College on Thursday, February 27 – all proceeds will go towards the renovation of his grandfather’s fountain which was installed on the campus in 1973.

George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a Japanese American painter, sculptor, and fountain maker. With bronze fountain installations in cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan, he is among the most influential figures in modern Asian American art, awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun decoration by the Emperor of Japan in 1981. In a 1978 interview he explained his fascination with fountains:

“Our sense of continuity and rhythm is universal in water. Even in childhood I was interested in running water, in the recycling process of water. I remember Mark Tobey talking to me about the life cycle of the universe and the fact that water moves about endlessly in its various forms, vapor, ice drops forming in the clouds to be released into the rivers. This recycling always fascinated me.”

Memory and Interlude: An Evening of Music with the Tsutakawas goes down on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm at the Broadway Performance Hall on the Seattle Central Community College campus. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the Tsutakawa Fountain Renovation Fund. Help restore the fountain today!

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