UCR Department of Music
2021-2022 Florence Bayz Music Series — Wednesday@Noon via Zoom Series

Julian Saporiti/No-No Boy

Julian Saporiti will share music and video from his project No-No Boy, an immersive multimedia work blending original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images all in service of illuminating hidden American histories. Taking inspiration from his own familys history living through the Vietnam War as well as many other stories of the Asian American experience, Nashville-born songwriter Julian Saporiti has transformed years of doctoral study into an innovative project which bridges a divide between art and scholarship. By turning his archival research and fieldwork into a large repertoire of folk songs and films Saporiti has been able to engage diverse audiences with difficult conversations.

October 6, 2021
Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 P.M. PDT 
Free and open to the public. 

Please register in advance for this event: https://ucr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqd-iuqz0sGN3IYjH-VtSHDstZqNoMH35g

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Julian Saporiti is a Vietnamese American songwriter and scholar born in Nashville, Tennessee. His multi-media work "No-No Boy" has transformed his doctoral research on Asian American history into concerts, albums, and films which have reached a broad and diverse public audience. His latest album "1975" released through Smithsonian Folkways has been hailed by NPR as "one of the most insurgent pieces of music you'll ever hear" which "re-examines Americana with devastating effect" and American Songwriter called it "insanely listenable and gorgeous." By using art to dive into highly divisive issues such as race, refugees, and immigration, Saporiti aims to allow audience members to sit with complication as music and visuals open doorways to difficult histories. 

Saporiti currently lives in Portland, Oregon. As a teacher, he has taught courses in songwriting, music, literature, history, Asian American Studies, and ethnic studies at the University of Wyoming, Colorado College, Brown University and has served as an artist/scholar in residence at many universities and high schools across the country. Saporiti holds degrees from Berklee College of Music, University of Wyoming, and Brown University and has been commissioned by cultural institutions such as Lincoln Center, the LA Philharmonic, the National Parks, and Carnegie Hall.

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