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Today on the show we have painter, drummer, and musician CJ Loo, who hails from Malaysia, but has taken up residence in Santa Barbara and is bringing her Chinese brush art to galleries around town, starting with Bella Rosa Gallery, where we first met. She's a tireless promoter of her work and warm and friendly and it wasn't too long until our paths crossed and I knew she had to be a guest on the show. As you're about to hear, she's an amazing world traveler, a great collaborator, and a fantastic multi-tasker.

Unconventional Roots
Unconventional Roots

She just illustrated a book called Holding Demons in Small Jars, written by her friend Jasmine A Kumalah, and you'll want to hie yourself to her website  where you can see a lot more examples of her work. She also has a fantastic blog there.

In this interview we talk about identifying as both Malaysian and Chinese, remixing cultures, benefits of being the oldest child, and what it's like to attend a trance music evening...and not with glowsticks and EDM.

And here's footage of her both drumming and painting:

A few other things mentioned in the interview:
Art without Limits
Art from Scrap
Cheah Thien Soong
Dug Uyesaka
Russell Peters and the standup routine she mentions
UCSB Middle East Ensemble

 

Direct download: 73_Episode_073_Si_Jie_Loo.mp3
Category:creativity -- posted at: 1:43am PDT

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