Music and Spoken Word Performance inspired by Stories from San José's Multicultural Communities

Release date 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Courtesy of Sangam Arts.

Mosaic Silicon Valley returns to the San José Museum of Art at Third Thursday with Journeys of Love, Loss & Life: San José on June 20, 2019 at 8pm. Created and performed by Emmy-award winning musician and composer Van-Anh Vo, Journeys of Love, Loss & Life: San José is an instrumental and vocal portrayal of stories inspired by the lives of members of the local Vietnamese, Chicano, and African American communities. Tickets are $5 after 5pm and available online at 

Weaving together a sensory-rich tapestry of music and spoken word, Van-Anh Vo draws on her extensive community research, including interviews with local elders as well as historians. Using first-person narratives as both the foundation and inspiration for her work, Vo has created a performance that explores shared experiences and the common threads that bind us together as a nation. 

Composed and directed by Vo, Journeys of Love, Loss & Life: San José also features world-class musicians Jimi Nakagawa (taiko, percussion), Joshua Mellinger (frame drum, trap set, marimba), Mikhael Khalikulov (cello, electric bass), and sound designer Robin Whitehouse. 


Mosaic Silicon Valley

Journeys of Love, Loss & Life: San José is a production of Sangam Arts and part of the organization’s Mosiac Silicon Valley initiative, a grass-roots movement to foster respect and cross-cultural understanding in communities through global arts performed by local artists. Since its inception in 2013, Sangam Arts has presented over 20 multicultural performances by world-class artists from over 15 different cultural groups and dozens of workshops and lecture demonstrations featuring scholars and artists—reaching a total audience of nearly 15,000 attendees. 



The San José Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists’ broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.

SJMA is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San José, California. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm and until 8pm or later on the third Thursday of each month. As of Friday, February 1, 2019, SJMA is also FREE to all on the first Friday of each month from 5–9pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, 17 and under, college students and teachers with a valid ID, and members are FREE. On the Third Thursday of every month, admission is reduced to $5 after 5pm. For more information, call 408.271.6840 or visit

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Programs at the San José Museum of Art are made possible by generous operating support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José, and the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation.