For The Love Of L.A.: "Perfect Time" by Tylana Renga Enomoto
Thinking about Asian American racism during the time of COVID, along with the passing of my dad, brought up such powerful emotions for me that all I could think to offer in creating this piece was my vulnerability. I wanted to share some ways in which I process my feelings. Sometimes there is just too much and often it's difficult to find words to match what I am feeling, so using sounds, colors, images or movements allow me another outlet for communication, release and healing. The friends who I chose to collaborate with on this project also seem to relate with this sentiment. So, perhaps the piece is a collective reflection of how we are all feeling in this unique moment in time as Asian American artists.
L.A. native Tylana Renga Enomoto is a GRAMMY-award winning musician with over 20 years in the industry, having contributed to numerous studio recordings and live performances for both local and international audiences. Over the last decade, she has worked with artists that include Quetzal, Kamasi Washington, Ethiocali, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Arthur Verocai, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ana Tijoux, Son de Madera, Susana Baca, Ariana Grande, Gaslamp Killer, Bonobo, Kali Uchis, Jose Gonzales and Aloe Blacc.
While continuing to expand her creative horizons as a violinist, composer and artist, Renga Enomoto is also an associate clinical social worker who currently works with survivors of violence. As a single working mother, musician and advocate, she strives to find balance within all of life's complexities by focusing on intention, scheduling time to rest, enjoying plant-based culinary adventures, spending time in nature, dancing and laughing as much as possible with her 10-year-old son.
Curated by Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones
"In approaching this series, I wanted to highlight some extraordinary Asian-American artists who I have immense respect for and who have inspired me through their innovative use of creativity to bring the community together. The following artists aim to shed light on the Asian-American experience through a lens of social justice, and how we need to move forward in exposing fact not fear, love not hate, and empathy not divisiveness.
Tylana Renga Enomoto is a Los Angeles native and GRAMMY-award winning musician with over 20 years in the industry and has worked with artists such as Quetzal, Kamasi Washington, Ethiocali, Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco. Her piece, 'Perfect Time,' is a melodious ode that inspires us to strengthen our creative muscles through art and activism."