Mosaic Connect is a new series of virtual performances designed to highlight our common threads, celebrate our diversity, and bring people together – with no borders. You can expect world class music co-created by Mosaic Fellows and musicians from around the world.

Episode #9- November 23, 2020: Traditions of Remembrance

A showcase and comparison of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos and the Japanese Obon traditions.

Mosaic Connect bridges 6,000 miles in one single episode as it explores the connecting webs between the popular cultural celebrations of Mexico and Japan:
Dia de Los Muertos and Obon. Join us to hear music from these traditions performed as well as discussion on their history and links between them.

Episode #8- September 17, 2020: Love, Life, Loss

This Mosaic Connect episode – Love, Loss, Life – is a historical and musical journey across San Jose through the voices of Vietnamese, Chicano, and African-American communities. The Opening Act will comprise conversations with community representatives including Rosanna Alvarez and Leon Beauchman, who will talk about the contributions of Chicano, African-American, and Vietnamese communities to San Jose, California’s rich culture and history. This will be followed by music that was inspired by these stories, created and performed by Emmy-award winning musician and composer Van-Anh Vo. 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. The episode will conclude with the speakers and artists engaging in an interactive Q&A session.

Speaker & Artists

Rosanna Alvarez

Speaker: Rosanna Alvarez

Artist: Van-Anh Vo

Complete List of Participating Artists

  • Jimi Nakagawa: Taiko, Percussion
  •  Joshua Mellinger: Frame Drum, Trap Set, Marimba
  • Mikhael Khalikulov: Cello, Electric Bass
  • Van-Anh Vo: Vietnamese Traditional Instruments, Vocals
  • Ian Winters: Visual Artist
  • Robin Whitehouse: Sound Designer

Episode #7- August 17, 2020: Precious Scars

Our next Mosaic Connect episode is an homage to the incarcerated Japanese-Americans during World War 2. This virtual musical performance of Precious Scars, a multidisciplinary musical experience designed to serve as a vehicle for storytelling, weaves together musical influences from Mexico, Japan, and the Middle East, to retell the experiences Japanese-Americans faced during that difficult time. The episode will feature selections from the premiere performance, as well as conversations with the composers: Amr Selim, Vico Diaz, and Ray Furuta, as well as photographer Renee Billingslea and community leaders.

Featured Artists

Complete List of Participating Artists

  • Amr- Selim, French Horn
  • Demone Carter, Spoken Word
  • Haurka Fujii, Percussion
  • Jesus Plascencia, Guittaron
  • Ray Furuta, Flute
  • ShenShen Zhang, Pipa
  • Vico Diaz, Leona Bass

Episode #6- July 13, 2020: The Ancient Contemporary

For this episode, we present The Ancient Contemporary. This virtual performance will feature Cambodian classical and Indian Odissi dance forms, showcasing their shared focus on stylistic movements. The second part of the episode will feature Indian Odissi dance combined with modern contemporary dance to highlight the nuanced storytelling abilities of these dance forms followed by a panel discussion with the artists, where they’ll discuss the modern stories and age-old emotions that they feature through their dance styles.

Featured Artists

Episode #5- May 25, 2020: Stories that Move

Our next Mosaic Connect episode, Stories that Move, creates an intercultural narrative to highlight how the human experience is common across time and geography. Specifically, it will showcase a single dance-form, BharataNatyam (one of the oldest forms of classical dance in India) juxta-posed with modern ballet in one clip, and Arabic music and melody in the other.

Featured Artists

Hannah Doughri

Hannah Doughri

Episode #4- May 11, 2020: A Nikkei Mother’s Day

In honor of the Japanese Cultural Festivities that have been cancelled during COVID-19, as well as to celebrate Mother’s Day, our latest Mosaic Connect episode presents A Nikkei Mother’s Day performed by Koto Oyako Don, the mother-son Koto duo of Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and Brian Mitsuhiro Wong. This performance will also feature cameos by ShenShen Zhang (pipa), Haruka Fujii (percussion), and Ray Furuta (flute).

Featured Artists

Cameo Artists

Episode #3- Apr 27, 2020: “Poets-in-Place”

April is Poetry Month. Even as the virus that “binds us, but holds us apart” forces us all to shelter in place and experience an unfamiliar quietude, our brilliant Mosaic Fellow Poets have been creating new works. Join us for a reading of their COVID-19 inspired creations and insights on how their upbringing, cultural roots and lived experiences are reflected in their poems.

Featured Artists

Episode #2- Apr 13, 2020: RaasLorico

For this episode, we go back in time to our very first Mosaic event: Mosaic America. In this online broadcast, you’ll watch Xpressions and Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí come together, combining their Raas and Folklorio influences in a performance that highlights our common threads, celebrates our diversity, and brings people together – with no borders.

Featured Artists

Arturo Magaña

Srividya Eashwar

Episode #1- Mar, 30, 2020: USA, Mexico City, Lebanon

Our first episode, on Monday, March 30th at 12:00 pm PT, brings together past Mosaic Silicon Valley Artists and Artist-Member of Common Sounds: Ray Furuta from Santa Clara, Vico Diaz from Mexico City, and Amr Selim from Beirut, to perform Vico Diaz’s original work, Vibora del Cascabel inspired by the traditional Mexican song El Cascabel.

Featured Artists

Complete list of Artists


  • Vico Diaz (Leona Bass/Composer)
  • Jacinto “Xinto” Stephens (Requinto)
  • Miguel Cruz (Percussion)
  • Rita Donte (Zapateado)


  • Amr Selim (French Horn)


  • Ray (Flute)