Issay Matsumoto

Issay Matsumoto is a former assistant arts editor at The Tufts Daily. He is a first-year who can be reached at issay.matsumoto@tufts.edu.


Senior Profile: Jon Kuwada’s creative energy surges through his music, academics alike

Jon Kuwada wants to make people happy. Using his soulful croon and effortless flow to capture the hearts and ears of listeners around the country, Jon collaborates with his twin brother Cameron as the duo “Kuwada.” Together, the Hawaii-raised brothers have amassed over 6 million “listens” on Spotify for their songs “Cherry Cola” (2018) and […]


Tisch Library set to open next Friday night to ‘Critical Drag’ lip sync extravaganza

How far have you gone to get an A? Tisch Library will be open next Friday night, as students of Kareem Khubchandani’s “Critical Drag” course will lip sync for their grade in front of friends, family, professors and maybe even President Anthony Monaco in the Tisch Library Hemicycle at 9:30 p.m. on April 20. Titled […]


International Club’s Parade of Nations celebrates international culture, community members

Members of International Club held their annual Parade of Nations event in Cohen Auditorium last Saturday evening, March 3. After months of hard work — planning outreach, filming promotional videos, organizing logistics and communicating with the International Center — club members, performers and audiences came together for a show that celebrated international culture and community at […]


TASA’s annual culture show builds community, celebrates for good cause

Tufts Association of South Asians (TASA) held “FilmFare: Desi Night Live,” their annual culture show in Cohen Auditorium this past Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 23 and 24. Directed by TASA sophomores Tashwita Pruthi and Simran Lala, this year the show’s format was modeled after the annual Hindi language film awards show, the Filmfare Awards. […]


Khruangbin delivers contemplative surf-rock with ‘Con Todo El Mundo’

Texas surf-funk-soul indie rock three-piece Khruangbin doesn’t need a lead singer to make music that breathes. After captivating listeners with 2015’s “The Universe Smiles Upon You,” the Thai-funk-inspired trio whose name in Thai translates as “airplane,” soars to new heights, delivering 2018’s most dynamic and accessible instrumental album yet. The band’s new sophomore album, “Con Todo El Mundo,” […]


After 50 years, The Shaggs’ unique sound still resonates

It’s been 50 years since 1968, the year that “shattered America.” While the Vietnam War raged on, racial tensions reached new highs with assassinations of major public figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy and Cold War anxieties loomed, music nonetheless undertook its own innovations. The Beatles went to Rishikesh and Jimi Hendrix released “Electric Ladyland.” In the […]


‘The Hungry Woman’ cast reflects on goal to captivate, challenge Tufts community

Tufts’ student theatre organization 3Ps presented “The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea” (1995), a play written by queer Chicana playwright Cherríe Moraga, from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18. Moraga’s play reimagines the ancient Greek myth of Medea and complicates contemporary social issues through a lens of queer Chicana narrative and Aztec lore. Following a revolution […]


Student performers of color share their hopes, concerns for a cappella at Tufts

Known for elaborate showcases of vocal talent, Tufts’ numerous a cappella groups have established themselves as vibrant fixtures on campus. In recent years, these groups have also become sites of intentional dialogue to address issues of race and identity within their respective groups and in the broader Tufts community. These student efforts to create both […]


With ‘New At Noon,’ Tufts Composers Concert Series takes an intentional approach to experimentation

The melodies of viola, organ and piano filled Goddard Chapel on Oct. 27. Entitled “New At Noon: Fingerboard, Pedalboard,” the free show debuted seven student compositions centered around viola and organ, one faculty composition by Professor John McDonald and featured a sonata by guest composer Howard Frazin. Students of McDonald’s contemporary composition seminar and composition practicum worked intensely through […]


Artist to watch: JADE

For 20-year-old Los Angeles-based musician Jade Pedrizet, songwriting is not just a craft, it’s a life’s work. Enjoying the August release of her debut EP “PINK” (2017), Pedrizet, who performs under the moniker JADE, recalls the genesis of her life’s work as a youth in Phoenix, Ariz. “When I was a little kid, my friends […]


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