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This article was originally found in the September 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 26).

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Yuri Takahashi blames it on jazz.

That might seem like quite a stretch, but Yuri says the love of jazz she developed during her junior high school years opened her to appreciation of other forms of music.

So when she arrived in Yangon, Myanmar, in the early 1990s as a Burmese specialist with the Embassy of Japan, she found herself captivated by Mahagita, Burmese classical music...