Save the dates: ImprovisAsians 2017!

Asian Improv aRts in association with the Sound and Social Justice Commons and San Francisco State University Creative Music Studies


ImprovisAsians! 2017

March 13 - March 17, 2017

San Francisco State University

Creative Arts Building

1600 Holloway Ave.

San Francisco, CA

ImprovisAsians! is an annual series of performances and discussions exploring the connection between the performing arts and community-building. All events are free!

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Join Us in LA February 25 for Remembering Glenn Horiuchi

Bobby Bradford, William Roper, Francis Wong

Lenora Lee

Melody Takata

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Far East Lounge, Little Tokyo, 353 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Musicians Francis Wong, Bobby Bradford, and William Roper, dancer/choreographers Lenora Lee and Melody Takata, will present an interdisciplinary concert in tribute to the late composer/instrumentalist Glenn Horiuchi and in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the production company Asian Improv aRts.

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Join us for Jon Jang's performance October 22

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 08:00 PM

Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco, CA

Presented by Jon Jang Performances, Asian Improv aRts, and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. The Jon Jangtet will perform a program of music works that pay tribute to the Chinese immigrant workers of America. The centerpiece will be the world premiere of Jon Jang’s new work, Yang Sing Work Song, to celebrate the upcoming 2 nd anniversary of the 4 million dollar settlement won by the Yank Sing Restaurant workers in November 2014. For more info click here.

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Please support this important event: From Xiaoxing Xi to Japanese American Internment: Targeting Immigrant Communities as National Security Threats

Join Professor Xiaoxing Xi, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Donald K. Tamaki, and other leaders from Chinese American, Japanese American, and Muslim American communities for a historic panel discussion. Asian Improv aRts is proud to support this important conversation. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6:00-7:30PM

City College San Francisco, Chinatown/North Beach Campus

808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108, Room 402

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Upcoming performances in May 2016!

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Lancaster New Sounds Presents Inspira April 2!

Asian Improv Nation! If you are in the Lancaster, PA area, please come see the show!

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Join us this Friday to watch “The Detached” Short Film at the 2016 CAAMFest!

Lenora Lee and Tatsu Aoki, in association with production partners Lenora Lee Dance, Innocent Eyes and Lenses Films, and Asian Improv aRts present the premier of the short film "The Detached" as a part of the 2016 CAAMFest "Through the Looking Glass" short film program!

For more information about this event please visit our calendar by clicking here.

We hope to see all of you there this Friday March 11th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco!


Photo Credit: From "The Detached" by Robbie Sweeney

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ImprovisAsians! 2016

ImprovisAsians 2016! Coming up in less than two weeks! Please make it to one of the shows.

This year we have expanded our venues to Japantown for the concert will Bobby Bradford, William Roper, Lenora Lee, Genevieve Lim, and Francis Wong!


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Upcoming January 2016 Performances!

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Tsukasa Taiko Taiko Legacy 12 & Reduction 3

co-presented by MCA Stage & Asian Improv aRts Midwest

Taiko Legacy 12 - Sat & Sun, Dec 19 & 20, 3 pm

TL12 is a matinee and perennial favorite featuring Tsukasa Taiko. Tsukasa is celebrated for convening three generations of drummers in its ensemble and representing today's vibrant pan-Asian heritage. The core Japanese aesthetic in taiko and classical instruments and kimono dance is presented in this program, which features the dance art of grandmaster Shunojo Fujima and Yoshinojo Fujima, along with esteemed musical artists from Tokyo, grandmasters Chizuru Kineya, Kizan Kawamura, Takane Umeya, and SHINTA from Sapporo, Japan, San Francisco's Melody Takata and Gen Ensemble.

Reduction 3 - Sat, Dec 19, 7:30 pm 

Reduction forefronts taiko's central role in the3 musical experimentati8on of 1970s Tokyo. Directed by creative artist Tatsu Aoki, this hybrid program owes uch to Aoki's roots in a well-known artisan family and his role in Tokyo's new wave of performance art. Reduction explores the quieter contours of space, silence, time, weight, and visual imagery to connect the viewer to the less obvious elements of beauty inherent in today's Japanese art forms.

The unearthly Ayako Kato, originally of Yokohama and currently one of Chicago's leading contemporary dance improvisers, performs alongside formidable creative musicians including Nicole Mitchell on flutes, Ari Brown and Douglas R. Ewart on reeds. The superb percussive talents of Eigen Aoki, Hamid Drake, and Michael Zerang and SHINTA from Japan demonstrates taiko's complexity, in an extended improvisation set that also features the artists performing on snare drums and percussion. Additional guest artists in the program are Melody Takata and Francis Wong (San Francisco), Jonathan Chen (New York), and others to be announced.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Ave.

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or call the MCA Box Office: 312.397.4010

MCA members: $16

Nonmembers: $20

Students: $10

Taiko Legacy Promotional Video

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Founded in 1987, Asian Improv aRts’ (AIR) mission is to produce, present and document artistic works that represent the Asian American experience.