Support Genryu Arts Indiegogo Campaign to fund its 20th Anniversary Celebrations

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Upcoming: Gen: Legacies in Transformation - April 9 Asian Art Museum

Come help celebrate Genryu Arts' 20 year anniversary with a special performance at the Asian Art Museum April 9. The theme of the concert featuring international guests Chizuru Kineya and Michikaoru Hanayagi from Tokyo, Chicago artists Tatsu Aoki and Kioto Aoki, Francis Wong, and Artistic Director Melody Takata. For details click here.

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Inspira: Power of the Spiritual February 14-15 Lancaster, PA

Dr. Amanda Kemp

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual
An inspiring mashup of African American spirituals, classical, jazz and spoken word that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. With Dr. Amanda Kemp, narrator, Matthew Armstead, spoken word, vocalist, Michael Jamanis, violin, and Francis Wong, saxophone. Asian Improv aRts is proud to be a partner in this production! Click here for more info.

FEBRUARY 14 & 15 2015
The Ware Center Lancaster, PA
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Help us make our 29th Anniversary Season possible. Please consider a gift today.

 

Francis Wong's 2014 music recording 

Dear friends,

 

We would like to take this time to thank you for your on-going support of Asian Improv aRts for these past 28 years! This past 2014 program year, we have together made possible the commissioning and presentation of innovative new works giving artistic voice to the experiences of Asians in America:

  • Lenora Lee's 7th Anniversary season including her newest interdisciplinary work The Detached in collaboration with Kei Lun Martial Arts and Enshin Karate, San Mateo Dojo at Dance Mission.
  • Jon Jang by Leland WongJon Jang's work Oyama Canon in D commissioned by the Asian Improv aRts with the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission for the centennial of the Alien Land Laws which targeted Japanese American farmers, preventing them from owning land or holding long term leases as part of the anti-Asian movements of the early 20th Century. Photo by Leland Wong
  • Melody Takata's Shadow to Shadow project featuring Chicago's Tatsu Aoki, Tokyo's Chizuru Kineya, actor Todd Nakagawa, and Francis Wong integrating taiko, dance, Shamisen, film projection, spoken word and contemporary music in an exploration of cultural legacies in a rapidly changing global environment. 
  •   Serving as fiscal sponsor for Melecio Magdaluyo's San Francisco Arts Commission funded project Sounds of the City which premiered at Koret Auditorium at the SF Public Library Main Branch. This series of 8 new musical works was written in association with the exhibit: In Composition: A Filipino American experience. 
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  • Recording recent groundbreaking work by Francis Wong including his Miyoshi Sketches (originally commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission), which featured Melody of China's Yangqn Zhao, trombonist Wayne Wallace, saxophonist Melecio Magdaluyo, composer arranger Jim Norton and a duet recording with Chicago's legendary saxophonist Ari Brown DiStilled. Photo by Adrian Arias

In addition to the performances we continued valuable arts education programs at Clarendon (Melody Takata - Taiko and Dance, featured on NBC Nightly News), Alice Fong Yu (Jon Jang - piano) and Redding Schools (in collaboration with Community Youth Council) of the San Francisco Unified School District (Melody Takata), and Cameron House in SF Chinatown (Lenora Lee, martial artist Corey Chan, musician Francis Wong).

 

Please consider a special gift this year to help us continue our work in our 29th Anniversary season!

 

The season will include April 9th & 11th performances by Melody Takata & Genryu Arts at the Asian Art Museum, Francis Wong's new work Wong Wei's Gamble featuring Tatsu Aoki and Lenora Lee at Fort Mason Center May 30th, and Lenora Lee Dance's 8th Anniversary Season at Fort Mason's General's Residence September 10th-20th. 


 
Very sincerely yours,

Francis Wong

Creative Director     

 

Asian Improv aRts is a non-profit tax-exempt organization. All donations are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contributions can be made by check. Please fill out the attached form and mail it along with your donation. Contributions can also be made online by credit card at www.asianimprov.org (click "Donate").  

 
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Start 2015 with some sounds of freedom - Check out these gigs!

Avotcja & Modupue

with Francis Wong, sax and flute.
Jon Jang, piano.
Heshima Mark Williams, bass.

Sunday, January 4th – 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Bird & Beckett Books and Records

653 Chenery St. between Diamond and Castro in San Francisco’s Glen Park

For info: http://www.birdbeckett.com/avotcja-modupue/

 

The Monday-Makeout: Wong/Obando/Evangelista/Lopez + Frank Rosaly Solo + Darren Johnston's Standard Candles

A creative jazz and improvised music series every first Monday in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA ... organized by Lisa Mezzacappa and Darren Johnston ...

The Make-Out Room

3225 22nd St, San Francisco

Monday, January 5, 8pm (8:30pm start)

Set #1: Quartet #1
Francis Wong-saxophone
Nick Obando-saxophone
Karl Evangelista-guitar
Robert Lopez-drums
*This is the first in a planned series of first time meetings between Bay Area improvisers.
Organized by : The Monday Makeout

NO COVER!

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Please support Inspira's Rockethub Campaign!

Please consider making a gift to Inspira: The Power of the SpiritualA Performance Project by Amanda Kemp. Amanda says: "It's a performance project that I am creating with jazz saxophonist Francis Wong, my betrothed violinist Michael Jamanis, and Matthew Armstead, a community organizer/storyteller/vocalist. Inspira is unlike anything I have done before, and it requires extended real time collaboration and discovery."

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Genryu Arts 19th Anniversary Annual Concert - November 16, 2014

magatama wo atsumeru

Gathering the forces of earth, the heavens, and humankind

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 

Doors open: 12 pm/ Concert: 12:30 pm

Food, live music, auction and more!

General tickets: $15/ At the door $20

Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/896074

For more info: www.genryuarts.org

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Melody of China to perform at Yoshi's Oakland Tues 11/11

The celebrated music ensemble Melody of China will premiere a new commission entitled Coexistent Beauty by composer Yuanlin Chen featuring MoC's core ensemble of traditional Chinese instrumentalists with guest artists on Western instruments. Also included on the program will past collaborations with pianist Jon Jang and guest artists saxophonist Francis Wong, bassist Marcus Shelby, and trapset drummer Deszon X. Claiborne. Coexistent Beauty is supported by a grant from Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.  Admission: $12. For details visit: http://www.yoshis.com/jazzclub/artist/show/4570

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Profile: Queen Crescent - to perform at Chinatown Music Festival 2014

Queen Crescent will perform at the Chinatown Music Festival Saturday August 16 in Portsmouth Square. Click here for details...

Please read the band bio!

"Queen Crescent is a heavy psychedelic rock band from the San Francisco/Oakland, CA.  We are composed of Andrea Genevieve (guitar, vocals), Amy Martinez (drums, percussion), Eni Loicy Pela (bass, vocals), and Melissa Vu (flute, vocals).  We started this band with a question:  what would it be like to put four women of color musicians obsessed with 60s-70s era heavy rock n roll in a room and have them start a band?  The answer:  Killer riffs and paradigm shifts. 

Although we draw greatly from heavy rock acts of the past such as Los Dug Dugs, Flower Travellin Band, Ngozi Family, Nahuatl, and Black Sabbath (among so many others), the music we create is not merely an imitation of things that came before.  With total disregard to Western concepts of linear time, we have positioned ourselves as the mistresses of our own realities.  Time has no meaning.  Rock n roll is eternal.  We make music how we want to hear it and we speak our truths without hesitation."

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Save the date! 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm: The 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival is presented by the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, with community partners Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinese Progressive Association.  The days activities will be held at Portsmouth Square on Kearny Street between Washington Street and Clay Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Admission is free.

Honorary Event Chairs: Supervisors David Chiu, Eric Mar, and Norman Yee.

Under the theme “Without Walls”, the all day music festival will present “Toisan Railway”, a newly commissioned music by the San Francisco Arts Commission by composer/pianist Jon Jang, the sounds of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, the rhythm and blues of “Chinatown’s Soul Band” Jest Jammin’, Queen Crescent — a psychedelic rock four-piece based from the SF/Bay Area, and CPA’s Youth Mojo.  Also featured will be crafts, games, a film screening of Shaolin Soccer at 2pm, and a new exhibit sharing the installation work of Summer Mei-Ling Lee in CCC’s gallery entitled “Into the Nearness of Distance”.

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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.