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
RSVP here: bit.ly/xiaoxingxi
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Asian Improv Nation! If you are in the Lancaster, PA area, please come see the show!
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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
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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Three shows are coming up! One in SF, one in SJ, and one in Lancaster, PA!
Avotcja and members of Modupue w/Jon Jang, Heshima Mark Williams, and Francis Wong Jan 3 at Bird and Beckett in SF
Avotcja and members of Modupue in San Jose January 10 JAZZ & THE FIRE OF WORDSONG
Inspira: Power of the Spiritual w/Dr. Amanda Kemp, Michael Jamanis, Matthew Armstead, Gerri McCritty, and Francis Wong, Jan 18 in Lacaster, PA
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.
Buy tickets online: www.mcachicago.org
or call the MCA Box Office: 312.397.4010
MCA members: $16
Taiko Legacy Promotional Video
Things will get a little spooky with an innovative performance combining music, experimental film and dance, inspired by the 1926 film “A Page of Madness,” written by Nobel Prize-winning Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972). PAGES is a meditation on the emergence of Japanese modernist and experimentalist art movements.
The performance haunts and delights with a music ensemble directed by saxophonist Francis Wong with Tatsu and Kioto on electronics and taiko respectively, an experimental film by Tatsu Aoki, and taiko, costuming and movement components by Melody Takata.
Supported in part by an Organization Project Grant sponsored by the Community Investments Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Check out a preview of the performance here
From Jon Jang "Sunday October 25 at 6:45 at the Green Room in the War Memorial Veteran's Building on Van Ness in San Francisco, Tiananmen will be reimagined in a FREE performance with new and younger creative musicians such as Hitomi Oba and Henry Hung, as well as a rhythm section of Gary Brown and Deszon Cliaborne who have been performing my music the past decade. One cannot have a concert at Veteran's Building without the vets who have performed my music the past three decades: James Norton, John L. Worley Jr, Melecio Magdaluyo and Jeff Cressman."
This performance is a part of SF Music Day presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. It is also a part of Anthony Brown's Field Report and the state of the Asian American jazz movement. The performance is partially funded by Asian Improv aRts in order that this major work last performed in 1994 could be remounted and "reimagined" 21 years later. For a full schedule for SF Music Day click here.