Please consider making a gift to Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual, A 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."
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
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
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."
A cultural festival featuring performances, workshops, and lecture/demonstrations in San Francisco Japantown!
Presented by Genryu Arts and Japan Center Malls in conjunction with Asian Improv aRts, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Nihonmachi Little Friends, Japantown Merchants
For info & the full schedule: http://www.genryuarts.org/
SHADOW TO SHADOW - Saturday, July 12
A new interdisciplinary work by Melody Takata with Chizuru Kineya, Tatsu Aoki, and Francis Wong
JAPAN DAY! - Sunday, July 13
A day of exhilirating performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area
Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Saxophonist Francis Wong will be joined by sanshin perfomer Wesley Ueunten, vocalist Julie Beal, taiko performers Melody Takata and Veronica Sese at this fun annual event in San Francisco Japantown. For more info visit:
I am so honored by ABC7 Community Affairs saluting me on their Instagram page!
The Francis Wong Unit featuring Wong on saxophone, Karl Evangelista, guitar, John-Carlos Perea, bass, Karen Stackpole, drums, and guest Melody Takata, will perform at 1 pm on Saturday May 17 at the 2014 Asian Heritage Street Celebration. Admission Free. Click here for details.
The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University and Asia Society present
THE ESCAPE AND RESCUED MEMORIES: NEW YORK STORIES
By Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, San Mateo Dojo
THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 · FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 · 8pm
725 Park Avenue
General Admission & Asia Society members: asiasociety.org/new-york/events/upcoming
A/P/A Institute members: www.apa.nyu.edu/events
Directed by A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar LENORA LEE, the interdisciplinary performance works The Escape & Rescued Memories: New York Stories are engaging and heartfelt pieces in which dance, martial arts, film, text and music collide in a visual and aural landscape, a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. Performed by an Asian American cast of 10 dancers and martial artists from San Francisco and New York City, these works utilize the interplay between live performance and film. Read on... http://www.lenoraleedance.com/2014/03/new-york-premiere-may-8-9-2014-at-asia-society/