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Francis Wong Unit at Cameron House Carnival

Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Donaldina Cameron House Lower Yard in San Francisco, CA

 

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Photo of Francis Wong by Leon Sun

Led by saxophonist Francis Wong the ensemble performs a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements from a diversity of traditions at this annual celebration of one of Chinatown’s beloved social service and cultural institutions.


Double Victory Project

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Fort Point National Historic Site in San Francisco, CA

The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in association with Asian Improv aRts, Lenora Lee Dance, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and the Chinese Historical Society of America invite you to:

A performing arts tribute to the contributions of Asian American communities to the historic vision of victory over both fascism and racism in World War II. 
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Photo Credit: Fort Point, by Robbie Sweeney

 

Featuring the Francis Wong Unit (music) and Lenora Lee Dance, with special guests Kei Lun Martial Arts, and Okinawan music and lion dance by Wesley Ueunten and ensemble. Special out of town guests: William Roper (Los Angeles) on Tuba, Michael Jamanis on violin (from Lancaster, PA) and Amanda Kemp (Sunday only) with spoken word (also from Lancaster) Remarks by historian Connie Young Yu and SFSU Asian American Studies Professor Wesley Ueunten and other guests to follow Saturday’s performance. 

1 pm–2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2016

Fort Point

999 Marine Dr, SF 94129

Under Golden Gate Bridge entrance

Admission Free

Also...

Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in CBI

A special educational mini-installation exploring Chinese American participation in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater of World War II.

On view May 6–June 30, 2016 at Fort Point

Hours: Friday–Sunday 10am–5pm, Thursday–Tuesday 10am–5pm starting end of May.

Admission Free

This project was made possible with financial support from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Wildflowers Institute.

 


The Jon Jang Ensemble

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:00 PM

San Francisco International Arts Festival, Asian Pacific Island Cultural Center, Jon Jang Performances, and Asian Improv aRts Present

 

The Jon Jang Ensemble

In honor of themes #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, the Jon Jang Quintet with guest artist Amanda Kemp will be performing works that pay homage to the Black Liberation Movement. The ensemble features Amanda Kemp, poet performer; Howard Wiley, multiple percussion; Gary Brown, double bass; Hitomi Oba, tenor saxophone; Nick Nick DePinna, trombone; and composer-ensemble leader Jon Jang on piano.

Tickets: general admission $20 advance, $25 door. Reserved seating $25 advance $30 door. Front row reserved seating $30 advance $35 door. Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission.

Bios:

 

Dr. Amanda Kemp (playwright, poet performer), Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, is "on a mission to heal the planet."  A playwright and Pennsylvania Commonwealth Lecturer on poet Phillis Wheatley, Dr. Kemp’s unique blend of performance and lecture have been sought by schools and colleges throughout the U.S.  She earned a B.A. and Phd from Stanford and Northwestern Universities, respectively. She is currently touring a performance project "Inspira:  The Power of the Spiritual," her film “To Cross an Ocean Four Centuries Long,” and "Say Her Name: A Tribute to Black Women."  

 

Jon Jang (composer, pianist) became the first Chinese American to compose a symphonic work, The Chinese American Symphony that honors Chinese American history.  Jang and James Newton composed When Sorrow Turns to Joy – Songlines: The Spiritual Tributary of Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang and has recorded with Newton, as well as with David Murray and Max Roach. Jang toured with Max Roach in United States and Europe including the Royal Festival Hall in London.  Jang has taught at Stanford University and was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professor recognition at the University of Michigan.

 

Howard Wiley (multiple percussion), who is a multi-instrumentalist and also tenor saxophone performer, has produced three significant recordings as a leader: Twenty First Century Negro, 12 Gates to the City and the Angola Project, which was inspired byspirituals and slave chants from Louisiana’s Angola Prison, that also featured the great David Murray. Wiley has also worked extensively with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra and currently tours with Lavay Smith & the Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Gary Brown (double bass) has recorded and performed with such notable artist as Flora Purim & Airto, Steve Winwood, George Duke, Santana, Lyle Mays, Azar Lawrence , Narada Michael Walden, Gregg Rolie, Dianne Reeves, Roy Ayres, Ernie Watts, Jeff Beck, Torninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Phararoh Sanders, Eddie Henderson Andy Narrell, Pete and Sheila (Sheila E.) Escovedo, Bernie Worell,  and Patrice Rushen. Brown is currently in ensembles with Gregg Rolie , Akira Tana, Babtunde Lea, Narada Michael Walden and the Rebeca Mauleon Group

Hitomi Oba (tenor saxophone) was raised in Berkeley, California. Hitomi completedher MA at the University of California Los Angeles in Music Composition after receiving her BA in Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies. Recent projects include her small ensembles, sixteen‐piece jazz orchestra, Jazz Nexus, electro‐acoustic pop duo, Nova, and the jazz opera, “STRANGE FELLOWE”.  Her second jazz album, “Negai”, released under Japanese label M&I received a prestigious “Swing Journal 42nd Annual Jazz Disc Award.” Hitomi is one of the co-founders of the new music collective, LA Signal Lab. Hitomi  teaches music theory at UCLA, integrating classical, jazz,  popular music and world musical genres.

Nick DePinna (trombone) was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nick completed his M.A. at UCLA in Music Composition. He has performed with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gerald Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws and Wayne Shorter. Recent projects include his small ensembles in collaboration with Hitomi Oba, as well as their sixteen‐piece jazz orchestra, Jazz Nexus, electro‐acoustic pop duo, Nova, and the jazz opera, Strange Fellowe. Nick is one of the co-founders of the new music collective, LA Signal Lab, comprised of fellow composer-performers with backgrounds in both jazz and classical music traditions. As a composer, Nick has been a part of The Kennedy Center Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Young Composers Program, as well as the SFJAZZ Young Composers Collective


Double Victory May 22 Performance

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Fort Point Historic Site in San Francisco, CA

The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in association with Asian Improv aRts, Lenora Lee Dance, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and the Chinese Historical Society of America invite you to:

A performing arts tribute to the contributions of Asian American communities to the historic vision of victory over both fascism and racism in World War II. 
20150321-DSC_3019.jpg

Photo Credit: Fort Point, by Robbie Sweeney

 

Featuring the Francis Wong Unit (music) and Lenora Lee Dance, with special guests Kei Lun Martial Arts, and Okinawan music and lion dance by Wesley Ueunten and ensemble. Special out of town guests: William Roper (Los Angeles) on Tuba, Michael Jamanis on violin (from Lancaster, PA) and Amanda Kemp (Sunday only) with spoken word (also from Lancaster) Remarks by historian Connie Young Yu and SFSU Asian American Studies Professor Wesley Ueunten and other guests to follow Saturday’s performance. 

1 pm–2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2016

Fort Point

999 Marine Dr, SF 94129

Under Golden Gate Bridge entrance

Admission Free

Also...

Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in CBI

A special educational mini-installation exploring Chinese American participation in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater of World War II.

On view May 6–June 30, 2016 at Fort Point

Hours: Friday–Sunday 10am–5pm, Thursday–Tuesday 10am–5pm starting end of May.

Admission Free

This project was made possible with financial support from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Wildflowers Institute.


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