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Talking Story: A Roundtable Discussion on Text, Music, and Narrative

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Room CA 152 Creative Arts Building in San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim

Presented by Asian Improv aRts, the Sound and Social Justice Commons, and San Francisco State University Creative Music Studies

In conversation:

Lewis Jordan

Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim

John-Carlos Perea

Hafez Modirzadeh

Francis Wong

 

This event is part of

 

ImprovisAsians! 2015: The People’s Stories

An Exploration of Text, Music, and Movement in the pursuit of narrative

April 20 -  24, 2015

San Francisco State University

Creative Arts Building

1600 Holloway Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94132

 

ImprovisAsians! is an annual series of performances and workshops at San Francisco State University exploring the connection between the performing arts and community-building. ImprovisAsians! 2015 is presented by Asian Improv aRts in association with, the Sound and Social Justice Commons, and SF State University Creative Music Studies. All events are free and open to the public!

 


Dr. Hafez Modirzadeh SF State Creative Art Ensemble with guest, Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim (story)

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 01:10 PM

Presented by Asian Improv aRts, the Sound and Social Justice Commons, and San Francisco State University Creative Music Studies

 

 Francis Wong (left) and Hafez Modirzadeh (right) - Photo by Andy Nozaka

 

Dr. Hafez Modirzadeh

SF State Creative Art Ensemble

with guest, Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim (story):

 

 

Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim

 

Hafez Modirzadeh (Director) - saxophone

Pezhham Akhavass (Assistant Director) - Indian tabla, Persian Oud, tombak, daf

Shura Taylor (Assistant Director) - Chinese guzheng

Spenser Steinman - accordion

Julian Hayes - piano

Alex Farrell - bass

Pietro D'Amato and Lilian Wu - drums

Nicholas de Anda - saxophone

Francis Wong - saxophone

Susanna Shidlovsky - vocals

 

Program:

 

1. Step Suite (from J. Coltrane's Giant Steps)

2. Purple Bamboo (trad. Jiangnan Sizhu)

3. Legacy of Voices (Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim)

 

The SF State Creative Art Ensemble (previously Creative World Ensemble) is an intercultural group of students who compose and perform original music, often times in collaboration with other artistic disciplines. This program's guest is Jennifer Nori Ahlgrim, a Waldorf educator of Laguna Pueblo, Okanagan and Navajo ancestry. She worked closely with Babatunde Olatunji the last years of his life, and is now in the process of finishing a book on her own ancestral story, which includes the inspiring life of her mother, Dolores, the only daughter (adopted) of legendary mid-20th century Cherokee educator/activist, Ruth Muskrat Bronson (1897-1981).

 

Admission is Free!

 

This event is part of

 

ImprovisAsians! 2015: The People’s Stories

An Exploration of Text, Music, and Movement in the pursuit of narrative

April 20 -  24, 2015

San Francisco State University

Creative Arts Building

1600 Holloway Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94132

 

ImprovisAsians! is an annual series of performances and workshops at San Francisco State University exploring the connection between the performing arts and community-building. ImprovisAsians! 2015 is presented by Asian Improv aRts in association with, the Sound and Social Justice Commons, and SF State University Creative Music Studies. All events are free and open to the public!


Francis Wong & Tatsu Aoki with Lenora Lee - Wong Wei’s Gamble (World Premiere)

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 07:00 PM

(Photo by Leon Sun)

Wong Wei’s Gamble is a new four movement musical work by Francis Wong that will feature the composer, shamisen performer Tatsu Aoki, dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, bassist John-Carlos Perea, guitarist Karl Evangelista, Yangqin (hammered dulcimer) performer Yangqin Zhao, drums and gong performer Karen Stackpole, trapset drummer Deszon X. Claiborne. WWG will memorialize the story of Wong Wei, the composer’s grandfather, a professional jockey and business manager who dared to open up the International Racecourse of Tianjin in northern China during the Japanese occupation of World War II - the once active course had been closed by the occupiers - as a means to provide employment and entertainment for the city during this dark period. In a move that risked being labeled a “collaborator”.

Presented by San Francisco International Arts Festival, Asian Pacific Island Cultural Center and Asian Improv aRts 

Tickets: $15-$30 General Admission and Reserved Seating

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About Francis Wong

Few musicians are as accomplished as Francis Wong (musical director / composer), considered one of "the great saxophonists of his generation" by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood. A prolific recording artist, Wong is featured on more than forty titles as a leader and sideman. For over two decades he has performed his innovative brand of jazz and creative music for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim, William Roper, Bobby Bradford, James Newton, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye and the late Glenn Horiuchi, John Tchicai, and Fred Anderson.


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