Francis Wong Unit performing May 2 at Joice Alley Celebration and Cameron Carnival

From Francis Wong, "I am pleased to participate in the annual Joice Alley Celebration and Cameron Carnival this Saturday May 2 in San Francisco Chinatown in Joice Alley between Sacramento and Clay Streets. I will be joining a lot of great artists associated with the community there: Singer/Songwriter Charlie Chin, Corey Chan and Kei Lun Martial Arts, dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, and of course my ensemble the Francis Wong Unit with special guest Okinawan singer Wesley Ueunten featuring Karl Evangelista (guitar) Karen Stackpole (gongs and trapset drums). Lenora will also be joining us. My group will perform sets at 1 pm and 2 pm." Click here for the details.

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It's Spring 2015!

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ImprovisAsians 2015: The People's Stories Monday April 20 - Friday April 24

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

Join us in supporting Genryu Arts Indiegogo campaign! Click here for details.

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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

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. 
  • 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 (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

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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


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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


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

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Asian Improv aRts
Founded in 1987, Asian Improv aRts’ (AIR) mission is to produce, present and document artistic works that represent the Asian American experience.