Melody of China to perform at Yoshi's Oakland Tues 11/11

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:

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Profile: Queen Crescent - to perform at Chinatown Music Festival 2014

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."

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Save the date! 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm: The 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival is presented by the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, with community partners Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinese Progressive Association.  The days activities will be held at Portsmouth Square on Kearny Street between Washington Street and Clay Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Admission is free.

Honorary Event Chairs: Supervisors David Chiu, Eric Mar, and Norman Yee.

Under the theme “Without Walls”, the all day music festival will present “Toisan Railway”, a newly commissioned music by the San Francisco Arts Commission by composer/pianist Jon Jang, the sounds of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, the rhythm and blues of “Chinatown’s Soul Band” Jest Jammin’, Queen Crescent — a psychedelic rock four-piece based from the SF/Bay Area, and CPA’s Youth Mojo.  Also featured will be crafts, games, a film screening of Shaolin Soccer at 2pm, and a new exhibit sharing the installation work of Summer Mei-Ling Lee in CCC’s gallery entitled “Into the Nearness of Distance”.

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Join us for Japan Week 2014: July 7 - 13

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:

Featured events:

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


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Asian Improv's Francis Wong to perform at Soy and Tofu Festival

Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco, California

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:

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Francis Wong Saluted by @abc7newsbayarea!

I am so honored by ABC7 Community Affairs saluting me on their Instagram page! 

Photos courtesy of Robbie Sweeny & Andy Nozaka.

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Francis Wong Unit to perform at 2014 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

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.

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The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories May 8-9 in NY with Lenora Lee Dance

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University and Asia Society present

By Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, San Mateo Dojo

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 · FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 · 8pm
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue

General Admission & Asia Society members:
A/P/A Institute members:

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...

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Francis Wong Unit at Joice Street Celebration/Cameron Carnival May 3

The Francis Wong Unit featuring Wong, Karen Stackpole, John-Carlos Perea, and guest Yangqin Zhao will perform 3 - 3:30 pm and 4 - 4:30 pm on Saturday May 3 in Joice Alley between Clay and Sacramento around the corner from the CHSA Museum at 965 Clay St. as part of festivities including dragon dancing, dumpling making, line dancing, and games that day to kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014 in San Francisco Chinatown. Read on...

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In Memoriam: Herb Wong

Herb Wong, jazz journalist, disc jockey, educator, producer, and overall champion for the music, passed away Sunday April 20, 2014 at the age of 88. He had a profound impact on generations of musicians and jazz enthusiasts and will be missed dearly. Read on...

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