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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     


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