The Year of the Horse is in full stride! Had really nice performances at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum last Saturday with the Dragon Dance by Kei Lun Martial Arts, today with Yangqin Zhao at Chinese Progressive Association's New Year celebration and the reception for the 2014 Day of Remembrance at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California with Wesley Ueunten rendering hole hole bushi work songs from Hawai'i. This past week went to Chicago to work on a recording project with Melody Takata and Tatsu Aoki and last week was on a panel with Lenora Lee and Eric Koziol at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts! Two weeks ago worked with dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee in directing Cameron House youth in an interdisciplinary work as part of their Visual and Performing Arts Festival. Stay tuned for Asian Improv Arts's ImprovisAsians 2014! March 3 - 7 at San Francisco State University and Lenora Lee's The Making of The Escape and Rescued Memories: NY Stories at CHSA March 8. Whoa! Another productive year is under way.
Join IDA for an artist talk with acclaimed Bay Area artists: dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, musician/composer Francis Wong, and videographer Eric Koziol. Having recently collaborated on Rescued Memories: NY Stories, a multidisciplinary work which was recently presented at the de Young Museum, the artists will discuss their interdisciplinary collaborative process and both the benefits and challenges of incorporating digital technologies and new media into the performing arts.
I want to thank everyone for your interest in my work and activities this past year! It was a very busy and productive year. I am especially proud of the premiere of my Miyoshi Sketches premiering at the de Young Museum back in May, the remount of my Diaspora Tale #2: 1969 at the Berkeley Art Museum in September, and the November premiere of Lenora Lee's The Escape and Rescued Memories: NY Stories at the de Young for which I produced the soundscore with Tatsu Aoki, Min Xiao-Fen and Jonathan Chen. Plenty of really wonderful moments as well performing with collaborators Jon Jang (Chinatown Music Festival in August), Yangqin Zhao (Melody of China's 20th Anniversary Concert on November 24) and Karl Evangelista (Taglish at APAture 2013). November was capped off with a trip to Poznan, Poland to pay tribute to arts organizer Wojtek Juszczak as part of the Made in Chicago Festival in an ensemble led by Chicago luminaries Mwata Bowden and Tatsu Aoki. This also was the occasion for the release of my second trio CD recorded in Poland featuring Tatsu and NY based drummer Chad Taylor entitled Wojtek Trio, also a tribute to Wojtek. Thanks again for all of your support!
I am excited to be a guest artist in Melody of China's upcoming concert at Old First Church on November 24 at 4 pm! Joining me as guest collaborators with this leading San Francisco Chinese instrumental music ensemble under the direction of Yangqin Zhao will be Jon Jang, Marcus Shelby and Deszon Claiborne. Click here for more details.
Last weekend was a blast! Lenora Lee's The Escape/Rescued Memories drew capacity audiences and there was a whole lot of folks in de Young Museum's Wilsey Court hearing my Trio SF ensemble. Playing with Tatsu Aoki and Deszon Claiborne was an incredible creative journey!
I am honored to be music director for Lenora Lee Dance's upcoming works The Escape and Rescued Memories! This will be her most ambitious work yet, which has been graced by the contributions of dozens of performers, designers, and community members from the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago, making the project truly national in scope! In our presentations today in Wesley Ueunten's classes at San Francisco State University today it was really exciting to see the footage that was shot in NY Chinatown with the music the ensemble recorded at NY's Asia Society.
"Rescued Memories: New York Stories" video shoot clips
I hope you can join us for one of the performances and share in the inspiration, excitement, and fun!
Thank you to all of you who joined us at Karl Evangelista's performance as part of APAture 13 Music Night. It was an invigorating and inspiring night! Next up please come check out my new trio with bassist Tatsu Aoki blowing in from Chicago and drummer Deszon Claiborne. We will be performing a free concert at the de Young as part of their Friday Night Encounters on November 8 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Click here for details.
Posted by Francis Wong · October 22, 2013 9:48 AM
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This is from Karl's website describing Taglish, which will be performed October 25 at APAture '13...
Taglish is a new work from Bay Area guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista and art rock outfit Grex--an album of original Filipino-American music that is staggering in scope and strangeness.
Inspired by Evangelista's family experiences, Taglish is an exploration of the multifaceted nature of both contemporary music and 21st century immigrant culture. The project synthesizes jazz, American song, 20th century experimentalism, and Filipino folk melody into a sound that is at once universal and starkly personal. Centered around Evangelista's duo Grex and featuring trailblazing saxophonist/Asian Improv aRts cofounder Francis Wong, renowned electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea, and Bay Area drumming dynamo Jordan Glenn, Taglish is a genuinely multicultural, trans-idiomatic work.
Posted by Francis Wong · October 20, 2013 9:54 PM
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I am pleased and honored to be a part of Karl's ensemble Friday evening at APAture '13, October 25 at SUB-Mission. Karl is quickly establishing his distinct voice as a guitarist, composer, and bandleader making substantial works featuring a talented circle of collaborators. Kearny Street Workshop, which launched APAture as a window into the work of emerging API artists, is to be commended for its continuing commitment to presenting this work! Click here for more details!
Posted by Francis Wong · October 15, 2013 11:13 PM
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Greetings! I am happy to be back with my new website. I am in the process of revamping the site using a new platform. Much gratitude for your patience as well as your interest in what I am doing! The next few weeks will be quite busy with performances with Karl Evangelista October 25, my own Trio SF featuring Tatsu Aoki, bass, and Deszon Claiborne, drums, at the de Young Museum November 8, and the premiere of Lenora Lee's The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories at the de Young November 8-9. I had the pleasure and honor of working with two great ensembles to create the recorded score for Lenora's new works. Please check out my Calendar to get the info on these events!