Arlene Biala and John-Carlos Perea at SFSU April 20

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


 John-Carlos Perea (Photo by Robbie Sweeny)


Arlene Biala


Arlene Biala: poet

Jimmy Biala: percussion

Eddie Madril: dancer

John-Carlos Perea: electric bass, Native American flute, and voice

Francis Wong: saxophone


Her Beckoning Hands/Creation Story will feature the recently published creative works of poet Arlene Biala and multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea presented in a collaborative performance. Her Beckoning Hands by Arlene Biala is a collection of poems as prayer flags, offerings across the ocean, earth, and sky. Biala's poems respond to family members, ancestors, spirits, deities, and beings whose voices have called out to her, and whose stories are of daily blessings, suffering, joy, and longing. Creation Story is a sonic journey through the many musical and cultural influences that have created John-Carlos Perea’s path as an urban American Indian creative musician.


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!

April 20, 2015 at 1:10pm - 2pm
Knuth Hall SFSU Creative Arts Building
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States
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