Wong Works! A Memoir in Music
Date(s) & Time(s): Sat, Jun 10, 7:15 PM
Duration: 60 mins w/out intermission
Location: 2781 24th St, SF, CA, 94110
Venue: BRAVA Cabaret
Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28
Audience members and participants are encouraged to wear a mask to protect against COVID-19. We ask people who have a temperature or feel unwell to not attend.
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Production DetailsWong Works! A Memoir in Music
"Wong Works! A memoir in music" will feature original compositions framed by personal reflections on family and cultural legacy, his life in music, and experiences in the struggle for peace and justice in our world. Wong will be joined by Karl Evangelista, guitar, Scott Oshiro, flute and electronics and Jordan Glenn, drums. Katie Quan of realsoul.us will give opening remarks. There will be an onstage conversation with the artists following this performance facilitated by community activist Eric Mar.
There will be an onstage conversation with the artists following this performance.Francis Wong
I have been blessed to have an artistic career full of accomplishment and positive notice, including being considered one of "the great saxophonists of his generation" by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood. My work is well-documented on recordings, as I am featured on more than forty titles as a leader and sideman. For nearly four decades I have performed my own innovative brand of jazz and creative music for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim, Lenora Lee, Melody Takata, Karl Evangelista, Miya Masaoka, Vijay Iyer, Jen Shyu, William Roper, Bobby Bradford, Ed Wilkerson, Jr., Mwata Bowden, James Newton, Don Moye, Glenn Horiuchi, John Tchicai, Fred Anderson, Ari Brown, Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, and Joseph Jarman. But my career as a musician/composer is inextricable from my cultural and collaborative work and activism throughout the United States, particularly the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Lancaster, PA. My artistic explorations are rooted, both directly and indirectly, in my work as a mentor for youth and emerging artists, artistic director, community activist, music producer, and academic lecturer. A critical vehicle for my work is Asian Improv aRts, the organization I co-founded in 1987, which has been widely recognized for its role in creating a distinctive Asian American space in creative music. My honors and awards include commissioning grants for music and for music and theater from the NEA; San Francisco Art Commission; California Arts Council Artist in Residence; and Meet The Composer (New Music USA) New Resident, and the Creative Work Fund (Walter and Elise Haas Fund and Hewlett Foundation), and the National Parks Service. I have been recognized with a Ford Foundation Mid-Career Visionary Artist Award; and as a “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association. In addition, I was a Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellow, and have served as a Senior Fellow at the Wildflowers Institute since 1999. I choose for my work to build community and to seek out how I, as an artist, can meet the challenges that our community faces. In the Asian American community, the biggest challenge is continuity of culture and the impact of assimilation. Through music, I envision a way to create continuity through the integration of tradition and innovation.