With the talented Bridge Chamber Viotuoso, I was honored to be asked to perform “Ning”, a Trio for Violin (Wei He/SF Conservatory of Music), Cello (Amos Yang/SF Symphony) and Pipa, composed by Chen Yi, as part of Chamber Music Day at de Young Museum, Oct. 16.2011.
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With Canadian Mike Kostowsyj on amazing 55 strings bandura, I played Pipa, a solo and improvising duet live music at Half Moon Bay Wine Bar down Pillar Point harbor at Sep.25, 2011.
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World music combination gig, an acoustic round robin with Mike Kostowsyj on amazing 55 string ukraine bandura solo, Mark Kostrzewa on guitar solo, and my pipa solo, also including pipa+ guitar original composition duet, pipa + Bandura original composition duet, at Harbor village, wine bar, Half Moon Bay. April 17. 2011 .
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With House of Straw again, I played a benefit concert for victims of the Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami. 100% of profits goes to benefit charities helping in the relief effort. Joining for the show were the astonishingly gifted vocalist Amie Penwell (http://www.amiepenwell.net/), award winning saxophonist Hitomi Oba (http://www.hitomioba.com/), and violinist Michelle Maruyama (Symphony Silicon Valley),
A recipient of the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composers Award Jack Perla — piano, as well as longtime collaborators and musical mind-readers David Arend — bass and Ricky Carter — drums, at ODC Dance Commons, San Francisco, April. 9th. 2011.
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It was my first time joined Jack Perla’s Jazz group “House of Straw” performance at Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland, CA. March, 11. 2011. Jack Perla — piano, David Arend — bass, Ricky Carter — drums, Thomas Glenn - San Francisco Opera tenor, Jazz Cellist — Sam Bass.
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The first one act chamber opera in the East + West series, Courtside, was composed by Jack Perla with a libretto by Eugenie Chan, as announcing the launch of Song of Houston: East + West, a series of new operas that celebrate Houston as a meeting place for Eastern and Western cultures. The Pipa that I play, not only as a symbol of bridge between the two different culture, but also the fifth character in this show. Performance will be on February 5, 2011, Chinese Community Center, Houston. Following week will have a series of school program around Houston area.
Courtside tells the story of three generations of Chinese Americans who must find ways to reconcile differences in order to live with pride in contemporary America, while maintaining tradition.
“Opera That Bridges the Divide” – The Wall Street Journal
“The Yao Ming Opera” – Culturemap, Houston
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From January through May 2011, collaborating with Melody of China, will partner with the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program (AIM) in giving performances in San Francisco and bay area schools letting students experience the wonders of Chinese traditional and Western instruments.