Acoustic World Music Gig, Half Moon Bay

April 17th, 2011 Comments Off on Acoustic World Music Gig, Half Moon Bay

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 .

Japan Earthquake Relief Concert at ODC, San Francisco

April 9th, 2011 Comments Off on Japan Earthquake Relief Concert at ODC, San Francisco

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​.amiepen​well​.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.

Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland

March 11th, 2011 Comments Off on Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland

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.

Houston Grand Opera HGOco — World Premiere “Courtside”

February 4th, 2011 Comments Off on Houston Grand Opera HGOco — World Premiere “Courtside”

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

San Francisco Symphony AIM Program

January 10th, 2011 Comments Off on San Francisco Symphony AIM Program

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.

Old First Church, San Francisco

November 5th, 2010 Comments Off on Old First Church, San Francisco

Shanghai Stories” — per­for­mance with Melody of China, composer and Saxophonist Francis Wong and special guests, featuring explo­rations of jazz with Chinese tra­di­tional instru­ments at Old First Church. 1751 Sacramento St. San Francisco. 8pm. Friday. November. 5th. 2010.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

July 10th, 2010 Comments Off on Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Performed with SF based Bridge Chamber Virtousoi for the “Shanghai Trilogy” (Violin, Viola, Cello, Pipa, Percussion, Electronic Music & Multimedia), composed by Joan Huang at Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA.

Berkeley Church

June 26th, 2010 Comments Off on Berkeley Church

Performed with Zhiyin Chorus Annual Concert “The Grand River Rushes East”, presented the elite works of Chinese poetry, Chinese classical music at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA.

Gala Ceremony in Shanghai, China

June 19th, 2010 Comments Off on Gala Ceremony in Shanghai, China

2010 is the 30 Anniversary Sister city between San Francisco and Shanghai, this world premiere “Shanghai Trilogy” (Violin, Viola, Cello, Pipa, Percussion, Electronic Music and Multimedia) is a com­mis­sion from SF-​​SH committee, composed by Joan Huang, performed with SF based “Bridge Chamber Virtuoso” in Shanghai, China.

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K2/​Lifeline Play

October 29th, 2009 Comments Off on K2/​Lifeline Play

A premiere pro­duc­tion performed at Los Gatos High School Performing Arts Department, produced and directed by Steven Wong, music com­po­si­tion by Jim Francisco. It’s a prelude for Pipa, Cello and Percussion.

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