Jazz Pianist and scholar in Asian American Studies and Music, Jon Jang, will perform Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 from 7 pm. to 8 pm in Newman Auditorium of the Santa Rosa Campus at SRJC.
The performance will include an eclectic array of pieces ranging from Duke Ellington, the Shaoxing Opera, Joni Mitchell, and his own compositions.
Jon Jang has given musical voice to a silent history. The majority of his works represent a chronology of Chinese-American history. He has composed numerous works paying tribute to the many individuals who contributed to this history. His works have been commissioned by the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Huntington Theatre in Boston and others.
Jang has recorded with artists including Max Roach, James Newton and David Murray. His ensembles have toured concert halls in China, Europe, Canada, the United States and South Africa.
The New York Times calls Jang "a resourceful composer" whose performance can "merge the sound of Asia with the sound of America, in this case the sound of jazz." Jang has won numerous awards including the History-Makers Award from the Chinese Historical Society of America (2013); the Martin Luther King Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professor recognition (2012) from the University of Michigan; Mid-Career Visionary Artist Award (2006) from the Ford Foundation and is the first Conservatory alumnus to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award (2001) from Oberlin College.
Parking permits are necessary in SRJC lots. Daily permits are available for $4 from machines in each lot. The machines take dollar bills or quarters.
As a scholar in Asian American Studies and Music, Jang has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine. He has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and been awarded numerous grants to compose various pieces of music. Please join us for a day of multi-faceted experiences with this engaging artist and lecturer.