Traditions in Transformation: The Musical Language of Jon Jang

Thursday, January 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Room 1440

Part of the Jon Jang Residency at UCLA

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Free and open to the public.


(310) 825-5947


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Composer-improviser Jon Jang will talk about exploring heterogeneity in music through the creation of his works that are a hybrid of Chinese folk songs, black music, and European classical music.

Composer-pianist Jon Jang’s epic works include: The Chinese American Symphony; Tiananmen!; Reparations Now! Concerto for Taiko; and co-composed with James Newton, When Sorrow Turns to Joy, a work that pays tribute to Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang. Jang’s history of collaboration ranges from Max Roach to the Kronos Quartet.

Jang has presented lectures “The Sounds of Struggle: Music from the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s to the Asian American Movement of the 1980s” and “One Day American, One Day Alien: Black and Brown Artists Who Made the National Anthem Their Own” at Columbia University and other colleges nationally.

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