Soh Daiko (11am)
Established 1979, Soh Daiko is the first taiko drumming group on the East Coast, under the guidance of the New York Buddhist Church. The group has steadily increased its varied repertoire to include traditional compositions from Shinto music tradition, adapting existing taiko compositions, and original arrangements by its own members. To promote and propagate an understanding and love for taiko music, Soh Daiko has participated in many local cultural festivities such as Brooklyn Botanic Gardens’ Cherry Blossom Festival, Smithsonian’s Folk Life Festival, The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival, Japan Day Festival in Central Park, and Summerstage.
Nan-Cheng Chen & New Asia Chamber Music Society (11:30am)
Hailed by New York Concert Reviews as “an impressively organized and professional group… comprised of many young and gifted players”, the New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS), led by Executive Director Nan-Cheng Chen, was founded in 2010 by an entrepreneurial group of young Asian-American virtuosi. Propelled by a shared passion for classical chamber music performance, the members of NACMS are prize winners of world renowned international competitions, graduates from America’s most prestigious music schools, including The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, and appear regularly on major stages across the globe. Based in New York City, NACMS is committed to bringing audiences exciting chamber music performances of the highest caliber and innovation.
NY Chinese Cultural Center (12:30pm)
NYCCC is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global and local communities. The Center offers professional classes, workshops, and performances while nurturing creative and innovative new works that reflect the rich cultural heritages and diverse communities of today.
Slanty Eyed Mama (1pm)
Spearheading a movement to bring a new brand of pop culture to the mainstream, Slanty Eyed Mama combines a hip urban sound with lyrics and rhymes that reflect America from Generasian-Next through the searing electric violin and beats of virtuoso Lyris Hung and the iconoclastic rants from Kate Rigg, aka. Lady K-Sian. Kate is a Juilliard trained actor/playwright and well-known comedian, who has been on Fox's Family Guy, 2 seasons of the Dr. Phil show where she talked about the Asian American Experience to 5 million people, and has toured extensively as a stand-up comic. Lyris is also a Juilliard graduate who also has a metal band called HUNG, tours with The Indigo Girls and has played with Jay Z, Bono, Quincy Jones, and many others.
gamin is a New York-based multi-dimensional artist performing across the genres of traditional Korean music, theater, collaborative projects, cross-cultural performances. gamin has participated in many festivals and workshops, including ISIM (International Society of Improvised Music), Vision Festival, Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop, etc, and performed at Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Carnegie Hall and New York Fashion Week, etc.
Alex Dong Tai Chi (2pm)
Master Alex Dong is a fourth generation Taijiquan Master of the Dong (Tung) family. He started his formal training with his father, Grand Master Dong Zeng Chen at the age of five in Hebei Province, the heart of martial arts in China. In 1983, at the age of twelve, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he continued his training with his father and also studied with his grandfather, Grand Master Dong Hu Ling. In 1991, Master Dong was awarded the US National Tai Chi Chuan championship in moving push hands and the Best Martial Spirit Title for all competitors while representing the state of Hawaii. Master Dong leads seminars worldwide in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Greece, the Czech Republic and in Asia. He teaches weekly classes in New York City.
Lei Pasifika (2:30pm)
Lei Pasifika is a performance group focused on sharing the music and dances of the Pacific Islands from Tahiti to Hawaii. Since 2008, our mission is to share and cultivate these exotic cultures through dance classes, costume workshops, and heartfelt performances embodying the spirits of the isles, taking you through a magical voyage in time, places, and legends leaving you with a Polynesian wanderlust. The group believes dance is an expression of creativity but also a shared experience among people.
New York Kathak Festival (3pm)
The New York Kathak Festival is a newly formed organization that presents and promotes dancers, scholars, and practitioners of Kathak, a classical dance tracing its origins to India. We produce a festival bringing together established and emerging artists from across the United States and overseas. The New York Kathak Festival is produced by the American Kathak community, inspiring creative exchange between local Kathak artists and diverse New York audiences.
Urvashie Kissoon is a first generation Guyanese-American, born and raised in the diverse neighborhood of Queens, NY, with ancestral roots from India. Urvashie has been learning Kathak under Guru Pandit Satya Narayana Charka since 2003. Urvashie currently works at STV Construction and is part of the team leading the way for the redevelopment of the new and improved LaGuardia Airport.
Henna Khanijou studies under the tutelage of renowned Kathak exponent, Pandit Satya Narayana Charka, at his institute East-West School of Dance since the year 2001. Henna is also a BollyX fitness instructor and teaches regularly through NY and NJ. Henna and Urvashie also teach Kathak under the guidance of her guru around NYC and Long Island, under the East-West School of Dance, at Lotus Music and Dance, and the Young Indian Culture Group. The East-West School of dance was founded in 1981 at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY. Its objective is to help bring about a deeper understanding and harmony between East and West for cultural enrichment and transformation.
MoustacheDance Cat (3:30pm)
MoustacheCat Dance (MCD) was founded in 2015 by Kaoru Ikeda, a Japan immigrant and international dancer, to fight against prejudice through dance. Witnessing that dance can cross cultural and language barriers, Ms. Ikeda founded MCD to expand her voice to wider audiences by inviting them to think about the kind of world we are living in, and how together, we can make it a better place through arts. MCD has presented its works at community colleges, dance festivals, social justice events in the U.S. and Mexico.
MCD’s recent dance project, "Freedom isn’t Free," is inspired by the Japanese American experience during the World War II. The project has been granted funding from Asian Women’s Giving Circle—a donor advised fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women in 2017, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2019.