Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Reunion of ex-"AArt-ists" for David Henry Hwang's GOLDEN CHILD


Director/Producer Andy Lowe reunites with fellow veterans of the Asian American Repertory Theatre(AART); Anne Tran, Kimberly Miller and Jyl Kaneshiro for Chinese Pirate Productions' presentation of GOLDEN CHILD, by David Henry Hwang.  This will be the artists' first collaboration since the former company members left AART during its major re-organization in 2005.  Lowe and his revolving group of artistic colleagues led AART for 10 seasons, leaving behind a legacy of over 35 full stage productions, plus countless staged readings and original play workshops under their creative leadership.  Lowe has since followed up his post AART career with his own Chinese Pirate Productions(CPP), an independent company he founded at the beginning of 2011, and premiered last July with the nationally acclaimed DR. HORRIBLE'S SING ALONG BLOG -LIVE, that Lowe directed, produced and adapted from the Joss Whedon, geek-web-musical masterpiece.  This will be CPP's second full production.

GOLDEN CHILD was the second play to earn playwright DAVID HENRY HWANG a nomination for Best Original Play in 1998, his first being M. BUTTERFLY which won the Tony Award in 1988, and was last produced in San Diego for an AART/Diversionary joint production led by then Executive Director Chuck Zito and then Artistic Director  Lowe.  Former AART Associate Artistic Director Kimberly Miller performed in that 2004 joint production. 

 "Coming back to Hwang's writing reminds me of what I felt was important back in 1996, when I first became involved with AART... The excitement in telling stories of the Asian American experience; stories that aren't often seen on San Diego stages." 

Says Kaneshiro,"This was the core group of people who were indispensable in defining my love of the arts..." Kaneshiro co-founded AART with Lowe back in 1995.  

The two actresses will perform as "Eng Siu-Yong" and "Eng Luan," the First and Second wife of a Chinese Business man in 1918.  Eng Tieng-Bin returns home to China after spending  three years in the Philippines.  He greets his daughter, three wives, and their traditional Confucian home with a new found interest in modern "Occidental" Culture.  Much to his wives' dismay, he has also invited a Christian missionary into their home, who's lessons may allow him to follow his heart, and re-marry his true love, his "third  wife," as his ONLY wife.  
Opening  February 2012 on the tail of many of San Diego's Year of the Dragon Themed Lunar New Year events, GOLDEN CHILD is a story of cultures colliding as personal  wants and needs fuel loyalties and faith.  The play takes the commonly examined cultural clash of "East meets West" and turns it on its head.  Instead of seeing how an Asian cultural sensibility is contained, expressed and adapted within a western setting, we instead see how western influence impacts a family completely immersed within a classical Chinese household in the early 1900's. 
With each character representing a different virtue, be it tradition, ambition, passion, idealism or hope, GOLDEN CHILD examines the politics of conversion at the dawn of an intercultural world.   
"Hwang's theme of struggle between East and West resonates with me..." says Assistant Director Anne Tran. "I deal with it all the time with my own family and community." Tran embodied that struggle in swordplay choreographed by Lowe in the January 2000 production of Hwang's F.O.B. that christened the opening of AART's MMPAC Theatre in South Park San Diego.  "I was with AART for such a long time... Now, to work specifically on an APA play... I'm looking forward to working with people I haven't worked with in a long time... It  will feel like coming home..."   Says Tran, "I'm ready "to get the ol' band back together!"

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Anne Tran Davis (Assistant Director)-  Anne is excited to be working with Chinese Pirate Productions for the first time. She has directed for the Asian American Repertory Theatre (AART), Playwrights Project and the Fritz Blitz.  She has also performed with many local theatre companies, including AART, Page to Stage (La Jolla Playhouse) and 6th@Penn.  Many thanks to Andy for the opportunity and to the cast and crew for their hard work.  Much love to D, L, L and M.

Kym Miller (Eng Siu-Yong/First Wife)- Kym happily returns to Golden Child in the role of First Wife, after having played Second Wife in Asian American Repertory Theatre's staged reading in 2004.  Kym served as Associate Artistic Director for AART (1998-2005), where she directed or acted in over a dozen productions and has appeared at the San Diego Rep (Bandido!), and Lamb's Players Theatre (Boomers, South Pacific, An American Christmas, The Secret Garden) where she is an associate artist.  A graduate of UCSD and the American Conservatory Theater STC, Kym also works in television, film, as a voice actor, and sings with the jazz quartet Party Of 4.

Jyl Kaneshiro (Eng Luan/Second Wife)- Happy, happy, joy, joy! Jyl is back with a fervor that only the stage can bring, the coup de grace, this play allows for a full circle with some of the most talented people she has ever had the pleasure to work with..some of the original members of her old tribe.

Jyl was one of the original founding members of the Asian American Repertory Theatre.  She has most recently performed with Dangerhouse Productions in The Love Suicides at Amijima and has been in past productions for AART, Fritz, Vantage Productions, and the San Diego Black Ensemble, in plays such as as Fool for Love, Wait Until Dark, Curse of the Starving Class, and Beirut to name a few.

Jyl graciously thanks her family and friends for their enduring love and support.  Also a gargantuan THANK YOU to Andy Lowe for the opportunity to perform such a nefarious yet charming character.



"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

~Anais Nin

Andy Lowe (Director / Producer / Pirate)-  Andy was a winner of the California Young Playwrights Contest in 1994, where his play The Cultural Hyphen was praised and endorsed by David Henry Hwang and Edward Albee. In 1995, he Co-founded the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre where he was the company's Producing Artistic Director for ten years ('95-'05) and over thirty-five full stage productions, and countless staged readings.  


In 2001 Andy helped inaugurate San Diego's first Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Festival ('01-'03), and has been an active board member, and participant for various Asian American community organizations including Organization of Chinese Americans, SD Alliance for APIA's, and an event coordinator for the Asian Cultural Festival, and Amp Music Festival.   For his work he has received various honors including two mayoral commendations and was recognized as one of the "Top 30 most influential Asian Americans Under the age of 30" of 2001 (Political Circus Magazine). 
After receiving a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program through the California State Library, Andy, with the Asian Story Theatre, developed Dear Miss Breed(’07) at the Lyceum Theatre, based on the award winning book by Joanne Oppenheim, and has volunteered his time mentoring and directing for UCSD's student driven Asian American Theater Festival.  Andy is currently employed with the La Jolla Playhouse where he serves as the Theatre in Residence Program Coordinator, and continues to independently develop theatrical projects through his own Chinese Pirate Productions brand, including last summer nationally acclaimed production of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which he lovingly directed, produced and adapted (like the true"Fanboy" he is...)

Andy is happy to put another notch next to his personal David Henry Hwang checklist having produced, directed, or performed in M.Butterfly, Bondage, Trying to Find Chinatown and FOB, which incidentally was the first play he memorized at age 6 while being babysat back stage of Pacific Asian Actors Ensemble's1982 production at the old Marquis Public Theatre.

(Directing credits include; Trying to find Chinatown ('98), Cleveland Raining ('99), F.O.B ('01), The Goddess  Of  Flowers ('02),  Fentor ('03), Dear Miss Breed ('07), UCSD AATF 3, 4, 5 ('08-'10), Letters to a Student Revolutionary ('10), This Girl I Used to Know ('10), Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog-LIVE(San Diego)('11).
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

AMP Music Festival- Artist Profiles SOUNDDRUG


SOUNDDRUG
sounddrug are a San Diego/CA based Rock Duo consists of two Japanese music maniacs, Ryota Machida and Aki Takamoto. They've spent almost 8 years developing their style while performing various genres of music in number of ensembles (Jazz/Afro Cuban/Bossa Nova/Electronica etc) and getting their music degrees. sounddrug have compiled the years of their musical experimentation into their self-recorded/produced 1st EP,"Music From Apartment," and started performing live around SD/LA areas to show the world that they have succeeded to develop their very own distinct style of music.

http://www.youtube.com/sounddrug
http://www.snddrg.com/

Download the EP "Music From Apartment" - FREE
http://www.snddrg.com/sounddrug-Music%20from%20Apartment.zip.zip

http://www.youtube.com/ampmusicfestival
http://www.AmpMusicFestival.com
30 Bands
2 Stages
1 Day

September 17th 2011
Jacobs Center @ Market Creek Plaza
in San Diego California
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ http://ampmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, September 3, 2011

AMP Music Festival- Artist Profiles KENNY ENG


Kenny Eng
Kenny is doing his own thing. He made this perfectly clear with the independent release of his debut EP "Self Centered" in June of 2008. He is a strictly independent artist who is practically impossible to categorize. He has two critically acclaimed EPs added to his already impressive resume with another full-length album on the way. He is determining his own career by letting his talent take him where he wants to go. And most importantly, he refuses to be complacent. With his track record, it would be difficult to determine what Kenny will do next but he can be counted on to make it worth your while to pay attention.

http://www.youtube.com/user/kennyengmusic
http://www.kennyeng.com/

http://www.AmpMusicFestival.com
30 Bands
2 Stages
1 Day

September 17th 2011
Jacobs Center @ Market Creek Plaza
in San Diego California
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ http://ampmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We're in the news!!!

We were on NBC San Diego Yesterday! and be sure to check in later this week I gaurantee you some Awesome to Come... in the meantime, heres the latest press Release!

http://tinyurl.com/3jabqvf

West Coast Music Scene
Converging on San Diego for AMP Music Festival

San Diego, CA - In less than 3 weeks, thirty emerging artists, bands and performances will gather for the Amp Music Festival(www.ampmusicfestival.com) on September 17, 11:30-9:00pm at the Jacobs Center for Innovation at Market Creek Plaza (404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114). Hosted by the Asian Business Association, proceeds will fund art and music scholarships for at-risk youth in challenged socioeconomic areas throughout San Diego. The Amp Music Festival is a new all-day, all ages, outdoor concert experience with music from all genres and styles. The event features 2 stages, a beer garden sponsored by Singha Beer, food and interactive media booths.

Respected local artists such as San Diego Music Awards Best Pop Band nominee 321 Stereo and the twice-nominated Jane Lui will rock the stage, with a line-up of local heavy-hitters and trending singer/songwriters.  Attendees will hear emerging artists from around the country ; including The Slants with their Portland, Oregon forged “Chinatown-dance-rock” style and the L.A. based all-girl pop rock band Nylon Pink who notoriously claim their ‘Hello Kitty on Acid’ style.  Members of the line-up represent a new trend in independent artists who are finding their audience through self producing and social networks, such as the Bay Area’s Jennifer Chung, a YouTube star who touts over 138,866 subscribers and 34,681,092 upload views. Indie music fans can learn more about the artists, and see sample videos by visiting the Amp Music Festival website.
The event has an impressive collection of business, community, professional, and social organizations who support the event and its cause, including the producers of Allegiance, a new broadway bound musical set to premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in 2012 (http://www.allegiancemusical.com)  and local Kearny Mesa restaurant Min Sok Chon which will hold a warm-up Karaoke talent contest on September 7th. The winner of the contest will perform on stage at the festival! (Details on how to enter can be found on www.minsokchon.com).  Crowd pleasers “DANakaDAN” Mathews, TV persona Jelynn Rodriguez, and Hula Ramos of Star 94.1 will emcee (Complete list of sponsors  and partners available at www.ampmusicfestival.com/sponsors)

Save the date for Saturday, September 17th from 11:30am to 9pm, doors open at 11a. Follow @ampmusicfest on Twitter for more independent Asian-American music news or on the AMP Music Festival Facebook Page. $20 Tickets are available in advance at www.ampmusicfestival.com, or $30 at the gate.
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AMP Music Festival - One Sheet
Who:                          
Producers -  Silk Road Productions and the Asian Business Association
What:
Inaugural AMP Music Festival
-Beer garden sponsored by Singha Beer for 21+
-Performer Meet & Greet
-Interactive Media Booths
-Food Vendors
-Two Stages of entertainment featuring:

HIP HOP
"thefivefootafunk”
Kero One
Marlon Dane
Rhythm Natives
Shin B
Thaikoon
Toestah
R&B
Dawen w/ Vince Bantasan
Jeff Bernat
Michael Carreon
Jennifer Chung
Abraham Lim
REGGAE
Pacific Noize
RiZen BeingZ
SINGER/SONGWRITER
Jane Lui
Jesse Barrera
Kenny Eng
Lindsey Yung
Sam Kang
Terry Matsuoka
ROCK/ALTERNATIVE
321 Stereo
Feats In Inches
The Inheritance
Misc. Ailments
Mondays Alibi
Nylon Pink
Science Fiction Jazz
The Slants
Sounddrug


When:                       
Saturday September 17th, 2011
Doors Open 11am, performances 11:30am-9pm

Where:                 
The Jacobs Center for Innovation- Market Creek Plaza

How:
$30 tickets @ the Gate ($5 off with valid Student ID)
                                               
Parking Free at the Jacobs Center (Overflow lots available)
Euclid Transit Station (Orange Line) MTS Trolley stop




Sunday, August 28, 2011

AMP Music Festival- Artist Profiles MISC AILMENTS

MISCELLANEOUS AILMENTS
Over the last three years, San Diego's Misc. Ailments has independently released 2 EPs and has earned several acclaims including Skinnie Magazine's Top 100 Bands in which they placed top 5. Their eclectic, yet pop sensible sound, has an explosive and energetic presence that commands the attention of any audience within earshot. Be sure not to miss them!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MiscAilments
https://www.facebook.com/misc.ailments
http://miscailments.bigcartel.com/



http://www.AmpMusicFestival.com

30 Bands
2 Stages
1 Day

September 17th 2011
Jacobs Center @ Market Creek Plaza
in San Diego California
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ http://ampmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AMP Music Festival- Artist Profiles JANE LUI

JANE LUI
Having just made her theatrical stage debut in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog - LIVE(www.IWanttoSingAlong.com), singer/songwriter Jane Lui begins her next world tour with her performance at AMP! Jane is classically trained in piano and voice. Having toured US East & West coasts, Canada, Sydney (AU), London (UK). Her cultural and musical influences have produced a sound that has critics eliciting such names as Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, and Rufus Wainwright. She has opened for performers such as Vienna Teng, Jay Nash, Jim Bianco, Kate Earl, Tom Brousseau and Jason Mraz.
She recently developed a following through YouTube, where she produces music with post-production videos to show her work as an arranger and multi-instrumentalist. In 2009 she was featured as YouTube's Unsigned Pick with over 1.5 Million views. Over $11,600 was raised directly from fans to fund her most recently released album, Goodnight Company, which along with her second album Barkentine, has earned her two San Diego Music Awards nominations for Best Recording in 2008 and 2011.

www.janelui.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/LuieLand

www.AmpMusicFestival.com
30 Bands
2 Stages
1 Day

September 17th 2011
Jacobs Center @ Market Creek Plaza
in San Diego California
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ http://ampmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, August 20, 2011

AMP Music Festival- Artist Profiles TERRY MATSUOKA!


Terry Matsuoka
Whether solo or with his 4-piece band, Terry Matsuoka's live show is an entirely unique experience in itself. In addition to performing his songs with enthusiasm and passion, his shows can sometimes enter the realm of a variety show. He also delivers hip hop spoken word and human beatboxes with remarkable ability. He has shared billing with artists as diverse as Steve Poltz, The Furious Four, Gregory Page, Carol Bui, Vienna Teng, The Far East Movement and Jewel; and events like the San Diego Asian Film Festival, Kollaboration, Street Scene and the San Diego Music Awards Acoustic Festival.

http://www.crunchysandwich.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/terrymatsuoka

www.AmpMusicFestival.com
30 Bands
2 Stages
1 Day

September 17th 2011
Jacobs Center @ Market Creek Plaza
in San Diego California
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ http://ampmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/

Friday, August 19, 2011

Press Release: AMP Music Festival!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Wednesday, August 18, 2011
Queena Deschene, Marketing Director     
619- 630-7086                                        
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MP.louder@gmail.com  
                        
Andy Lowe, Associate Producer
619-559-4277
alowe.AMP@Gmail.com

AMP Music Festival Features 30 Emerging Artists in
All-Day Concert to Fund Music Scholarships

Rising artists in Asian American entertainment coming to San Diego event September 17

SAN DIEGO, CA - The AMP Music Festival is a new all-day, outdoor, multi genre concert event on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Market Creek Plaza. With a 3,000-person capacity, the venue will feature contemporary independent artists performing live from 12pm to 9pm on two stages.

AMP Music Festival is the first major music event in San Diego focusing on Asian American musicians, with music in all genres, styles and scenes. The festival promotes independent and undiscovered talent in this growing population, while raising money for scholarships for students in high schools in low socioeconomic areas and high concentrations of “at risk” youth.

Local San Diego musicians including San Diego Music Award Nominees 321 Stereo and Jane Lui will have a strong presence in our music festival, but AMP will also have talent from Los Angeles and as far up as San Francisco and New York.  Festival goers can follow their favorite artists and discover new ones on the event website, where the full line-up can be seen.  Website is www.ampmusicfestival.com.

With an impressive collective of local support from a diverse group of community, professional, and social organizations, San Diego Asian Film Foundation, Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, and many more have all pledged their support; most prominently the Asian Business Association (http://www.abasd.org/) who is co-hosting the event with Silk Road Productions (http://www.silkroadproductions.us/)

Funds raised from the event will support music scholarships and cultural programs in schools through the Asian Business Association Community Foundation, a 501(3)c organization committed to community development and economic growth.  Information about the scholarship applications can be found at the following  link: http://ampmusicfestival.com/about/scholarship-information/

Follow @ampmusicfest on Twitter for more independent Asian-American music news or on the AMP Music Festival Facebook Page.  Tickets are available now and AMP goers can purchase tickets at www.ampmusicfestival.com and are $20 in advance, or $30 at the gate.


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AMP Music Festival - One Sheet
Who:           Producers - Silk Road Productions
                      on behalf of the Asian Business Association

What:          AMP Music Festival
A One day, Multi Genre Music Festival with 30 performances on Two Stages! 
Featuring:

HIP HOP/DJ/R&B
"thefivefootafunk”
Vincent Bantasan
Big Will
Marlon Dane
Kero One
Rhythm Natives
Shin B
Thaikoon
Toestah
Abraham Lim

SINGER/SONG- WRITER/ACOUSTIC
Jane Lui
Jennifer Chung
Lindsey Yung
Kenny Eng
Jesse Barrera
Michael Carreon
Dawen
Jeff Bernat
Sam Kang
Terry Matsuoka

POP/ROCK/ROOTS/ JAZZ-FUSION
321 Stereo
Feats In Inches
The Inheritance
Misc. Ailments
Mondays Alibi
Nylon Pink
Science Fiction Jazz
The Slants
sounddrug
Pacific Noize
RiZen BeingZ


When:  Saturday September 17th, 2011
                 Doors Open 11am, performances Noon till Nine pm

Where:  The Jacobs Center- Market Creek Plaza
                  404 Euclid Avenue

Tickets:  $30 @ the Gate
                 $20 Online Pre-Sale: http://ampmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/

Twitter:     @AMPmusicfest