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Fall 2012 Performances

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Munkh-Erdene Chuluunbat Stephen Kent on DidjeridooCarlos Nakai

Earth Sounds creates and explores resonances between Native American, Mongolian, and Australian musical cultures. The ancient traditions of these three cultures are intrinsically linked with the experience of nomadic life, seasonal migrations, the sounds of nature, and ultimately the earth itself. Together, they merge into a meditative, healing, and inspiring musical creation. With acclaimed musicians Shinetsog Dorjnyam (Mongolia, throat-singer), Munkh-Erdene Chuluunbat (Mongolia, yatag), Stephen Kent (Australia, didgeridoo), and Grammy nominee R. Carlos Nakai (USA, flute). 

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Tickets: $35 (VIP priority seating and workshop admission) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (632-4400), email (, or online at 
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October 16, 2012

The Sonagi ProjectSONAGI PROJECT

The Sonagi Project, a passionate and innovative percussion ensemble based in Seoul, brings traditional Korean instruments into the twenty-first century with a fusion of Korean, world, folk, and modern musical styles. The Sonagi Project experiments in styles as diverse as pansori (Korean Opera), pungmulgut (Korean folk drumming and dancing), and samulnori (modern percussion), emphasizing Korean culture and identity while making fresh, lively music with global appeal.

With Ryu Seung PyoGong Bit NaKim Ha Na, Kim So Hee, and founding creative director Chang Jae Hyo. Assisted by Jeonghye Yun (Sonagi Program Coordinator & Production Manager) and Antonio Huerta (Sonagi Director of Event Operations). 

Presented with the Stony Brook University Center for Korean Studies. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Free and Open to the Public

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November 18, 2012

Journeys: Soh Young Lee and Friends 

soh young lee in performance

Soprano Soh Young Lee takes a musical journey around the globe, with an eclectic repertoire of opera, art song, folk music, and pop. With her crystalline voice and warm stage presence, Lee performs Native American, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, and Russian songs, sounding out her solidarity with the global village.

Joining Soh Young Lee are saxophonist T.K. Blue and Korean Opera (Pansori) singer Oak Joo Moon. Praised for his "personal, clear, and incisive" instrumental voice, T.K. Blue has recorded and performed with legendary artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, Dizzy Gillespie, Regina Carter, and Bobby McFerrin.

Recognized as a prodigy of Pansori, Oak Joo Moon has had a stellar career, including numerous international performances. She is a winner of the Korean Presidential Award (1998) and is the only official recognized National Korean Human Cultural Asset living outside of Korea.

Also featuring Keyth Hart (Piano/Voice), Maureen Hynes (Cello), Nydia "Liberty" Mata (Percussion), John Ray (Bass), Eun Sook Yuh (Hourglass drum), and Ann Zalkind (Piano).

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 4:00 PM. Reception to follow performance

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


(Sara Baur-Harding / 2011 / USA, India / 78 minutes / English)

Mohiniyattam dancersAn intimate portrait of Bharati Shivaji and Vijayalakshmi, mother and daughter masters of Mohiniyattam dance. Shivaji is credited with reconstructing the classical Indian dance form, while her daughter Vijayalakshmi has advanced the dance form by continually challenging tradition through the unconventional use of multicultural music and innovative choreographies. This film documents the creative collaboration of these determined and graceful women.

Screening to be accompanied by a performance from Vijayalakshmi.  Discussion to follow. 

Vijayalakshmi’s Mohiniyattam is delightful with delicate movements, deep torso inflections and soft undulations. Though the femininity and grace are generic to the dance style, Vijayalakshmi (daughter and disciple of eminent dancer Bharati Shivaji) adds charm to the movement vocabulary with her vivacious nature and expressive eyes. (The Hindu)

… encapsulates the vision and missionary zeal of the world renowned exponents of Mohiniyattam, Bharati Shivaji and daughter Vijayalakshmi. (South Asia Mail)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:00PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Admission: $5 (all)

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December 1, 2012


Stories!The Charles B. Wang Center takes you on a journey through Asia in its unique version of Tellebration, the annual world-wide celebration of storytelling. Join us as talented storytellers weave a web of folktales and fairytales – and personal, spiritual, mythical, comedic, and poignant human stories – from and about Asia and Asia America.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Free and open to the public.

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Spring 2012 Performances

Thursday, April 26, 2012

SUFI FUSION with Arif Lohar and Arooj Aftab

This performance is SOLD OUT


There are composers, then there are singers and finally there are entertainers. Meet Arif Lohar once and you know that he is an amalgamation of all of the above -- an artist extraordinaire. His jovial personality, the highly-infectious grin he sports and the trademark chimta, which he inherited from his father and always accompanies him in a performance, simply sets him apart from other exponents of folk and Sufi music. (

Arif Lohar is one of Pakistan's most beloved folk singers. Singing contemporary interpretations of traditional Punjabi songs, Lohar captures the sights and sounds of modern Pakistani culture with a unique mix of pop and folk stylings. Lohar plays his beloved chimta, a traditional percussion instrument resembling tongs, and is backed by an ensemble of talented Pakistani musicians.

Arooj AftabBorn in a small village called Aach Goch in Gujrat District of Punjab, Pakistan, Arif Lohar follows in the footsteps of his father, famous Pakistani folk singer Alam Lohar. Worldwide, he is among the top Punjabi folk and pop singers.

In a special collaboration, Arif Lohar will be joined by talented world music songstress Arooj Aftab. Her inspired songwriting fuses classical Pakistani and Sufi music traditions with contemporary jazz, folk and pop influences, creating a signature sound that has been described as “indigenous soul.”



This program is part of Asia Society's ongoing initiative Creative Voices of Muslim Asia, and Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet, managed by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with financial support from the Building Bridges program.  Both initiatives are supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Tickets: $35 (VIP) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (2-4400), email (, or online

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:00PM

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Om Mangalam: A Bollywood à Capella Musical

OMG GarlandOm Mangalam, or OMG, is the first Bollywood à Capella musical to grace any stage. As a tribute to the genre that has captivated the imagination of the world, Om Mangalam will take you through an unforgettable journey: filled with song, dance, color, laughter, tears and love. Come, join us! See it, and fall in love.

Presented by the Charles B. Wang Center and produced by De Taali.

Tickets: $10 (General) or $5 (Student)

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 7:00 PM
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Past Performances (Spring 2012)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

HEREANDNOW running down the streethereandnow theatre company: New Traditions

New Traditions dramatizes the Asian American experience by incorporating music, dance, and personal narratives that that are by turns funny, poignant, and profound -- exactly as audiences have come to expect from hereandnow, the premier Asian-American touring theatre company.  For over 20 years, hereandnow theatre company has used the collective voices of its diverse cast to reminds its audiences that everyone comes from a unique experience, and everyone has a story to tell. This non-profit company, founded in 1989 by John Miyasaki, has performed at over 200 colleges and theaters across the United States, and is praised for being provocative and enlightening, educational and entertaining.

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Tickets: $35 (VIP) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (2-4400), email (, or online

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:00PM

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Sunday, March 3, 2012

Comedy Performance by Rex Navarrete

Rex Navarrete

Rex Navarrete will be performing the Community Opening Program for Singgalot--The Ties That Bind: Filipinos in America from Colonial Subjects to Citizens. Featured on Lopez Tonight and in the films Komik Organik and Hella Pinoy, Rex Navarrete is the premier Filipino-American stand-up comedian. Whether tracing the colonial history of the Philippines through Filipino cuisine, talking about the place of Filipinos in Latino culture, or lampooning figures in pop culture, Navarrete polished, accessible -- and very, very funny.

Sunday, March 3, 2012, 3:00PM





Thursday, March 8, 2012


Smooth hooks, rapid rhymes, and radical politics merge in Koba's distinctive hip hop. Whether exploring the Occupy movement or riffing on Reading Rainbow, speaking about everyday heartbreak or the tragedy of Troy Davis, Koba is musically and lyrically adventurous, playful, and profound.


This performance is part of the Campus Opening Reception for Singgalot -- The Ties that Bind: Filipinos in America from Colonial Subjects to Citizens.

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6:00PM





Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stand-Up Comedian KEVIN NADAL

Kevin NadalKevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in New York City. Currently, he is an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, where he is also the deputy director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program. He is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions , or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and other marginalized groups. He has published over 30 works on multicultural issues in the fields of psychology and education. He is the author of the books Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (2011, John Wiley and Sons) and Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives (2010, Author House), a co-editor of Women and Mental Disorders (2011, Praeger), and the author of the forthcoming book That's So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (expected 2012, APA Books). He is an executive board member of the Asian American Psychological Association, the president of the metro New York Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), a FANHS National Trustee, and a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.    In 2011, he received the Early Career Award for Contributions to Excellence by the Asian American Psychological Association.

A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a part-time comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the United States since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine's hottest bachelors in 2006, he once won an argument with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, PBS, the History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine, and he was even once a "Hot Topic" on ABC's "The View." For more information, please visit

This performance is part of the Campus Opening Reception for Singgalot -- The Ties that Bind: Filipinos in America from Colonial Subjects to Citizens.

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6:00PM


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