The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance
With his panoramic global view and his epic sense of historical time with the present, this recording features the continuation and advancement of composer-pianist Jon Jang as a musical polyglot and collaborative field-builder in the context of black Asian music relationships. The opening composition, Yuri Kochiyama, Malcolm X is a hybrid informed by Soran Bushi, a Japanese fisherman s song and the Wailers Get Up, Stand Up! Yank Sing Work Song, Jasmine Among the Magnolias and Flower Drum Song is a hybrid of Chinese folk songs recontextualized in black music forms from funk, gospel, jazz to the harmonic language of Wayne Shorter. At the heart of the recording is Can t Stop Cryin for America: Black Lives Matter! In which Jang directly addresses his relationship and, by extension, the Asian American relationship to the urgent black freedom struggle.
Music performed by the Jon Jangtet:
Jon Jang Composer, Pianist and Director
Hitomi Oba Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Nick DePinna Trombone, Vocals
Gary Brown Double Bass
Deszon X. Claiborne Multiple Percussion
Dr. Amanda Kemp Spoken Word
Min Xiao Fen Vocals and Pipa (Chinese Lute)
Francis Wong Tenor Saxophone
1. Yuri Kochiyama, Malcolm X – 6:00
Executive Producer Tatsu Aoki, Francis Wong, Steve Hom, Steve Phillips, Jerrold Hiura
Audio Recording of excerpts of Yuki Kochiyama's speech at Lany College in 2003 by Monica Wayie Ly
(c) (P) 2019 Asian Improv Records Inc.
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