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The San Francisco International Arts Festival presents “The Afro Cuban Ensemble of San Francisco State University, a 25 Year Retrospective.” This is a milestone celebration of the ensemble under its founder and director Dr. John Calloway, with live music from current and former members. Panel facilitator Luis Medina of KPFA radio will interview John about the ensemble’s formation, mission, history and numerous accomplishments, using photos, videos and recordings as artifacts. Many of the ensemble’s former students as well as John’s colleagues will be asked to share their memories and recollections as well. But for sure, live music will be a main feature of the presentation!

Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28

w/La Moderna Tradicion

Yoshis, Oakland, CA

Since 1996, the 12-piece Orq. La Moderna Tradición has captivated audiences with the best of traditional and modern Cuban music. Come immerse yourself in their first performance of the year, from sensual danzones and swinging cha-cha-chas to contemporary timba-infused rhythms. The exceptional musicians of the Orquesta inspire music lovers and dancers alike. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the essence of Cuban music, where tradition meets innovation on the dance floor.

Featuring Tregar Otton, Eduardo Herrera, Michael Spiro, Maru Pérez-Viana, Antonio Del Barrio, Osvaldo Carvajal, Pablo Caro, Remi Spiro, Ayla Dávila, Carlitos Medrano, John Calloway, Sandy Poindexter, Anthony Blea.

Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine-American War: A Crisis of Conscience

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Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Telling both a historical and personal narrative through live music, spoken word, poetry, and visual elements, Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine American War: A Crisis of Conscience is a multidisciplinary performance examining the experiences of Black soldiers during the Philippine-American War of 1899–1902. The piece considers the moral dilemma that Black soldiers faced in their charge to help subjugate Filipino people while at the same time being marginalized themselves. It also depicts the Filipino narrative of resistance to the American intervention, as well as the complex interpersonal relationships between African American soldiers and the Filipino population. The performance features musicians on piano, bass, flute, violin, and percussion elements including tribal drums and Kulintang. Featured performers include: Marcus Shelby, Deszon Claiborne, Conrad Benedicto, Sam Brown, Marcella Pabros-Clark, Manuel Dragon, Rebecca Rodriguez and more!

Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission, MOAD and the Asian Art Museum


Past Performances:

Sunday July 2nd: w/Monica Fimbrez. House concert, Berkeley, CA. 8pm.
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