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Francis Wong
Saxophone
Few musicians are as accomplished as Francis Wong, considered one of "the great saxophonists of his generation" by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood. A prolific recording artist, Wong is featured on more than forty titles as a leader and sideman. For over two decades he has performed his innovative brand of jazz and creative music for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim,William Roper, Bobby Bradford, John Tchicai, James Newton, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye and the late Glenn Horiuchi.

But to simply call the Bay Area native a musician would be to ignore his pioneering leadership in communities throughout Northern California. Wong's imaginative career straddles roles as varied as performing artist, youth mentor, composer, artistic director, community activist, non-profit organization manager, consultant, music producer, and academic lecturer. Key vehicles for his work are Asian Improv aRts, the company he co-founded with Jon Jang and as a Senior Fellow at the Wildflowers Institute. In addition, Wong was a California Arts Council Artist in Residence from 1992 through 1998, and a Meet The Composer New Resident in 2000-2003. In 2000-2001 he was a Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellow. He has also been a guest member of the faculty at San Francisco State University (1996-98) and at University of California at Santa Cruz (1996-2001).

”I choose for my work to build community and to seek out how I, as an artist can meet the challenges that our community faces. In the Asian American community, the biggest challenge is continuity of culture and the impact of assimilation. Through music, I envision a way to create continuity through the integration of tradition and innovation."
Upcoming Events:

Thursday, May 21 2020 8:00 PM
San Francisco International Arts Festival [The Chapel, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123]
Apura: Improvised Music for the Revolution
featuring Karl Evangelista (gtr), Alexander Hawkins (p), Louis Moholo-Moholo (dms), Francis Wong (sax)

Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Apura (Tagalog for “Very Urgent”), a thrilling new composition meant to explore the relationship between jazz-based musical improvisation and social transformation in an era of worldwide political upheaval.

Apura uses original musical content, live projection, and spoken word components to tie the revolutionary music of the past to the activist music of the present day, touching on American, South African, and Filipino musical traditions.

Apura unites two veteran musicians, legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo (his first visit to the US West Coast since the 1980’s!) and Asian American Jazz icon Francis Wong, with firebrand pianist Alexander Hawkins (UK) and experimental music powerhouse Evangelista.  More...
Friday, May 22 2020 8:00 PM
California Jazz Conservatory (Rendon Hall) [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Apura: Improvised Music for the Revolution
featuring Karl Evangelista (gtr), Alexander Hawkins (p), Louis Moholo-Moholo (dms), Francis Wong (sax)

Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Apura (Tagalog for “Very Urgent”), a thrilling new composition meant to explore the relationship between jazz-based musical improvisation and social transformation in an era of worldwide political upheaval.

Apura uses original musical content, live projection, and spoken word components to tie the revolutionary music of the past to the activist music of the present day, touching on American, South African, and Filipino musical traditions.

Apura unites two veteran musicians, legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo (his first visit to the US West Coast since the 1980’s!) and Asian American Jazz icon Francis Wong, with firebrand pianist Alexander Hawkins (UK) and experimental music powerhouse Evangelista.  More...
CDs on which Francis Wong appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Kavee/Wong Duets I
Artist: Kavee/Wong
Title: Duets I
Label: Asian Improv
Label page on this site: Asian Improv
Asian Improv
Francis Wong Chicago Time Code
Artist: Francis Wong
Title: Chicago Time Code
Label: Asian Improv AIR 0019
Label page on this site: Asian Improv
Asian Improv AIR 0019