East and West Popular Culture Come Together with FEI Music: A Fusion Music Concert on December 2

On Sunday, December 2, Flushing Town Hall presents FEI Music: A Fusion Music Concert, including singing, erhu playing and a little bit of choreography from Chinese music sensation Feifei Yang. The evening will explore a wide range of musical genres and artists, with selections ranging from 1930s Shanghai vintage songs to 2018 Billboard top 100 tracks.

From Zhou Xuan to Michael Jackson, from Jay Chou to Beyonce, this concert brings East and West popular cultures together on one stage. Pop, jazz, rock and classical twists of songs are performed by Feifei Yang (erhu), Dongfeng Liu (keys), Tore Tao (bass), and Curtis Graham Nowosad (drums).

“The FEI Music concert exemplifies the mission of Flushing Town Hall by bringing global arts to a global audience,” says Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “This creative and inspiring performance will appeal to jazz aficionados and pop music lovers alike.”

Feifei Yangis a virtuoso on the erhuand banhu,two Chinese stringed instruments, as well as a successful vocalist. In China, her talents have been recognized by the Beijing National New Talent Competition, who presented her with a Gold Medal. She is a dual 2017 Global Music Award Winner, recognized as a top female vocalist and for her contributions to popular music.

In New York, she was assistant director and soloist in the Chinese entertainment segment of the 2017 Times Square New Year’s Eve Countdown. She has also performed in such legendary settings as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, and the United Nations. Feifei’s contributions to New York’s musical and cultural life have been recognized with numerous citations by the New York State Assembly. You can see her perform here.

Dongfeng Liu (Fred) is a Latin and Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and music educator. He served as the jazz artistic director in New York Big Apple Festival, and was invited to serve as a judge at “Xing Hai Cup” National Piano Competition, “RU Voice” by RCSSA, and CCTV’s Chinese Spring Festival for Children Competition. He has performed at Hefei Grand Theatre, Bona Starlight Theatre, Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, Nicolas Music Center, and St. George Theatre. He released his first album “That Time” in 2014 and recorded his second album in 2018 in New York City.

Taoning Zhou(Tore) is a composer, recording artist, and bass player. In 1999, he worked in the China Film Orchestra and has participated in the recording and arrangement of many famous singers in China and abroad. He has recorded large-scale entertainments for CCTV and local Chinese television stations. He has toured in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Hong Kong, Macau and other locations, and performed at the Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, Bryant Park, and St. George Theater.

Curtis Graham Nowosadis a New York-based drummer, composer and bandleader. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nowosad has distinguished himself touring coast-to-coast with his quintet, and performing in the bands of such world-class musicians as Marc Cary, Philip Harper, Craig Harris and Braxton Cook. His most recent album “Dialectics,” featuring Jimmy Greene and Derrick Gardner, was nominated for a JUNO award, won a WCMA, and was named one of the top albums of 2015 by DownBeat Magazine. Nowosad is an alumnus of Manhattan School of Music where he serves on the precollege jazz faculty.

Tickets are $16/$10 members & students/FREE for teens.You can access details by visitinghttp://www.flushingtownhall.org/or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall’s 40th Anniversary Challenge 

Flushing Town Hall has been presented with a significant challenge on the 40th anniversary season of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts: if the venue can raise $40,000 in new or increased donations by February 2019, an anonymous donor will match that with another $40,000. The challenge applies to any new or increased contributions (and not to any pre-existing financial commitments) from individuals, foundations, and businesses. Visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/donate to contribute.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Historic Flushing Town Hall (circa 1862) features year-round arts and cultural programming from all over the globe as a way to bring people together. Celebrating and educating the global communities of Queens and New York City, their tagline is: Global Arts for a Global Community. Flushing Town Hall is a member of New York City’s prestigious Cultural Institutions Group, and a Smithsonian Affiliate. They support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance their efforts.

Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

 

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