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Lia Chang: Will Calhoun to Interview Bernie Worrell at ASCAP’s “I Create Music” Expo on April 30 in L.A.

Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will take place April 28-30, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The “Master Session with Bernie Worrell Interviewed by Will Calhoun” will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Hollywood Ballroom 1 on the 2nd Floor (Mezzanine) of the hotel.

The legendary Bernie Worrell – composer, arranger, bandleader and keyboard synthesizer pioneer – is best known for his association with two influential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands: Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads. He has also put his creative stamp on the work of other artists such as Keith Richards, The Pretenders and Deee-Lite, among others, and is one of the most sampled musicians ever, with his timeless grooves and riffs propelling the music of De La Soul, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and others. He continues to perform with various groups, including Bill Laswell’s “Method of Defiance” and three of his own latest projects, which include rock/funk/fusion project, SociaLybrium, the dynamic duo of WesNWorrell as well as the Winter 2011 jazz album, “Bernie Worrell: Standards”.

Not many artists have Will Calhoun’s vision and artistic energy, so much so as to be Grammy winners and to contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life. Calhoun’s unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour’s four Epic releases. As a member of Living Colour, Calhoun received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another for Best Hard Rock Performance. In addition to his work with Living Colour, Calhoun has recorded and/or toured and performed with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Marcus Miller, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Oumou Sangare, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and The Allman Brothers. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Calhoun has worked on Herb Alpert’s Grammy-nominated CD, Colors, and Mos Def’s “The New Danger”. Calhoun’s latest creation, “Native Lands”, is his follow-up release on Half Note Records. The album can be described as Jazz meets World, coupled with trance-inducing urban music. This dual disc (CD/DVD) combines Calhoun’s experiences as he marries his far-reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharoah Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali. Calhoun will talk to Worrell about how Bernie broke into the music business, pushed the envelope and evolved creatively in his craft.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives – regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation – will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information, and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.

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All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2011 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com.

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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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