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Lia Chang: Will Calhoun Trio to Perform at International Percussion Festival, 10/22-24 in Opole, Poland

Will Calhoun

Will Calhoun

Miami, FL – Drummer and two-time Grammy Award winner Will Calhoun, accompanied by Marc Anthony Cary on piano and Burniss Travis on bass, will make a whirlwind tour of Poland, including a performance at the International Percussion Festival in Opole, October 22-24.

The tour begins with Calhoun judging a drumming contest at the National Music School in Opole at 10 am on October 22, followed by a performance by the Will Calhoun Trio at the Bajka (“Fairytale”) Cinema in nearby Gliwice. The next evening, Calhoun will conduct a workshop at the National Higher Technical School’s Concert Hall in the suburb of Nysa, then an evening performance by the trio, also at the Concert Hall. The tour concludes with a final performance at the Jan Kochanowski Theater in Opole on October 24.

Drummer Will Calhoun has won two GRAMMY awards with the band Living Colour. His latest creation, Native Lands, on Half Note Records, moves into new areas and 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.

Texas-born bassist Burniss Travis has performed with Will Calhoun, Marc Travis, Sameer Gupta, Eldar Djangirov, Manuel Valera, and Todd Strait, among others. He is flooded with ideas, as is true with most musicians when given a chance to talk about the thing that they love most, music.

Hailed by DownBeat magazine as one of the most “multidimensional keyboard players on the scene today” whose music reveals those multiple dimensions in sensual living color, Marc Cary’s continual search for his musical identity has brought him to all four corners of the earth, quenching his thirst to bring forth indigenous music in all its primal forms.

The tour was arranged by KCC Productions in Miami. Will Calhoun’s drums are courteously provided by Mapex. For further information, visit

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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

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,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, 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 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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