Backstage Pass with Lia Chang


ALLEGIANCE Stars Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke at the Performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble
Ebony Jo-Ann celebrated her New CD, “Please Save Your Love for Me” with APAP Showcase
Van Alexander Centennial Celebration Swing Dance Party featuring The George Gee Swing Orchestra at Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club in LA on July 12
Ebony Jo-Ann Celebrates PLEASE SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME CD Release, with a concert at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar on July 15
Photos: Inside THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE CD Release Concert with André Robin De Shields, Kevin Mambo, Adam Chanler-Berat, Michael Friedman and More
Apr. 13: THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Original Cast Album Release Party at Joe’s Pub will feature André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Kyle Beltran, Ken Barnett, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Jose Llana Set for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Debut on March 12
The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents West Coast premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Opera Alice in Wonderland, Featuring Libretto Co-Written with David Henry Hwang, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on February 27-28
Dream of the Red Chamber to be featured at the 2015 Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival February 20-21, including the Symposium with David Gockley, Bright Sheng, David Henry Hwang and Stan Lai
Living Colour in concert at the Brooklyn Bowl on February 14
Broadway Barkada’s 4th Annual “So This Is Love” Concert at The Cutting Room on February 8
Duwende Performs at Rockwood Music Hall on February 16
The Bitter End is Presenting m-pact and Duwende in “I Wish For All Time,” An A Cappella Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson on January 12
Jan. 10: Tan Dun, Zhou Long, Chen Yi and the Ying Quartet at The New-York Historical Society; Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibit on View through April 19
Dec. 23: George Gee Swingin’ Big Band Holiday Party at Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club; 4 Star Review for New CD SWING MAKES YOU HAPPY
Guitarist Sachin Shenolikar with The Condescending Liberals at Bar Chord on December 13
Lia Chang Picks: Island Breeze CD by Jeff Peterson, Riley Lee & Kenny Endo
Dec. 14: Louis Price: A Gift of Song at The Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica
Yellow Sound Label to Release BD Wong’s Debut CD HERRINGBONE on December 2, 2014
Nov 1: Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz Presents Jazzy Thespians Night featuring Jeffery V. Thompson, Kevin Mambo, Perri Gaffney, Marvel Allen, Gary Vincent, Natalie Carter-Prince, Spelman Beaubrun, Juanita Howard, Mickey Davidson, Helena D. Lewis, Phil Young, Eric Frazier, Frank Owens and More at Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Oct. 25: Meet David Byrne, Here Lies Love Creator and Cast members Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana, and Conrad Ricamora at the Apple Store Soho
Rome Neal Seriously Injured in Fall; Fundraisers Set at The Five Spot on October 12 and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on November 6
Sept. 11: Shailah Edmonds’ CD Release Party for Moonlight Magic at The Metropolitan Room
Aug. 23-27: The Wallace Roney Orchestra, Lionel Loueke, Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman Santana and More Set for City Parks Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Aug. 16: Hiroshima& Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble Perform Benefit Concerts for Palo Alto Buddhist Temple 100th Anniversary
Photos & Video: The Wiz’s André De Shields Sang “Believe in Yourself” in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall
Photos and Video: Obba Babatunde and cast members from the original cast of Dreamgirls perform at Carnegie Hall in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream
Photos and Video: Ben Vereen Performs at Carnegie Hall in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream
Late Night Singing with Garth Kravits at 54 Below with The Skivvies, at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland and Michael Raye’s Soul Gathering
May 22: Frankie 100: Lindy Lessons and Live Music by the Solomon Douglas Sextet at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Photos: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at SWING46; Launches Indiegogo Campaign for New CD, Swing Makes You Happy
May 20: George Gee Swing Orchestra CD – “Swing Makes You Happy!” Party at Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club
Jun. 23: The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall Features Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis, André De Shields, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon and More
Photos: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at SWING46; Launches Indiegogo Campaign for New CD, Swing Makes You Happy
Photos: Harriet Harris, John Tartaglia, Christine Toy Johnson, Alan Muraoka, James Saito and More celebrate Ann Harada’s Debut at Lincoln Center in the American Songbook Series
Mar. 1: Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz Presents “LADY” Featuring Lia Chang, Monica Garrido, Carolyn Holmes, Noel Simon’ Wippler, Linda Hudson, Adi Meyerson and Kathleen Doran
Photos: The Condescending Liberals at The Parkside Lounge
Jan. 17: The Condescending Liberals @ The Parkside Lounge
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72
Nov. 11: Christine Toy Johnson Performs in Final Installment of Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” Concert Series at Stage 72; Baayork Lee and Jose Llana to Guest Star
Sounds of Harlem Music Revue presents The Jazz Masters in Harlem III with The Phil Young Experience, Upstairs at the Dino on October 23, 2013
Spend an Evening with Tony Winner Nikki M. James at Joe’s Pub on October 21, 2013
Taiko Master Kenny Endo and Hiromitsu Agatsuma on Shamisen at Japan Society on June 5, 2013
Ghostlight Records Releases ‘Giant’ Original Cast Album Featuring Kate Baldwin, Brian d’Arcy James, P.J. Griffith, Raul Aranas, Katie Thompson and more
FALU Celebrates “Foras Road” CD Release at Highline Ballroom in New York on May 29, 2013
Christine Toy Johnson, Thom Sesma, Ali Ewoldt, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Telly Leung and More Set for The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre on May 19, 2013
Pianist and Composer Vijay Iyer Performs Solo and Leads His Jazz Trio and Sextet on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Zankel Hall
Two-Time Grammy Nominated Hiroshima Kicks off 2013 Spring Tour at The Laguna Playhouse, with Special Guest Taiko Master Kenny Endo on April 15, 2013
Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz presents Motown… Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party 2 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on April 6, 2013
Living Colour Vivid 25th Anniversary US Tour in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C. and More
Living Colour Vivid 25th Anniversary US Tour – Spring 2013
Photos: World Premiere of Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s BUMBUG The Musical at The Clurman Theatre, December 6-22, 2012
Mu Daiko Performs at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis, November 8-11, 2012
André De Shields Returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with I Put A Spell on You, October 5 and 12
Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins Celebrates Ethel Waters at 54 Below on August 27, 2012
Faith Prince and Jason Graae: The Prince & the Showboy in Concert at 54 Below, August 21-25, 2012
Two-Time Grammy Nominated Hiroshima Performs at Yoshi’s Oakland, August 17-19, 2012
Mino Cinelu Solo & Friends in “First Night Live Concerts” at Arlene’s Grocery in New York on August 19, 2012
Catch Grammy-winning Drummer Will Calhoun in August at The Iridium, Jazzmobile Summerfest 2012, The Blue Note, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, and Wimbash
Financial Times Critic Ken Smith Discusses Western Opera’s Recent Success in China with the Three Chinese Tenors at The China Institute in New York on January 21, 2012
Mu Daiko 15th Anniversary Concert and Minnesota Tour, February 9-19, 2012
New York Winter Jazz Fest: The Will Calhoun Quartet with Donald Harrison at Zinc Bar on January 7, 2012
Will Calhoun Trio to Perform at International Percussion Festival, 10/22-24 in Opole, Poland
Free Concert Features Will Calhoun with Sussan Deyhim at the Downtown LA California Plaza on August 13
H I R O S H I M A in Benefit Concert for Japan on 9/21 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NY
Will Calhoun Trio in Free Jazzmobile Concert at Morningside Park in New York on August 18
Photos: Phylicia Rashad, Michael McElroy, Marva Hicks in Broadway Inspirational Voices “Wondrous Grace” Concert in NY
Will Calhoun to Interview Bernie Worrell at ASCAP’s “I Create Music” Expo on April 30 in L.A.
KPFK 90.7: Inaugural Hero Awards & Tribute Benefit Awards Series Honoring Jazz Musician Billy Higgins on 5/1
Duke Ellington Week 2011 Events in NY, April 25-30
Foremost American Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo, to perform in Tokyo on April 24 and April 30
Marva Hicks and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra light up the Southern Theatre with a “A Night at the Apollo”
Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto Celebrates 50 Years of Koto Music at Lakeside Theater in Oakland
Kenny Endo 35th Anniversary Concert Tour
Koto Oyako don CD Release Concert, w/Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto & Brian Mitsuhiro Wong, Numi Tea Garden, Oakland
Kino alu Sundays with George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi at Waikiki Beach Marriott
Multimedia: Living Colour in Concert at the Highline Ballroom Photos
Multimedia: Oumou Sangare, Will Calhoun at Central Park Summerstage
Multimedia: Francis Mbappe and the Tribe at Joe’s Pub Photos
Charnette Moffett Trio in Dobbs Ferry Summer Music SeriesMultimedia: Asian Pacific American Month Celebration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Ensemble, Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe in Taiko x2 at Cerritos Center
Funk Filharmonik at Mirelle

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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,, 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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