Contemporary East I: DoYeon Kim / Leo Chang

Thursday, December 19, 20248:00 pm
Tickets coming soondoors 7pm

Pianist Yuko Fujiyama founded Contemporary East in 2022. The new nonprofit organization aims to showcase the beauty of Eastern expression in improvisational music, and provide opportunity for artists of diverse backgrounds across disciplines to converse and create together.

In its first curatorial project, in partnership with the Roulette, the Contemporary East Series returns to Roulette’s stage to present four ensembles across two days featuring projects by Lesley Mok, DoYeon Kim, Leo Chang, and Fujiyama.

The series kicks off with former Roulette Awarded Artist DoYeon Kim, a renowned traditional gayageum player with a uniquely broad approach to music which incorporates Korean music, jazz, and improvisation, among other influences. Former commissioned artist Leo Chang will follow with Young Mong, his project with Alex Zhang Hungtai and Che Chen, whose long form improvisational experiments create a rootless, stateless, and borderless state of mind. Young Mong performed at Roulette in June of 2024 with Tashi Dorji for Chang’s commission. Chang lived as an expat in Singapore, Taipei, and Shanghai and moved to the United States in 2011.

Set 1: DoYeon Kim Quartet
DoYeon Kim gayageum, vocal, percussion and composition
Peter Evans trumpet
Matt Mitchell piano
Henry Fraser bass
Set 2: Leo Chang
Young Mong
Leo Chang
jeonmo (electronic feedback hat), amplified gongs, voice, electronics, piri and taepyeongso (double reeds)
Alex Zhang Hungtai electronics, saxophone
Che Chen flute & megaphone, percussion, funnel reed

Contemporary East is founded by Yuko Fujiyama, a renowned classically trained pianist whose improvisational compositions and collaborations have established her as an essential part of the experimental scene in New York City since 90s. During her long career, she has performed with scores of musicians and has always had an interest in the work of Asian and Asian American artists who bring their particular instruments, training and sensibility to expand the world of innovative music. Many of these, veterans and young artists alike, should be better known to larger audiences.

The series is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Contemporary East I: DoYeon Kim / Leo Chang

Thursday, December 19, 20248:00 pm
Tickets coming soondoors 7pm

Pianist Yuko Fujiyama founded Contemporary East in 2022. The new nonprofit organization aims to showcase the beauty of Eastern expression in improvisational music, and provide opportunity for artists of diverse backgrounds across disciplines to converse and create together.

In its first curatorial project, in partnership with the Roulette, the Contemporary East Series returns to Roulette’s stage to present four ensembles across two days featuring projects by Lesley Mok, DoYeon Kim, Leo Chang, and Fujiyama.

The series kicks off with former Roulette Awarded Artist DoYeon Kim, a renowned traditional gayageum player with a uniquely broad approach to music which incorporates Korean music, jazz, and improvisation, among other influences. Former commissioned artist Leo Chang will follow with Young Mong, his project with Alex Zhang Hungtai and Che Chen, whose long form improvisational experiments create a rootless, stateless, and borderless state of mind. Young Mong performed at Roulette in June of 2024 with Tashi Dorji for Chang’s commission. Chang lived as an expat in Singapore, Taipei, and Shanghai and moved to the United States in 2011.

Set 1: DoYeon Kim Quartet
DoYeon Kim gayageum, vocal, percussion and composition
Peter Evans trumpet
Matt Mitchell piano
Henry Fraser bass
Set 2: Leo Chang
Young Mong
Leo Chang
jeonmo (electronic feedback hat), amplified gongs, voice, electronics, piri and taepyeongso (double reeds)
Alex Zhang Hungtai electronics, saxophone
Che Chen flute & megaphone, percussion, funnel reed

Contemporary East is founded by Yuko Fujiyama, a renowned classically trained pianist whose improvisational compositions and collaborations have established her as an essential part of the experimental scene in New York City since 90s. During her long career, she has performed with scores of musicians and has always had an interest in the work of Asian and Asian American artists who bring their particular instruments, training and sensibility to expand the world of innovative music. Many of these, veterans and young artists alike, should be better known to larger audiences.

The series is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.