AppalAsia: Live from Alphabet CityWednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 75 minutes)
Join us for an evening of original folk-rooted jazz broadcasted from the Alphabet City stage with AppalAsia! Sans a live audience, you can still give the band your energy by clicking the free registration button!
AppalAsia was formed by Mimi Jong, Jeff Berman, and Sue Powers in Pittsburgh, PA. Together they have created an evocative and ambitious performance language for dulcimer, erhu, banjo, and vocals that combine the influence of their folk-roots with original composition and inspired improvisation. Group photo curtesy of Polly Mills Whithorn.
The individual members of AppalAsia each have extensive histories of collaboration, performing, and recording with a wide variety of artists and musicians. Learn more at AppalAsia.com
Jeff Berman, dulcimer – a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, and composer whose work reflects his global musical vision. A native of New York City who now lives in Pittsburgh, he has developed a genre-extending concept on mountain dulcimer, vibraphone, and percussion, that has allowed him to collaborate across stylistic boundaries with a diverse group of artists from across the globe.
Mimi Jong, erhu– has a diverse musical background acquired from growing up in Indonesia, being educated in Germany, and immigrating to the United States. Since age eleven, she has been performing on the erhu, an ancient, Chinese, two-string, bowed instrument. By moving beyond tradition and embracing the erhu’s versatility, Mimi has performed with jazz, folk and classical musicians, conducted educational workshops, and performed at music festivals.
Susan Powers, banjo and vocals– has adapted her unique ‘claw hammer’ style to blues, rock and pop music, and is acknowledged as a songwriter whose personal imagery evokes the Pennsylvania landscape. Her music has been used in modern and traditional dance, performance, theater, and film