New York’s “Matuto” Brings American Diversity to Southwest China

Jun. 6-7, Chengdu – Students and lovers of music in Chengdu participated in workshops, joined Conga lines, and danced to the cosmopolitan beats of Matuto, a New York-based band that is currently touring China as part of the State Department’s American Music Abroad program. The five-member band, comprising two guitarists, two percussionists and a rip-roaring accordionist, ...
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Hip Hop Workshop Explains Power of Rap as a Vehicle for Social Change

May 10, Shanghai – The Shanghai American Center hosted Rodney Hollingsworth and Uche Sam, two expat American rappers, for a workshop on hip hop culture and freestyle rap. Sam and Hollingsworth emphasized how hip hop has played a role in giving disenfranchised Americans a voice to talk about issues in their communities and how this ...
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DJ Shakes up the ShAC with House Music

Apr. 20, Shanghai – American DJ Leven Smith gave a presentation on the history and development of electronic music in the United States at the Shanghai American Center (ShAC). While he mixed music from his sound board, he explained how over 100 years ago sound innovators laid the foundation for today’s multi-billion dollar electronic music ...
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All-Female Bassoon Quartet Combines Pop and Classical Music for Chinese Audience

August 2, Chengdu – U.S. Consulate Chengdu hosted a concert for a visiting American bassoon quartet called “The Breaking Winds” at a local music park. The quartet’s four young women played pop songs with their classical instruments, thoroughly entertaining the crown with their creative performance style, which featured comedic dancing and acting. They also performed ...
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New York Latin Band Strikes a Chord with Shanghai Students

New York-based band Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra conducted a music workshop at Jing’an Foreign Language Middle School. Torres described the origins and basic instruments of Latin music while his orchestra demonstrated the rhythmic arrangements. The audience was made up of student musicians who jumped at the chance to interact with the American band. ...
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Carolyn Malachi Inspires Thousands in East China

As part of her China tour for American Music Abroad, Carolyn Malachi performed for 500 people at the Nanjing University of the Arts and over 800 people at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. The concerts spread the message of positivity, women’s empowerment, and the importance of diversity to hundreds of students and members of the general ...
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R&B Band Rocks Chengdu, Promotes Diversity in American Culture and Music

American rhythm & blues singer Carolyn Malachi and her band delivered a dynamic two-day program in Chengdu March 21-22. At a lecture to some 200 people, the band discussed their unique music style, blending R&B, jazz and hip-hop, as well as the role that music has had in expressing American culture and history. Audience members ...
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