Mar 262015

Mahalo to ‘Olelo Community Media for taping and broadcasting the recent performance by Chinese Music Virtuosi at the University of Hawaii’s Orvis Auditorium. The final broadcast is scheduled for March 31 at 10:00 PM on ‘Olelo Channel 53.

‘Olelo has also posted the video on-line.  Click here for the direct link to ‘Olelo Community Media.

Mar 062015

CMVFlyer-HR2-600The recent performance by Chinese Music Virtuosi at the University of Hawaii’s Orvis Auditorium will be broadcast on ‘Olelo Channel 53 on the following dates:

March 22, 7:30 PM
March 23, 4:00 PM
March 25, 10:30 AM
March 31, 10:00 PM

The members of Hong Kong’s Chinese Music Virtuosi (CMV) are among the most accomplished teachers and performers of Chinese musical instruments. They established CMV in 1997 to promote Chinese instrumental music, from cherished oldies to newly commissioned works. They share the belief that there remain exciting creative possibilities in the world of Chinese music, with the traditional instruments producing lovely sounds and incorporating dazzling performance techniques. Chinese Music Virtuosi was appointed the Ensemble-in-Residence of the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011-2012.

This project was a collaboration between EWC Arts Program and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Music.

Chinese Music Virtuosi members:

Loo Sze Wang, sheng (mouth organ)
Yu Wing Ka, pipa (plucked lute)
Wong Chi Chung, erhu (bowed fiddle)
Pan Ya Sze, yangqin (hammered dulcimer)

To view photos from the group’s week-long residency at the East-West Center, click here.


From left: Performance at the Hawai’i State Library; ukulele lessons; performance for Hawai’i school children; workshop for University of Hawai’i at Manoa music students

Jan 262015

Saturday, April 18, 8pm
Sunday, April 19, 4pm

A concert of classical, folk, and mountain music of Nepal

Parashuram Bhandari – sarangi
Ram Kumar Singh – bansuri
Abhijit Banerjee – tabla
Anna Stirr – voice, madal
Babette Akin – tanpura

Keoni Auditorium, EWC Imin Center – Jefferson Hall
Featuring Parashuram Bhandari, master of the sarangi


Jan 062015

The East-West Center Arts Program, in cooperation with The Nepal Foundation, presents:

Nepal, high in the Himalayas and the birthplace of the Buddha, is a crossroads between India and China. This small landlocked country is home to a great diversity of peoples, languages, flora, and fauna. Nepal has a population of more than 26 million people,made up of over 80 different ethnic communities. Although people often think of the Sherpas guiding trekkers and mountain climbers up to the Everest base camp, there are many lesser known communities living in the lower ranges of the mountains. These are very isolated communities who are often very poor, and have unique ritual practices, clothing,weavings, paintings, and utensils,many of which are on display. This exhibition will focus on two communities: the Tamang and the Rai peoples. In addition, on display are over 50 photographs by two Nepali artists, and thankas by the renowned painter, Hira Lama.

Curator: Michael Schuster
Installation: Lynne Najita
Photographers: Navesh Chitrakar and Uday Karmacharya

Click here to download the exhibit handout.

Click here to view a gallery of selected exhibit items.

Research Assistance: Mary Carroll, Yadav Rai,Mohan Lama, Rabin Lama, Enuka Lama, Shulang Zou, Suresh Tamang, Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i (SNEHA)

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Richard H. Cox, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.