Fifth Stream Music

Intercultural Music and Education

Dr. Anthony Brown, Founder / Artistic Director

Intercultural Music and Education

Dr. Anthony Brown, Founder / Artistic Director

11.3.17 - Presidio Sessions - GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans
7:00 PM19:00

11.3.17 - Presidio Sessions - GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans

The Asian American Orchestra will help the Presidio Officers’ Club put the “life” back into live music with a free evening performance that will be the world premiere of GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans. Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra are grateful to partner with the Presidio Trust and InterMusic SF to bring this music to the public for the first time. GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans is the Asian American Orchestra’s musical commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 (EO9066) that forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into desolate internment camps until the end of World War II. Commissioned by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, GO FOR BROKE! honors the courageous Nisei (second-generation Japanese in America) soldiers who fought valiantly in WWII while their families remained imprisoned.


Ticket Information - SOLD OUT , please check out our Veterans Day event to hear this great tribute.

About Presidio Sessions

Music ranges from jazz to classical music from around the world, and are curated by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music in partnership with the Presidio Trust. In the intimate atmosphere of a house concert, listeners can savor, lounge and learn as they wish. Guests move comfortably between Arguello, the destination restaurant and bar, and the performances in Moraga Hall, with opportunities to converse with performers and each other.


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12:00 PM12:00

InterMusic SF presents: SF Music Day

SF Music Day is a free, daylong music festival presenting 35 Bay Area ensembles in classical music, early music, contemporary music and jazz. The festival celebrates ten years this fall and showcases the diversity and range of the Bay Area music community, from familiar repertoire to innovative new sounds. 

Read the San Francisco Chronicle article: Revamped jazz protest piece ‘We Insist! Freedom Now Suite’ to play Herbst

Listen to a performance of 'We Insist! Freedom Now Suite'

Where: War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:00pm – 7:30pm
Our performance of Freedom Now Suite 2017 takes place at 6PM in the Herbst Theater

Tickets: Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are required. 

Information: For information visit , or call (415) 967-3326.     

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SFJAZZ Poetry Festival with Genny Lim: “We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite”
to Apr 9

SFJAZZ Poetry Festival with Genny Lim: “We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite”

  • SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Devorah Major & Destiny Muhammad
Major served as San Francisco’s Third Poet Laureate (2002-2006). In addition to her four poetry books she has four poetry chapbooks, two novels, two biographies for young adults, and a host of short stories, essays, and individual poems published. In November 2016, City Lights Publishing will release her fifth volume of poetry. Devorah Major performs nationally and internationally, with and without musicians. 

Destiny Muhammad is a recording/performing artist, band leader, composer and producer. Her genre "Celtic to Coltrane" is cool and eclectic with a feel of jazz and storytelling to round out the sonic experience.

Genny Lim w/ Anthony Brown & the Asian American Orchestra
Genny Lim is a noted poet performer who’s collaborated with the late Max Roach and bassist, Herbie Lewis. Lim has performed at numerous jazz festivals and venues coast to coast, including the SFJAZZ Poetry Festival and World Poetry Festivals in Venezuela, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy. Her poetry and vocals can be heard on Asian ImprovArts recordings with Francis Wong, Devotee and Child of Peace and on Jon Jang’s Immigrant Suite. She is the author of the award-winning play, Paper Angels, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, as well as several poetry collections, including Paper Gods and Rebels. Lim is the second SFJAZZ Poet Laureate.

Anthony Brown is a composer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist, Guggenheim fellow, Smithsonian Associate Scholar, and Artistic Director of the GRAMMY nominated Asian American Orchestra and the nonprofit organization, Fifth Stream Music. He has composed music for critically acclaimed, award winning film documentaries, theater productions, dance companies and musical ensembles internationally, and has collaborated with Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, Zakir Hussain, Steve Lacy, Anthony Davis and the San Francisco Symphony. Dr. Brown has served as Curator of American Musical Culture and Director of the Jazz Oral History Program at the Smithsonian Institution, and as a Visiting Professor of Music at UC Berkeley.

Listen to a live recording of Freedom Now Suite on KCSM-FM's "In The Moment" program on February 23, 2017: Soundcloud

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8:00 PM20:00


Dr. Anthony Brown’s GRAMMY-nominated Asian American Orchestra together with Genny Lim, Amikaeyla Gaston and Ojala Bata ensemble re-imagine We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, the first overtly political jazz album featuring poetry and songs advocating for equality and justice, to share its timeless message. 

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