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Episode 91

Guest: Jiaoyue Lyu, Guqin and Zhu Artist

Ms. Jiaoyue Lyu is a musician based in New York. Highlights of her 2015-2016 performance season include an exclusive video recording for the Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding an historic Guqin, and distinctive invitations from the the London Confucius Institute in U.K. and universities in Italy, France, Poland and the Netherlands for lecture-recitals and engagement tours. In October 2016, Ms. Lyu was one of the first artists to give a solo Guqin and Zhu recital in Lincoln Center. It was also the first time for Zhu to perform outside of China. In 2014, Ms. Lyu was one of the first artists to give a solo recital featuring the ancient Chinese instrument, Guqin, at the Carnegie Hall. Many musicians and directors of music associations attended and enjoyed the event. The IMPress wrote Ms. Lyu is a “beautifully sensitive and mesmerizing virtuoso” (IMPress, June 6, 2014).

Episode 90

Guest Speaker: Rui Wang, United Nations - Sudan

When you ask her where are you now, she is usually responding you with a different county.  She is a life explorer, with tons of curiosity to take challenges and to see a bigger world. Woking at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, she is in Sudan this year. Seeing hunger, poor, guns and many more, how does she maintain that positivity, while communicating with locals, and helping the community as much she could? She is a girl on the way, on the way to explore and to find... Her stories never end...

Episode 89

Guest Speaker: Rongxin Peng 

Composer and Pianist

Featuring Peng's concert at Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Dec 2, 2016 at 8pm

From the Manhattan School of Music, awards winning composer Mr. Rongxin Peng will be the first ever Asian compose to perform his own orchestral composition following the lines of all the great composers who have premiers their own works here at Carnegie Hall. Guest audience members will include Oscar winner, Grammy award recepient, and faculty from Harvard, MIT, Manhattan School of Music etc. The concert will also be the first on the 2016 Calendar of the New Year concert Season at the Manhattan School of Music. 


Episode 88

Guest Speaker: Denise Fu 傅蝶

Featureing "Rock for Hope Concert" on Sep 2, 2016

Denise Fu, Environmental Engineer, Co-Founder of indie cultural brand Inchant and Board Member of Chinese Environmental Scholars and Professionals Network (CESPN).

As an environmental engineer in the greater NYC area, she attributes to the cure of this earth; As a music and arts lover, she inspires people by her songs, performances, and handcrafts; As a culture observer, she captures moments of people in different cultures.



9/2 Rock for Hope Event details:!events-tickets/mh1ac/2948b585-bfb3-e2da-f000-12647dc8a9cd

Episode 87

Tim Prepcius began studying piano with his mother who also taught him to love music. At the age 13, Tim rebelled and studied with Dr. Robert Wyatt.  Later, Tim received a scholarship to study composition with Dr. John Boda and piano with Edward Kilenyi at Florida State University. Upon Kilenyi's passing, he became the piano student of Dr. Karyl Louwenaar. Tim graduated with a double major in Composition and Piano Performance.


Tim is a NYC based pianist and composer, especially known as a ballet pianist. He has played for Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, David Howard, and various teachers at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center (BDC), among others.


Tim said, “I believe that Dr. Louwenaar taught me that both god and the devil live in the details. Dr. Boda taught me to see past the myth. Dr. Wyatt showed me that music is one of the endless, that there is always more to give. ”

Episode 86

Guest Speakers: Amina Zhaman (Director,  Writer, Actress,  Singer, Composer)

                            Jack Dimich (Actor)

Featuring "The Movie Man" Short film

Directed by Amina Zhaman, produced by Marina Bolotokova, starting Amina Zhaman, Sean Stone, Jack Dimich, Ariot Myrtaj, Leonard Russell and Eddie Muentes. "The Movie Man" is written by Amina Zhaman, based on Eugene O'Neil's one act play of the same title (1914). This is the first ever screen version of this American classical play.

The production team also include editor Denis Kay and poster maker kate Taylor who dedicated their talents.


Amina Zhaman: Amina is a Circassian actress who grew up in Nalchik, capital of the Kabardian Republic, and pursued her career in New York. She is a singer-songwriter, theater and film actress, social activist, independent film producer, director, writer, and critic. She is the author of 70 songs in English and 5 instrumental compositions, Winner of Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2013 ("Contribution in a Debut Film" Award), Winner of Loutraki International Film Festival 2013 ("Brightest Debut"), Winner of International Rights Film Festival "STEPS" 2013 ("Best Script", "Best Actress", "Best Music Video Against War"), Winner of Albanian Film Week International Festival in New York 2013 ("Audience Award for Best Feature Film"), Winner of TOP-SMKBR Awards - 2014 ("Best Original Song in Foreign Language"), Winner of VI International Festival of Circassian Culture 2014 ("Contribution in a Feature Film "Right to Love”).


Jack Dimich: Jack is a native of former Yugoslavia. Character actor. Graduated The Lee Strasberg Institute For Film And Theater, New York City, 1997-2001, with: Michael Margotta, Dan Grimaldi and Bobby Moresco (Academy Award Winner). Fluent in Russian, Serbo-Croation, Macedonian, Czech, Italian and English. Qualified for Academy Award 2009 and won 25 International Film Festivals with "In The Name Of The Son" produced by American Film Institute (AFI). Jack Dimich has guest staring roles in: CSI, Law & Order:SVU , Castle, Undercovers, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Chuck, Hawaii Five-O, Sleeper Cell, The Blacklist, Burn Notice and Lilyhammer. He is a member of ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION and SAG-AFTRA since October 2000. Jack lives in New York City. More info about his work and video clips are available on his website: and: (Jack Dimich).- IMDb Mini Biography By: American Talent Management

Episode 85

Guest Speaker: Yanzhi Wang

Having earned her B.A degree of Art History and Economics at NYU, Yanzhi is now an M.A. student of East Asian Language and Culture at Stanford University. What she has learnt at school has allowed her to understand the diverse challenges cultural projects in Chinese communities face. She hopes to obtain a deeper understanding of Chinese art and culture by studying humanities. Meanwhile, she is constantly seeking a feasible system that will help safeguard local art and culture, while providing a more practical, more natural and more sustainable lifestyle for Chinese people.


Yanzhi has been contributing to Bishan magazine since 2013. Bishan is a MOOK-style magazine, which is dedicated to finding a path towards revitalizing traditional Chinese lifestyle. The magazine uses a modern perspective to redefine the importance of traditional culture in the lives of Chinese people today, as well as discuss innovative events in this field. Books on Chinese culture regularly rank among’s top three best-selling books. Now, she is also working for another MOOK-style magazine, Baigong, of which the first issue will be coming soon.

Episode 84

Guest Speaker: Lu Liu 刘璐

Lu Liu is pursuing her Master's degree at Pratt Institute in Arts and Cultural Management. She has a talent in performing arts, especially traditional Chinese instruments. Her passion for the art blossomed early in her childhood under the influence of her grandparents, who were performers in the Beijing Opera. In this atmosphere of traditional Chinese art, she learned to play the pipa, an ancient musical instrument. She is a leading pipa player, and leader of a traditional music troupe, as well as an organizer and participant in multiple disciplines of art including vocal music, choreography and theater. Lu attempts the innovation of blending Western music styles with traditional Chinese music during performances with her troupe. They have given performances at Teach for America Alumni Association, Barclays Lunar New Year Celebration, Ernst&Young Chinese New Year Party, and Pratt Spring Festival. She was also involved in the preparations for The Charm, a concert of Chinese music at Carnegie Hall. Currently, she is one of the members of the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York and is preparing for their May 1st performance at Merkin Hall. 

Episode 83

Guest Speaker: Helen Sung (Jazz Pianist) & Brian Woodruff (Drummer and Founder of QJOG)

Featuring Queens Jazz Over Ground 2016 Spring Jazz Festival

Event Info: Saturday, April 16, 12pm-10pm, Flushng Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, New York, 11354)

The Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that promotes jazz performance and education in the borough of Queens, will present our 2016 Spring Jazz Fest, a free, daylong series of jazz workshops and performances.  All events will take place at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, April 16th from 12 noon - 10:00 pm, 137-35 Northern Blvd (corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY.


The annual event highlights the talents of the many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists in the borough of Queens. The day will include performances by student jazz combos, jazz master classes open to all students and aspiring performers, middle school and high school student bands, and an educational workshop for children. The evening will feature an exciting lineup of seven professional Queens-based jazz ensembles. Audiences are welcome at all workshops and performances, which are free and open to the public. Last year, the event drew over 600 people from the New York metropolitan area.


About Queens Jazz OverGround

The Queens Jazz OverGround  (QJOG), an artists’ collective, is a program of Convergence Arts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. QJOG supports the professional growth of jazz artists in Queens, provides musical enrichment and education to local communities, and helps to stimulate wider awareness of Queens as a destination for arts and culture. QJOG offers low- or no-cost jazz performances in Queens for diverse audiences; supports young and emerging artists by providing jazz education; and promotes the work of local jazz artists and composers.

Episode 82

Pianist: Yan Shen 青年钢琴家:沈燕

Formerly a tenured piano faculty member of the Guang Zhou Conservatory of Music, China (2005-2010), Yan Shen, holds a DMA in piano collaborative arts at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston (studio of Timothy Hester). Currently, Dr. Shen is pursuing an Artist Diploma in Solo Piano Performance at the Moores School of Music.  Prior to her studies in the United States Ms. Shen received a M.M. in Piano Performance at Wu Han Conservatory of Music in China, and a B.M. from Guang Zhou Conservatory of Music.


Dr. Shen is a prize winner in numerous international competitions, including: Finalist in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition; Second Prize in the Guang Zhou International Piano Competition; Finalist in the Beijing First International Piano Competition; Third Prize in the Beijing National Piano Competition, among others. 


沈燕出生于湖南长沙,钢琴演奏博士, 青年钢琴演奏家, 曾先后师从朱元贞教授, 李杨教授, 赵晓生教授, 卡丽娜·波波娃教授,陈婉教授,并于2015至2010年任广州星海音乐学钢琴艺术指导教研室主任。她先后于星海音乐学院和武汉音乐学院获得钢琴演奏学士和硕士学位, 并于2010年获全额奖学金赴美国休斯顿大学摩尔斯音乐学院 (Moores School of Music, University of Houston) 攻读钢琴演奏及室内乐博士学位。在美期间,沈燕师从 Timothy Hester,  并于2010到2015年连续担任其助教,另外她也受到美国钢琴界泰斗Abbey Simon ,著名钢琴家Alexandre Dossin, 俄罗斯钢琴家Alexei Lubimov 的高度赞赏和指导。


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Episode 81

Guest Speaker: Wei Luo, Jiaoyue Lyu

Featuring: Trafo (Travel Folk) - 2016 US-China International Peking Opera Festival in Beijing 

Wei Luo, professor at Peking University in Arts Education,  Solo Pianist, and organizer of the upcoming 2016 US-China International Peking Opera Festival sharing her experience, perspectives and journal, and introduce the upcoming Peking Opera Festival. 

Episode 80

Guest Speaker: Ceci Wang 王梦茵

Artist, Co-founder of Fizzy Art

As an artist and also an entrepreneur, Ceci Mengyin Wang is finishing a M.F.A degree from Pratt this summer and started an art organization, Fizzy Art in 2015.


Ceci’s art pieces are mostly interactive performance that discusses humanity through perception. Most of her pieces ask the audience to examine their participation. She made one step forward toward the concept of art as experience to art as audience. In her pieces, not only the reactions of the audience but also the audience themselves becomes the central element of the work. The roles in art experience are switched: the audience becomes the art; the artist, and people who are not in the process of the interaction become the observers.

Check out Ceci's website for more information:


Fizzy Art is a New York based art organization, which provides professional art consulting services in Mandarin Chinese.  The services are including guiding courses with specific topics and customized consulting service.  Fizzy Art also provides agent service for oversea art purchasing.

Check out Fizzy Art's website:

Episode 79

Guest Speaker: Zoe Zhang 张婧睿

Zoe earned a B.B.A from Renmin University of China in 2013. She worked as Production Assistant at National Center for the Performing Arts for one year, where she handled casting, contracts negotiations, overseeing rehearsals and financial matters.


She is currently in the second year of master’s degree at Syracuse University, majoring in Arts Leadership. In 2015 summer, Zoe moved to New York City to gain more hands-on experience. She is now Special Events Intern at Carnegie Hall where she assisted in planning and execution of 2015 Opening Night, Sting Gala and 125th Anniversary Gala. 

Episode 78

Guest Speaker: Cong Ji 季聪

Pianist, Teaching Artist

Cong Ji's Website:

Cong Ji is passionate about engaging her audiences with innovative programming and performances as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. As a solo recitalist, she performs regularly in major cities in China, the United States, the Netherlands, and Portugal, among others. Ms. Ji has also given solo performances in summer festivals, including the International Holland Music Sessions, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes, the 21st Summit Music Festival, and the Sixth Viena do Castelo Music Festival. Recent NYC appearances include a solo recital at the prestigious Steinway Recital Hall. A first prize-winner at the 2009 MTNA Young Artist Competition (Colorado), she has also been a prize winner in many Chinese competitions such as the 3rd Annual YAMAHA Competition (Tianjin) and the 13th Hong Kong-Asian Young Artist competition among others.

       Ms. Ji was born in Tianjin, China and began her piano studies at the age of four. She earned degrees and scholarships from the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Northern Colorado. At NYU Steinhardt, Ms. Ji was appointed as Adjunct Faculty, teaching studio piano lessons and keyboard harmony and improvisation; she has performed regularly as an active soloist and chamber musician in almost every concert series.

            Her interest in early music keyboard repertoire has led to studies in harpsichord, and performances of the compositions of Rameau and Couperin. As a devoted advocate of new music, she has also played solo and chamber repertoire by Elliott Carter, Lowell Liebermann, John Corigliano and John Musto, as well as premiering music by her contemporaries.

        As a full-tuition fellowship recipient, Cong Ji is currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, under the tutelage of Ursula Oppens, Phillip Kawin and Thomas Sauer. Ms. Ji is currently on the piano faculty of Concordia Conservatory, Concordia College New York.

Episode 77

Guest Speaker: Yung-Jen Yang 杨詠任

Filmmaker, Director, Playwriter

Yung-Jen Yang’s personal website:

Study Abroad website:


Originally from Taiwan, Yung-Jen Yang is a filmmaker and co-founder of the Study Abroad platform. He has MFA degree in filmmaking from City College of New York. The Study Abroad series inspires many Chinese international students, and was reported by a number of major media, such as NBC, Fortune Magazine, CCTV, etc. His horror film Sweet Sixteen won 4 awards, including Best Horror Film at the 2015 Winter Film Awards. As a director, he’d like to produce more movies and keep exploring the ways of portraying human’s lives. 

Episode 76

Guest Speaker: Rui Wang


After earning her Master's degree from NYU, Rui has been working and exploring at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

She is going to work at the Republic of the Sudan in 2016 as a UN professioanl.

Episode 75

Guest Speaker: Kai Huang


Co-founder of OMEscape

Graduated from NYU with a Master's degree in Information System, Kai is the co-founder of OMEscape, the largest escape room game in New York City.

Episode 74

Qian Zhuang was born and raised in Shanghai. With her interests focused on the relationships between people and media, Qian studied communication and journalism, and has previously worked in advertising, PR, reality show, and production company. Later, Qian starts to find her strong interests in digging into the relationship between individuals in our society through storytelling. She is an MFA Film Production student at the University of Texas at Austin.

ALICE is about how a little girl deals with her hopes and fears in a single night.

Episode 73

Guest Speaker: Miho Hazama

Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Pianist

Miho Hazama and m_unit "Time River" CD release celebration with special guest Gil Goldstein

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

Jazz Standard (116 E 27th street, New York, NY10016)

Originally from Tokyo, New York-based composer Miho Hazama is a brilliant, award winning composer and arranger, able to draw on many different musical sources to create her own highly distinctive and original sound. Ms. Hazama is establishing herself as an internationally recognized and emerging composer/arranger that has worked in a wide variety of music.


The winner of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize 2015, Ms. Hazama debuted as a composer in 2012. Her debut album “Journey to Journey”, which includes special guests Steve Wilson (saxophone) and Stefon Harris (vibraphone), was released in Japan on Universal Music Japan, and in the US & Europe on Sunnyside Records. Her 13-piece chamber orchestra “m_unit” draws on myriad musical sources, arriving at a highly distinctive and original sound which Jazztimes called “There’s an underlying, constant intensity even during the quieter sections; something is always lurking and ready to pounce, then skitter away again -- Her classy large ensemble keep the listener guessing and enchanted." The album won not only Album of the Year -New Star Award from Jazz Japan, but also received universal praise from NPR, DownBeat etc. Ms. Hazama and m_unit have been performing at many venues in NYC such as The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note NYC as well as concerts in Japan, and gaining a reputation as a unique & authentic large jazz ensemble.

Episode 72

Guest Speaker: Emily Vartanian

Founder and Artistic Director, General Mischief Dance Theatre

Kickstarter Project: "Mischief Goes Mobile"

Oct, 11th, 2015, JCC-Manhattan 

Mischief Goes Mobile

This project is a brand new collaboration between the artists of General Mischief Dance Theatre and sculptor Kevin Reese from Washington D.C. General Mischief is creating a new dance story, set to the music of Donna Viscuso and the Vnote ensemble, and Kevin Reese is producing a twenty-foot mobile for the piece with the help of hundreds of volunteers as part of the Atlas Arts Center’s “Mobilizing Our Community” project. Using General Mischief’s athletic, playful style of movement and clever storytelling, the dancers will artistically assemble the mobile onstage during the dance. This collaboration will make its debut as part of "Up and Away", the seventh full-length stage production by General Mischief Dance Theatre, on October 11 in New York City. 

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Episode 71

Guest Speaker: Jessica Xueyang Gong

Xueyang Gong graduated from NYU with a major in Foreign Language Education and TESOL in 2010. She worked as the Mandarin teacher at the Ross School for two years and has been building the Mandarin program at Grace Church School since 2012. Xueyang started to learn Guzheng at the age of six and has been playing it for over 20 years. She has been performing it in various activities and events including the 60th National Day of China Gala at Lincoln Center in 2009, NYU Shanghai's founding ceremony in 2013, and UN's annual China Day Celebration in 2015. Besides performing, Xueyang also brings Guzheng to her Mandarin classes and uses it as a tool to teach China's history. Her students embrace this opportunity to try the ancient instrument and learn its culture. 

Episode 70

Guest Speaker: Yifei Li


During the four years after graduating from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Yifei has worked in both state-owned enterprise and a multinational company in Shanghai. She observed the different mindset and practices in Human Resources Management and then decided to study abroad to pursue global exposure and broader career opportunities.


It deserves it all. Yifei is now studying Human Resources at Cornell University and interning as an HR professional in a consulting firm in New York. Stepping out of home, she becomes more self-conscious about her strengths and weakness, as well as how her early experiences made her who she is.

Episode 69

Guest Speaker: Jonnce Yuening Zhu

Jonnce is currently a graduate student studying Financial Engineering at NYU. Besides outdoor and extreme sports, Jonnce is doing intense Martial Arts training. Her goal is to be a "Strong IT Person Who could Fight".

Episode 68

Guest Speaker: Simon Applebaum

Producer, Host

Simon Applebaum is producer/host of Tomorrow Will Be Televised, the program all about TV. The program, about to begin its ninth year on the air, is presented live Mondays and Fridays at 3 p.m. Eastern time/noon Pacific time on BlogTalk Radio ( Selected episodes are simulcast live on Brooklyn Independent Media HD and offered on YouTube ( Now in his 35th year covering the TV scene, Applebaum also writes a Tomorrow Will Be Televised column for Media Village, a Web site featuring TV and media commentary (

Episode 67

Guest Speaker: Zhen Li 李臻

Nike 耐克公司

Graduated from SJTU majoring Environment Science & Engineering, Jim Lee is right now working as an Operation Manager in Nike to support a team building workplaces and creating great work experience for employees across Greater China. Prior to joining in Nike, he was involved in managing a big lease portfolio for commercial real estate in a Hong Kong owned developer.

This June, Jim came to USA for biz trip in Beaverton, where Nike HQ is located; being a good friend with Jolin, Jim had his first interview session on radio to talk about his life and himself during his visit in New York, which will be cherished memory and an unforgettable experience.

In his spare time, Jim is keen on all sports, great food, music, reading and travel around the world.

Episode 66

Guest Speaker: Leslie Li

Producer/Director, The Kim Loo Sisters

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The Kim Loo Sisters

Daughters of a Chinese ‘paper son’ and a Polish dressmaker, the Kimmies are four remarkable women.  The first Chinese American act to star in Broadway musical revues, Alice, Maggie, Jenée and Bubbles cut their theatrical teeth in kiddie revues in their hometown of Minneapolis during the Jazz Age, performed on the national vaudeville circuit during the Great Depression, and rose to stardom on Broadway and Hollywood screens as a popular jazz vocal quartet during the Second World War....

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Leslie Li

Leslie is the author of three books — Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes(Arcade), Bittersweet: A Novel (Tuttle), and Enter the Dragon, a book of children’s plays based on three Chinese folktales (Main Street Arts Press).  She has written feature articles and personal essays for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Gourmet, Saveur, Travel & Leisure and Garden Design. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Thai and Chinese and in early 2011 her culinary memoir will be translated into Portuguese.


Episode 65

Guest Speaker: Jenkin Yin Xia 夏垠



Graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism, Yin Xia currently is working for Cheetah Mobile U.S. office as a marketing manager.


She has been traveling in between the West Coast and the East Coast to help the Chinese tech company to grow its oversea presence, brand awareness, and market shares.


Previously she worked as a tech journalist in San Francisco Bay Area, and is considered a supporter to the idea that technology makes life better. Being in the U.S. for about 3 years, she is still seeking and finding passions in work, life and the intersection of different cultures.

Episode 64

Guest Speaker: Renee Yang 杨帆

M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, NYU

Research Consultant, Hogan Assessment Systems


Nothing is more valuable than the personal growth, mentally and physically. In the past 15 months, Renee has been facing many challenges while making decisions. It is inspiring to see how her faith and belief in herself and a bright future would have helped her turn challenges into opportunities.  


Renee is now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, woking in the psychology and consulting industry.

Episode 63

Guest Speaker: Joy Xu

2015 Edward Auer Piano Workshop

June 4th to 14th, 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Joy Xu is a freelancing artists and talents manager. Her professional inspiration is to foster multicultural appreciation by organizing arts events, promoting culture exchange and education, as well as raising fund and awareness.


2015 Edward Auer Piano Workshop is from June 4 to June 14, featuring Concerto Competition, Solo Competition, Entrance Audition, Masterclasses, Private Lessons, and Concerts. Mix and mingle with faculty and fellow participants at parties and snack times. For more info, please visit:


Episode 62

Guest Speaker: Takehiro Ueyama, Founder and

Artistic Director of TAKE Dance Company

TAKE Dance Celebrates company's 10th Anniversay, premieres THERE AND HERE

Time: Thursday March 26th to Saturday March 28th, 7:30pm

Venue: Michael Schimmel Center for Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce St, NYC

TAKE Dance, the New York City-based contemporary dance troupe led by Artistic Director/Founder Takehiro Ueyama, presents THERE AND HERE - three nights of an evening-length, world premiere work by Takehiro Ueyama in celebration of the Company’s 10th Anniversary Season on Thursday, March 26th, Friday, March 27th & Saturday, March 28th at NYC’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. 


THERE AND HERE represents a new level of ambition for TAKE Dance’s annual New York City Season, challenging choreographer Takehiro Ueyama to create his second-ever full-evening work, this time on the theme of the process of life and the nature of the afterlife. Joining Ueyama on what will be their first collaborative exploration will be the award-winning musician, composer and producer Hideki Kato, noted Mexican fashion designer César Alcocer and several Special Guest performers who have been associated with TAKE Dance throughout its first successful decade of dance. 


Founder Takehiro Ueyama is a former Paul Taylor dancer and Japanese baseball player before he launched his own company.

Episode 61

Guest Speaker: Anton Gazenbeek

Argentine Tango Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Historian, and Author.

Anton Gazenbeek is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer of Argentine Tango, as well as historian and author. He has performed at all the major milongas in Buenos Aires as well as on tour in Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada where he frequetly performs with world-renowned symphony orchestras. He has also partnered with some of the top female top dancers in the world.


As a historian he has written countless articles on the history of tango, lectured at Stanford University, Harvard University, Julliard, MIT, and Hamburg University in Germany as well as given numerous lectures and presentationsat the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C. His books Inside Tango Argentino, and A Selection of Writings on Argentine Tango are the first two in a series on the evolution of tango and he is currently working on the third and fourth editions in that series. 

Episode 60

Guest Speaker: Amina Zhaman

Actress, Singer, Producer, Composer, Playwriter, Director...

Amina Zhaman is a multi-faceted talent whose name has been at the top list for her versatile skills in singing, acting, composing, producing, writing and directing plays. She is a graduate of The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. Amina has performed in front of millions at the most prestigious music halls in Russia, Canada and China. She also gave her first solo concert at River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver, B.C. on Valentine's Day during the Winter Olympics in 2010. 

In her new movie "Right To Love", Amina plays the lead part and shared her Circassia culture with the audience.

Episode 59

Guest Speaker: Wentao Xing

Producer, Composer, Musician

Wentao Xing, New York-based producer, audio engineer, video editor, composer, double bassist, electric bassist, pianist and vocalist with experience in genres spanning classical, world and popular music. Professional experience includes producing concerts at the United Nations Headquarters, Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian Museum, New York University, and the Manhattan School of Music. 

Episode 58

Guest Speaker: Dong Liu

Musician, Composer

Dong Liu is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and pianist. His music works included film scorings, game music, concert music, and theatre music featured with typical Chinese traditional elements. He is a graduate student at NYU, studying film scoring and technology, and he completed his undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University.


He has composed and directed a variety of critically acclaimed films and shows, from the Russian drama "Dead Souls,"which performed in Xie Jin, to Inception, which premiered at the Lincoln Center, to Terra Cotta, for the National Dance Institute, to the celebration show for the National Day of China. He won the grand prize at the National Commercial Music Festival, for his work in anime scoring, and the bronze award given by the National Student Computer Competition by the Ministry of Education in China for his composition and orchestration for the video game Final Fantasy XIII. He is also the music director for "Sparkling Years", New York University Chinese Students and Scholars Association Annual Gala at Lincoln Center.


Episode 57

Time: Thursday, Oct 2nd, 2014

Venue: JCC Center (334 Amsterdam Ave, 10023)


Guest Speaker: Zen Arts Concert Musicians 

Dong Liu, Yiguo Yan, Yiru Wang, Rongxin Peng, Danny Leo, Ofer Bashan

Zen Arts Concert is a truly unique experience. It combines Eastern Buddhist philosophy and meditation practices with elements of classical Western music to bring something wholly new to New York.  

This unique concert integrates peaceful meditation with intellectually and aesthetically stimulating music to create a positive, healthy, and relaxing experience. Zen Arts Concerts are designed to be therapeutic, and audiences will be able to take a new sense of awareness and peace that they will be able to carry with them through life. 

Musicians are all young professionals and graduate students who are pursuing different majors and careers in music composition, music performance, music therapy, visual arts, and performing arts administration at different universities and conservatories. They came together in pursuit of a new type of artistic work that allows the body, mind and spirit to function together harmoniously. 

Episode 56

Guest Speaker: Doria Jiaoyue Lyu

Gu Qin/Piano Soloist, Calligrapher, Educator for Children with special needs

Jiaoyue Lyu is an outstanding pianist, guqin performer, calligrapher and education for children with special needs. She has held several solo concerts for both piano and guqin in China. She performed Clear Moon Inspiring Rhyme Strings, the first ever guqin concert in the 110-year history of Nanjing Normal University. This concert was chronicled by the school and reported on by notable Chinese media organizations. 


In June of 2014, Ms. Lyu performed her guqin recital: Serene Moon——Jiaoyue Lyu Guqin Recital at Carnegie Hall. The recital shared traditional Chinese music with American audiences, and was the first ever guqin recital at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Lyu has also performed as a member of the NYU Jazz Choir and University Singers at New York Fashion Week and other venues in NYC and Japan. She was also invited several times to perform guqin at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. 


Lyu is also proficient in Chinese calligraphy and has won many awards in China and abroad. One of her calligraphy pieces was selected to be a part of the permanent collection in The China Painting and Calligraphy Institution in 2003. As a music educator, Ms. Lyu is the assistant of NYU Children’s Chorus with professor Elaine Gates and Music Education for Children with Special Needs with Professor Elise S Sobol.

Episode 55

Guest Speaker: Teriver Cheung


Teriver Cheung is a international touring guitarists/composers Currently based in New York City, the Hong Kong native had the opportunities to tour and perform with Eddie Gomez, George Garzone, Billy Drummond, Bernard Wright, Taylor Eigsti. He had brought his music internationally to the US, Poland, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia,Indonesia, Taiwan and Mexico.


As a versatile musician, Teriver is not limited as a Jazz guitarist. He co-lead a soul/funk group called ‘Nuf Said and has been performing regularly in New York City. The band is scheduled to record its first album in Jan 2012 followed by a CD release tour. Teriver also works as a freelance guitarist for different R&B, Hip Hop, and singer song writer projects.

With the strong influences of traditional/ modern classical, jazz, rock, pop, electronic and world music, Teriver’s music seeks to push the envelope of music boundary. As a result his music refused to be classified in one genre. As he enjoys taking risks and bringing surprises, his music is always full of passion and excitement.

Episode 54

Guest Speaker: Yoonie Han

Concert Pianist, Steinway Artist

Praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and her “musical imagination and feel for complex textures” (Washington Post),South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her performances in major concert halls around the world.


Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 13, Ms. Han has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Philharmonic, Banff Festival Orchestra and I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan under such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Leif Segerstam, Philippe Entremont and Lior Shambadal. She has played such celebrated venues as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and Frick Collections in US, Berlin Philharmonie in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Se-Jong Performing Arts Center in Korea.


Ms. Han received her bachelor’s degree in music from the Curtis Institute, studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School as a student of Robert McDonald. She is pursuing her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook and studying with Philippe Entremont.

Episode 53

Guest Speaker: JunYi Chow

Composer and Music Copyist

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, JunYi Chow began studying piano and music theory at the age of 5. He gained admittance into Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2005. After graduation in 2011, Chow began a master’s degree program in the U.S. at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, completing it in May 2013 as a student of P.Q. Phan. Chow’s music has been performed in many places including Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, the United States, and Canada. 


In July 2010, Chow received sponsorship from the Goethe Institute of Malaysia to attend the 45th Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. In December 2010, his first symphonic work Getaran was commissioned and premiered by the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and was performed in “Past & Present” –a concert that toured Kuantan, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.  In May 2011, Chow’s ensemble piece A Night without Voices was performed in the concert “Malaysian Voices,” curated by the Malaysian composer Kee Yong Chong and presented by New Music Concerts in Toronto, Canada.  In October 2012, Chow presented his composition recital in fulfillment of his master’s degree at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.


Chow is currently composing and working in New York City.

Episode 52

Guest Speaker: Fangyuan Chen

Welcome Fangyuan back to the show. Hear her stories as a world traveler, a teacher, and a freelancer writer. Just as she said: The harder you work, the luckier you will be." 

Episode 51

Guest Speaker: Bora Yoon

News: New Miltimedia Album, SUNKEN CATHEDRAL Released on April 23rd, 2014.

Korean-American Composer and sound artist Bora Yoon creates immersive audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voices and found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries - evoking memory and association, to formulate a cinematic storytelling through sound design. A site-specific and architectural composer, Yoon writes for a wide spectrum of spaces ranging from an abandoned pool, a Frank Gehry buidling, to galleries and black box theaters. A 2014 TED fellow, Yoon's pioneering works have been presented by Lincoln Center, BAM, and Park Avenue Armory, among others. Hear Yoon's stories of how she was fascinated by the intersection of space and sound, maps, human Venn diagrams, handsome sounding kitchenware, sonorities, and the pulleys and strings that hold everything together. Check out 

Episode 50

April 27th, 2014

Guest Speaker: Di Huang 黄迪

He is the President of New York Institute of Technology - Chinese Students and Scholars Association. He is member of Chinese University Alumni Alliance, and China Council for the promotion of Peaceful National Unification. However, I am amazed not just by his titles and positions, but the fact that he is so versitle and has such insightful life perspectives. On top of that, he is a songwriter, he draws, he plays guitars... 

Episode 49

April 20th, 2014

Guest Speaker: Jolin Yang 杨舒

Guest Host: Ashley Chang 常雅玲

I started this show "Dream New York, Jolin Weekly" 1 year ago. I am honored and thrilled to have been doingthis for a year. Thank you all the people who have supported me. 

Special Episode about me, Jolin Yang.


Thank you Ashley for being such a great host and asking so many great questions that I have wanted to share.

Episode 48

April 13th, 2014

Guest: Emily Vartanian 

(Artistic Director of General Mischief Dance Theatre)

NEWS: Performance Season: RASCALS WITH ALTITUDE at the Collenny Theatre



Friday, April 2t at 8pm//Saturday, April 26 at 8pm//Sunday, April 27 at 5pm

Friday, May 2 at 8:00pm//Saturday, May 3 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm//Sunday, May 4 at 3:00pm

General Mischief is dedicated to reinforcing the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas, as well as to encourage the natural desire to express oneself through movement.

RASCALS WITH ALTITUDE is the sixth full-length, and eleventh total, production created by General Mischief Dance Theatre. Using General Mischief's athletic, playful style of movement and clever storytelling, the production features stories told on the ground and in the air.

Hear Emily talk about the peformances and support the Kickstarter project:

Episode 47

March 23rd, 2014

Guest: Nikki Wu (吴承静)

I am excited to have Nikki on my program during her short business trip in the US. Work+ travel+learn +play, Nikki's dream is to step on every country of the world. As a a Marketing director of a non-traditional Chinese percussion company, Nikki commites to bring the company to the world. 

Episode 46

March 16th, 2014

Guest: Jeremiah Zhe Liu

Jeremiah is currently studying Public Health at Harvard University. From Connecticut to Iowa to massachusetts, Jeremiah will be sharing his life in US since high school. He knows literature, he knows arts, he follows his heart and heading towards his big goals step by step. 

Episode 45

March 9th, 2014

Guest: Soo Jin Cho

Soo Jin cho got her Bacholor's degree from NYU, and she is cureently based in Seoul, Korea while achieving her Master's Degree. With a strong interest in Politics and international relations, she studied abroad and traveled around the world, including Egypt, Austria, Deutschland, Israel, prague etc. 

Episode 44

March 2nd, 2014

Guest: Fangyuan Chen (陈芳媛)


As a music teacher, a world traveler, ana writer. "Teach, Travel, Write, Eat, Love" is her philosophy of life. Check out Fangyuan 's blog:  Her writings has been published in many main magazines. 

Episode 43

February 23rd, 2014

Guest: Winnie Kexin Chen (陈可心)

Winnie is Master student at NYU majoring in Public Relations. It is great to see this girl's journal in New York ever since she got her Bachlor's degree in Advertising from Communication University of China. Winnie is a open-minided girl who loves to travel and to meet people of different backgrounds. PR is a lifestyle, isn't it? 

Episode 42

February 16th, 2014

Guest: Negin Moss (Negin Sharifzadeh)

(Multi-Discipline Visual Artist with a focus on Short Animated Films)

Negin Sharifzadeh, born in Tehran, Iran, is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer and filmmaker based in New York. Growing up in one of the world’s most historically and socially complex regions in the wake of revolution, she is fascinated by the mechanisms and interplay of different natural, emotional, and political systems. Her work explores how these systems are composed; how information, energy and material are codified within them; and how bodies are impacted by and interact with them. She has explored these themes through multiple mediums including sculpture, performance, installations, and increasingly combining all of these mediums in stop-motion animation.

Check out for more information about Negin.

Episode 41

February 9th, 2014

Guests: Daizhen Zou邹岱桢 & Liyuan Liu刘力源

I am thrilled to have Daizhen and Liyuan on the show during their world travel. Graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland, these two happy people will talk about the city of Dublin, its music and sculptures, and their experience living there. The show will also cover interesting things including Irish Pub, beer culture, St. Patrick's day, "Once" the Broadway show etc.. They are world travelers, they are dremers, they have a perspective of what a high-quality life should be like. 


Valentine's Day Special: Happy couple will share their love story. Let's wish them all the best in the future. 

Episode 40

February 2nd, 2014

Guest: Eunbi Kim

New York City-based pianist Eunbi Kim produces modern interdisciplinary concert experiences. Her most recent project “Murakami Music”, a series of multi-disciplinary presentations based on the writings of novelist Haruki Murakami, was incubated and presented at the cell theatre in Chelsea and also presented at Symphony Space this past season.

Eunbi graduated with her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music where she also held a fellowship at The Center for Music. Eunbi was one of 50 artists accepted into the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. 

Eunbi has also been teaching private piano for several years and maintains a private teaching studio, Silver Bee Studio.

For more information about Eunbi Kim, check out

Episode 39

January 26th, 2014

Guest: Kara Li 李欣航

Kara, as a regular model for New York Fashion Week, she enjoys the spotlight. As Miss Photogenic and Top 5 at Miss Asian Pageant, she is beautiful from inside out. She volunteered in Haiti, she traveled around the world, she has the spirit that everything could be accomplished as long as you go for it with no fear. 

Episode 38

January 19th, 2014

Guest: Faith Zhang, Jonathan Jiang

(CEO and CFO of 路路行旅游)

Jolin is thrillied to bring Faith and Jonathan to the show. This fun and happy couple travel around the world, and they see travel as their espressions, passion, and life style.Faith established lulutrip路路行 in 2007, which was the first Chinese-language travel service in the market to introduce an advanced online tour booking platform, which allows their customers worldwide to reserve and purchase tours 24/7. Just like her name, Faith is a brave and hardworking woman who is ready to take risks and to try new things. Jonathan, her husband, brings his skills, perspectives and vision to the team. Let's wish this wonderful couple and company all the best in 2014!

Episode 37

January 12th, 2014

Guest: Fung Chern Hwei 冯承晖

Fung Chern Hwei is a New York based freelance violinist. Grew up in Malaysia, he was influenced by a variety genras of music. He is the currently the first violinist of Sirius Quartet, a string quartet based in New York City. On Dec 21st, 2013, he led a group of 30 adventurous musicans for a fundraising concert to help Typhoon Haiyan victims. On Jan 17th, 2014, his new band "Fungal Bloom", will be performing its debut with original material at Shapeshifter Lab. For more information, check out

Episode 36

January 5th, 2014

Guest: Nai-Ni Chen

(Artistic Director and Founder of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company)

Nai-Ni Chen, founder and artistic director of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to my show. Nai-Ni Chen Dance is a cross culture contemporary dance company. During the show, Nai-Ni will share her stories, experiences, hard work, dreams, and her perspectives towards the dance industry internationally. This episode will also feature their "Lunar New Year Celebration" Performance presented by Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Walt Whitman Theatre on Sunday, Jan 26th, at 3pm. For more info about the event on Jan 26th at BCBC, check out || For more information about Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, check out

Episode 35

December 29th, 2013

Guest: Lucy Qi Lu 卢琦

Lucy is studying International Education at Columbia University, and she was my coworker at a PR company. Let's hear about her 6-month cruise journey across half the globe. Let's hear about her prospectives toward adult education and leadership training. 

Episode 34

December 22nd, 2013

Guest: Xi Yun Gu 顾希韫

Xi Yun graduated from Cornell University's MPA program. She has much to share about her experience at the United Nations and World Bank. Grown up in Shanghai, 1 year of study-abroad in Europe, her goal is to know the world from country to country.

Episode 33

December 8th, 2013

Guest: Renee Yang 杨帆

Renee got her Master's degree from NYU, and is working in Tulsa, OK now. I love her sincerity, her hard work, her dedication to the future. For so many people, she is a cup of warn chocolate that warm our heart.

Episode 32

December 1st, 2013

Guest: George Gee 

(Band Leader of George Gee Swing Orchestra)

Welcome our special guest George Gee for more of his life stories, swing music journey, and dreams.  Please help George Gee Swing Orchestra's Kickstarter Campaign "Swing makes you happy".

Episode 31

November 24th, 2013

Guest: Valentine Zhang 张今

Join Valentina Jin Zhang and me for an extremely content-rich episode! I got to know Valentina 5 years ago, and thought her a beautiful pro Chinese folk dancer. 2 years ago, I found her also a talented manager when she got in to the MPA program at NYU. After talking with her recently, I was amazed at her broad knowledge and deep understanding of the traditional and folk culture. Now I know what she is really really great and smart at is: to live a life full of peace, appreciation, courage, love, and the ability to make herself a better and stronger woman while a sweetheart at the same time.

Episode 30

November 17th, 2013

Guest: Jennifer J. Peng 彭景

Jenny got her Master's degree from John Hopkins University, and came to New York to get exposed to a bigger world. From Yue Yang, China, to D.C., to New York, what's her perspectives? She has so many friends from different countries, what's her definition of culture difference and mutual connection?

Episode 29

November 10th, 2013

Guest: Cyndi Xu Liu 刘旭

With a background of law, She choose arts administration because of the commitment to arts. As a ballroom dancer, she follows her heart here and is being trained to be better. As a Chinese, she is working to build a bridge for a better culture communication and arts exchange between us and the world. 

Episode 28

November 3rd, 2013

Guest: Frances Jin 金婧雯

Frances is back after her talk 3 months ago. She has her own website about healthy from inside out, she is writer for a magazine and working hard to be a columnist, she is a wonderful psychology doctor and good friend for her patients.... A girl could get even so much better in less than 100 days!

Episode 27

October 27th, 2013

Guest: Joanne Yang Lan 兰洋

From University of Cambridge to NYU, from China to London to LA to New York, what is her story? With a background in Economics and public relations, what is her perspective? She loves arts, and got so much into Ballroom dance recently. For me, Joanne is a perfect example of the modern/very successful-to-be woman from inside to outside in this era. 

Episode 26

October 20th, 2013

Guest: Mini Zhu 朱旻忆

Mini, a teacher, a warm-hearted sweetheart inspired me, and I am sure you will feel the same way as I do. She volunteers, she teaches, she smiles. she explores her own heart and spirit.

Episode 25

October 13th, 2013

Guest: Rui Wang 王瑞

Rui Wang is back with a more amazing experience and perspective. Her life, for me, like a dream. Daniel Radcliff? Juan Ferrero? You will be interested to know how they change and lead Rui's journey and vision. Rui is a life long traveler, a girl with a free and wide heart, a girl who never stops experiencing, a girl who is still on the way to be a better and happier her. 

Episode 24

October 6th, 2013

Guest: Steven Qu 屈圣汶

Steven will be talking about the topic of international students' post graduation job searching. 

Episode 23

September 29th, 2013

Guest: Jolin 杨舒

Guest host: Patricia 孙茜婧

I am blessed to have Praticia, a real media girl to interview me. It is so fun and lucky to be as a guest and share my experience.

Episode 22

September 22nd, 2013

Guest: Patricia Sun 孙茜婧

Patricia is a visiting scholar at University of Chicago. She graduated from the same collage as me in Shanghai, and we were both in the orchestra performing abroad. As a young generation, we never stop thinking and leaning to be independent and brave. As a life explorer, we have both met new people and had different experiences ever since we came to US. We have a open heart, we are sincere to people who are sincere to us as well. We both feel lucky to have met the other in our life.