Richie Goods and Chien Chien Lu: 'Connected'VIEW EVENT DETAILS
Friday, September 29, 2023
7 p.m. Reception
8 p.m. Performance
Join Asia Society Texas for an electric evening with jazz-funk bassist Richie Goods and vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer Chien Chien Lu as they perform selections from their collaborative jazz album Connected, which was named "Best Instrumental Album" in the 34th Golden Melody Awards!
During the COVID-19 lockdown, Goods and Lu's conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-Asian violence inspired them to collaborate on a project to unify people and invoke imagery of love and peace, resulting in the musical arrangements The Path (September 2020), We Three Kings (November 2020), and Rain (December 2021). Cementing their musical partnership, the pair released the album Connected in January 2023.
In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a festive holiday in Taiwan and many other countries in East and Southeast Asia, join us as Goods and Lu present an exciting, energetic listening experience.
“Rarely does an album come about that defines an era but Connected is one such album. As Billie Holiday gave us Strange Fruit and Gil Scott Heron gave us Small Talk at 125th & Lenox, Richie Goods and Chien Chien’s Connected is a musical historical landmark for our time.” — Andromeda Turre, Sirius XM Real Jazz Host
This concert is being presented as part of the "Spotlight Taiwan" project.
About the Artists
Chien Chien Lu is a vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer whose Taiwanese upbringing, classical music education, and passion for R&B grooves crystallize into a fresh and distinctive approach to contemporary jazz. Chien Chien’s fierce authenticity and jazz mastery shine bright on her September 2020 debut solo project, The Path, which spent 20 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts Top 20. After coming to the US she received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2017, she attended the prestigious Banff Jazz Residency under the direction of jazz pianist, Vijay Iye, where she met jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. From there, she began to perform regularly in the U.S. and was invited to join the esteemed Jeremey Pelt Quintet where she met and began collaborating with Richie Goods.
New York bassist Richie Goods is one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished bass players and the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame. He came to prominence while touring and recording with the late Mulgrew Miller and credits him for much of his success. Richie went on to make a name for himself through recording and touring with a variety of jazz and popular artists including Sting, The Headhunters, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, Lenny White, Milt Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lisa Fischer, The Manhattan Transfer, and Christina Aguilera. Richie received critical acclaim for his multiple recordings including his 2019 release My Left Hand Man, recorded with The Goods Project, a self-produced tribute to his mentor Mulgrew Miller, which spent 36 weeks on the JazzWeek charts in 2020.
Education and Outreach programs at Asia Society Texas are presented by AARP and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by Cathay Bank Foundation and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas.
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About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.
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