Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra to Present Concert Featuring Special Guest Musician Guo Yazhi at El Camino College Center for the Arts
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Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra to Present Concert Featuring Special Guest Musician Guo Yazhi at El Camino College Center for the Arts

The celebrated Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra will present an evening of jazz featuring prominent guest musician Guo Yazhi at 8 p.m. May 10 in Marsee Auditorium as part of the El Camino College Center for the Arts’ 50th anniversary season.

The evening will feature the premiere performance of “Camel Walk,” a collaboration between Guo, a renowned wind player, and composer/keyboardist and ECC faculty member Alan Chan, winner of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) George Duke Commissioning Prize and ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest in the Netherlands.

Inspired by the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West, “Camel Walk” weaves between orchestration and spontaneity, combining the essence of not only the culture of East and West, but also jazz. The “Camel Walk” project began in 2016 with Chan and the Boston-based Guo, widely known as the best suona (Chinese trumpet) player in the world. His innovations allow the folk instrument to play in large modern orchestras, greatly broadening the expressive force of the suona. Guo also plays saxophone, clarinet, piccolo, flute, pipe, sheng, ocarina, cucurbit flute, and even leaf flutes.

Chan is a critically acclaimed jazz artist who has lived and toured in the United States, Asia and Europe. Orchestras, jazz bands, and college and high school bands, including the Grammy-nominated Brussels Jazz Orchestra, have performed his work. 

The 17-piece Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra (ACJO) was founded in 2011 and is comprised of top Los Angeles studio and jazz musicians. The group’s debut album, “Shrimp Tale,” was released in 2014 to rave reviews and radio play across the country. ACJO continues to appear in Los Angeles venues. Chan has recently collaborated with Chinese instrumentalists to explore the possibility of merging jazz, improvisation and traditional Chinese vibes into an innovative form. ACJO’s new project, “Moon Walk,” with pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen premiered on the West Coast in Los Angeles in August 2018 and on the East Coast in New York City in February 2019. 

Tickets for “Camel Walk” are $10-$26 and may be purchased at www.centerforthearts.org using the online ticketing system or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

April 25, 2019