Festival Performers

Watch exciting cultural performances under the main tent on Sunday as the race finals take place on the Charles. Keep reading below for information about the performers. Refer also to the schedule of performances.

 

Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture (CCCC)

Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture, founded in 1991, is one of the largest Chinese culture centers in the Greater Boston Area. Its Art Troupe consists of a dance group, music ensemble, and a drumming group. This troupe has been active in various communities, bringing authentic Chinese performing art to a wide audience. Since its founding in 1994, the troupe has appeared at over 170 performances, including performing for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, fundraising events for the Tsunami in Asia and Hurricane Katrina, and events in China. Some of their dances won top prizes at Boston area Chinese dance competitions.

www.bostoncccc.org

 

Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Associate (GBCCA)

A medley of Chinese Music, dances and yo-yo, will be performed by the GBCCA Chinese Music Youth Ensemble, directed by Chi-Sun Chan, the Little Dragon Girls and the Yo-Yo Team, taught and choreographed my Min Luo, Ke Ke, and Judy Ting. GBCCA Huaxin School of Arts provides the opportunity for youths to learn and to appreciate the diversity of Chinese music, visual and performing arts in a systematic manner. Currently, the School offers traditional Chinese dance, yo-yo, painting and calligraphy, sword dance, martial arts, and Chinese instruments such as guzhen, yangqin, erhu and dizi classes. These classes are for children and youths between 5 and 18 with group and semi-private lessons. For more information please visit:

www.gbcca.org

 

Odaiko New England

Odaiko New England (ONE) began drumming in 1994 and is fast becoming one of the premier taiko ensembles on the East Coast. By combining Japanese aesthetic sensibility with the bold American spirit, ONE is forging its own modern distinctive style and voice as it challenges the very definition of the art of taiko.

Brought together by a common love of drumming, the members and supporters of Odaiko New England reflect the rich cultural diversity of New England. Through performances, workshops, lecture demonstrations, and ongoing taiko classes, and through creating opportunities for communities to drum together, ONE’s wish is to proudly share heritage with as many people as possible in the hopes that it will enrich the lives of those who are touched by the sound of the taiko.

www.onetaiko.org

 

Wah Lum Kung Fu

Wah Lum Kung Fu of the U.S.A. was started by Grandmaster Chan Pui in Boston 38 years ago. He was one of the first martial artists to place a great importance on diversity and to start a school open to all who would work hard to master the art. Sifu Bob Rosen has been teaching Wah Lum Kung Fu since 1979 and currently operates the New England headquarters in Boston’s Chinatown. He continues the proud tradition of developing first rate martial artists of all ages through the rigorous physical training of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu balanced by a philosophy that stresses self control, respect for others, fellowship and hard work.

www.wahlumpai.us

 

Jae Hun Kim Taekwon-do Institute

Jae Hun Kim Taekwon-do Institute, one of the best known Taekwondo schools in the world is located right here in the Boston area.  The institute was selected as the World School of the Year in 2009 by Mookas Media, and Mr. Kim was selected as 2012 Grand Master of the Year by Taekwondo Times. 

The headquarters school was established by Mr. Kim in 1974 on Brookline Avenue where he teaches classes daily for his students.  Mr. Kim’s teaching style combines an analytical approach acquired through his studies at MIT and Harvard, with special expertise developed in the East by Taekwondo masters.  This unique teaching style has garnered much success for the institute, which now operates 31 schools around the world.

If you are interested in learning Taekwondo, anyone living in the Greater Boston area can learn directly from this world renowned teacher.  The institute is accepting new students now, so please visit our website (www.tkd-boston.com) and select the location of your convenience to start your Taekwondo training.”

 

Yazhi Guo

Yazhi Guo, is widely known as the best ‘suona’ player in Asia. (The 'suona' is an instrument originally from the Middle East, transformed and evolved in China.) Yazhi Guo is also a multi-instrumentalist, specialized in woodwinds and also a music innovator.

He graduated with distinction from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and have won many international awards including the Grand Prize at New York’s International Pro Musicis Award (1998), and the Hong Kong Award for Best Artist (2012).

Yazhi Guo invented the flexible core of the ‘suona’, a movable reed, which allows the musician to play the ‘suona’ with complicated modulations and inflections, allowing the ‘suona’ to play in the Eastern as well as the Western orchestras.

He has performed with many orchestras around the world including Orchestra de la Suisse Switzerland, South Korea Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgium’s Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan. Yazhi Guo also performed at the Official State Banquet in Beijing for visiting President Bill Clinton in 1998, as well as at CCTV and at several large-scale solo concerts entitled “Guo Yazhi’s Wind Music World: Legend of Suona” to a sold-out audience at prestigious venues in Hong Kong and China. Yazhi Guo has performed alongside top Asian superstar such as Hacken Lee & Anthony Wong.

He now resides in Boston, collaborating with musicians from various generations, cross-genres, and cultures, after attending Berklee College of Music. He has also lectured at Harvard University.

 

World United Qipao Association Boston Branch

World United Qipao Association Boston Branch was founded in June 2015. The purpose of this organization is to love and promote traditional Chinese Culture. The main goal is to communicate, cooperate and share our common interests. Our idea is to build up a platform to explore the ways to inherit and promote Chinese culture.