North American Guqin Association

"Wang Fei and her Friends" yaji

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Join the North American Guqin Association (NAGA) on Sunday, April 18th at 7:00 pm for NAGA's upcoming new series ˇ°Wang Fei and her Friends' yajiˇ±.


This series adapts the form from that of the traditional yaji (an ancient term dating back 2,000 years, translating roughly as ˇ°elegant gatheringˇ±, and similar to a French salon). Yajis have traditionally been centered on guqin music, along with calligraphy, poetry, painting and other art forms.


The idea of this series is for:

1.      Artists of various backgrounds to come together to share their knowledge, deepening their friendship as they cultivate their respective scholarly and artistic pursuits.

2.      Artists who are interested in exploring other art forms to inspire your works and interested in multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

3.      For audiences to gain a better understanding of how artists work and collaborate with other artists, and share their own reactions and feedback.

4.      Yajis are an excellent opportunity for NAGA members and students to play the qin, chat about the qin, meet qin friends face to face instead of online, listen to qin music by different players, probably from different teachers or schools, play instruments made by various qin makers, and exchange information on the qin.


As the first project in ˇ°Wang Fei and her Friends yajiˇ± is conjunction with NAGA's new production ˇ°Beyond a museum piece 2: From Before the Tang Dynasty to Todayˇ± which will be featured at the San Francisco International Art Festival on May 30th, 2010 at 7:30pm at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.


If you are interested in being involved with this production, finding out what happens behind the scenes, seeing work in progress, meeting the artists in person, providing feedback and volunteering the project, please join us.


This first yaji features Professor Lindy Mark, famous Kunqu opera scholar; Professor Chu Kai, calligrapher and multimedia producer; Gao Jun, award-winning dizi and xiao player.


If you plan to perform something, please sign up and submit your program by clicking Letting us know in advance gives you priority for inclusion in the event schedule.


Time:  7:00 pm, Sunday, April 18th

Place:  Union City Library

34007 Alvarado-Niles Road

Union City, CA

For directions click here


The yaji is open to the public. Cost: Free with RSVP ( Space is limited and riority will be given to artists, NAGA funders, supporters, and volunteers, and to students who will enroll in the upcoming NAGA classes: 4 Day Intensive Guqin Workshop with Wang Fei and Chinese poetry through the guqin: a practical tool to learn Chinese language and culture .


Call for Volunteers


We are looking for volunteers for this event.

ˇ¤       Videographer

ˇ¤       Photographer

ˇ¤       Translator/writer

ˇ¤       Marketing specialist

ˇ¤       Graphic designer

ˇ¤       Stage hands


Please email your experience to

Call for Support

NAGA's events have been supported by The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and The Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation, and friends of the North American Guqin Association, especially Xiaopei He Gelb, E. Moy and K. Chu.

If you are interested in supporting NAGA's events, please send donations to:

North American Guqin Association, PO BOX 7113, Fremont, CA 94537-7113

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About NAGA

The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to the public presentation and preservation of the art of the guqin, spreading community appreciation of Chinese culture through the traditional art of the guqin and building a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American communities. NAGA offers guqin classes, performances, recordings, workshops etc.

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