Daytona Beach Campus

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Honors Program Presents Musical Group Wu-Force

NPR: The Wu-Force Merges Appalachian Folk and Punk Sensibility with Traditional Chinese Music

Daytona Beach, FL, January 28, 2014

Wu Force Musical Group

L-R: Kai Welch, Wu Fei, and Abigail Washburn.

WHAT: The Wu-Force performs at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus Feb. 7, fresh off a well-received performance at New York City’s GlobalFEST. This concert is presented by the Embry-Riddle Honors Program, with all proceeds (and donations) benefitting the Champion Elementary School music program.

From Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR: “If you've encountered banjo phenomenon Abigail Washburn before, you might know that she's loved China for a long time. In fact, it was her plan to study law at Beijing University that led her to her chosen instrument a little more than a decade ago: She'd wanted to bring "something American" with her to China and started to learn old-time music — and found her destiny.

In a newly formed trio called The Wu-Force, with multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch and guzheng (plucked zither) master artist Wu Fei — a group self-described as a Kungfu-Appalachian-Indie-Folk-Rock trio — the three create new music inspired by everything from Peking opera to American punk. Their sound and staging are a little loopy, but The Wu-Force's interplay of fearless instrumentation, delicate playing and intriguing storytelling makes for a memorable set.”

Listen to excerpts of The Wu-Force’s recent GlobalFEST performance on NPR.org: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/09/261095667/the-wu-force-globalfest-2014

WHERE: Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium, Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL. Click here for a map of the campus.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Available at Willie Miller Instructional Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Embry-Riddle students will be admitted free with EAGLEcards; tickets for non-students will be $10.

MEDIA CONTACT: James Roddey, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; (386) 226-6198; james.roddey@erau.edu.

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