E`-Bon E`-Bon (Mandarin for one-half one-half) is a new work from Portland vocalist Lyndee Mah that weaves music, monologue, dramatic images and song into a performance memoir about her Chinese-Welsh-American heritage.
A compelling narrative traces Mah's Welsh forbears from the 1700s and two generations of her Chinese ancestors across two oceans in search of brighter economic futures in America. These immigrant stories are told through visual imagery and video interwoven with Mah's versatile improvised musical stylings and performance art.
The second half of the show blends live storytelling, song, and borderline stand-up comedy to depict what it was like growing up "half-Chinese" in 1960s Idaho and Mah's search to find a place of belonging. Thought-provoking and moving, Mah's sharp wit sheds light on the complicated experience of being E`-Bon E`-Bon in America.
Thurs, Fri & Sat: 7:00 PM Doors, 7:30 PM Curtain
Sat & Sun Matinee: 1:30 PM Doors, 2:00 PM Curtain
Advanced Sales: General Admission $18, Senior & Student $14. $25 at the door.
Groups of 10 or more $10/each.
Thursday April 10th preview all seats $10
A vocal performing artist based in Portland, Oregon, Lyndee Mah consistently captivates and entertains audiences with her powerful and supple voice. She has been described as 'a pure-voiced diva' by Dance Magazine and as "completely magnetic" by Paperback Jukebox.
Her 20+ year artistic career personifies musical diversity, spanning numerous styles and forms including jazz, classical, gospel, country and western, and live improvisation. An accomplished performer, Mah contributes her unique vocalizations to dance, visual art, and theater performances, as well as to corporate videos and industrial films.
Mah's many projects include co-founding Pink Martini, creative musical direction for the Gregg Bielemeier Dance Project, concerts with Grammy-nomiated pianist Janice Scroggins, artistic residencies with composer/pianist Bernadette Speach and poet Thulani Davis, spoken word adaptation for video installation by French visual artist Marie Sester, Anna I in Liminal Theater’s production of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and originating the role of the Lady in Red for Imago Theater’s production of A House Taken Over.
Ms. Mah's work has been commissioned and supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, ArtQuake, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Reed College, Portland Art Museum, White Bird, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and numerous private sponsors.
More at: lyndeemah.org
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