CACF’s Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change Featured Eva Noblezada and Brooklyn Raga Massive

Benefits, Music, Performances, Photography, Theater

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families’ (CACF) celebrated American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change on May 23 at Second Floor NYC.

Hadestown stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada pose during the CACF’s AAPI Heritage Month event Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada pose during CACF’s AAPI Heritage Month event Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Actress Eva Noblezada was the honorary guest at CACF’s Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. A 2019 recipient of CACF’s Catalyst for Change award, Noblezada will next be seen in the Apple TV+ film Luck. Photo by Lia Chang

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) staff pose ahead of their Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board President Larry Lee celebrates at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Journalist Vivian Lee emceed the festive evening which kicked off with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a light buffet.

Journalist Vivian Lee served as emcee for the event at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. In her remarks, Lee noted that as a reporter, she often relied on CACF for stats, stories and anecdotes about New York City’s AAPI community. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown star Eva Noblezada and journalist and emcee Vivian Lee at CACF’s Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Two-time Tony-nominee and Grammy-winning Hadestown star Eva Noblezada sang “She Used To Be Mine” from Waitress.

Tony-nominated actress and Grammy winning artist Eva Noblezada performs “She Used To Be Mine” from the hit Broadway show “Waitress” at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Brooklyn Raga Massive, an acclaimed music collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical music, performed several numbers. Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue, taiko), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Shoko Nagai (accordion), Satoshi Takeishi (drums, percussion), Roshni Samlal aka DJ Raat ki Rani (tabla, DJ), and Damon Banks (bass), of BRM played songs that illustrated the power of pan-Asian collaboration bringing together traditional and contemporary music of South Asia, Japan, Korea and America.

Brooklyn Raga Massive co-founder and violinist Arun Ramamurthy introduces BRM’s first set at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

The Kaoru Watanabe Quartet – Damon Banks, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeishi and Kaoru Watanabe – played a vibrant piece that blended traditional Japanese music, Black American jazz and free improvisation at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Kaoru Watanabe on Taiko. Brooklyn Raga Massive is a unique musical collective that is also a recipient of a grant from the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, which CACF helps administer. Photo by Lia Chang

The crowd at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change reflected the diversity and vibrancy of New York City’s AAPI community at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

This AAPI Heritage Month, CACF and its Members and Partners are also celebrating historic investments in the AAPI community by both New York City and State. CACF’s Co-Executive Directors Vanessa Leung (left) and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

Throughout the evening, attendees were encouraged to donate to CACF to help support its work on healthcare, language access, data disaggregation and education policy. Photo by Lia Chang

Brooklyn Raga Massive – Jay Gandhi, Roshni Samlal, Arun Ramamurthy, Damon Banks, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeishi, Kaoru Watanabe perform at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022 Photo by Lia Chang

Brooklyn Raga Massive – Jay Gandhi, Arun Ramamurthy, Damon Banks, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeishi, Roshni Samlal, Kaoru Watanabe- pose after performing at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

The crowd applauds after Brooklyn Raga Massive’s rousing finale performance at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Representatives from Change sponsor East West Bank pose with CACF Board President Larry Lee and CACF’s Co-Executive Directors,Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna. Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Next Gen sponsor Allison Thrush and Art Chang, who is also a CACF Board member. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board Member Angela Tolosa and Alice Ku Parekh and their guests. Tolosa and Ku Parekh were both Next Gen level sponsors of the event. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board Member and Next Gen Sponsor Yvonne Choi and her guest pose ahead of Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change. Photo by Lia Chang

Mela Bolinao is an art agent and the owner of MB Artists, a Next Gen level sponsor of Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board Member and Next Gen sponsor Vanessa Li and a guest enjoy the evening’s performances. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board President Larry Lee celebrates at Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change.
Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board members in attendance pose after a successful spring event at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney pose with CACF Staff members. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF’s Co-Executive Directors Anita Gundanna and Aiyoung Choi. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Board Member Edward Pauly and his wife, Barbara Turvett attend the Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Aiyoung Choi, Vanessa Leung, Angela Tsai and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

About the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is the nation’s only pan-Asian children and families’ advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community allies to fight for equity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). For more information, visit www.cacf.org.

CACF’s Co-Executive Director Anita Gundanna, Eva Noblezada, Lia Chang, Reeve Carney and CACF’s Co-Executive Director Vanessa Leung attend Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change at Second Floor NYC on May 23, 2022.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, a performing arts photographer and an award-winning filmmaker. A co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, Lia makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. She stars in and is the Executive Producer for the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). Lia made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, was featured as Joy in Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago and has worked extensively Off-Broadway. Photo archives: Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011, housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room; Lia Chang Photography Collection in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library. Awards: 2022 Prospect Muse Award, 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award, the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. Lia is an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate (2000), a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age (2000), a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media (2001), a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2002), and a National Tropical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellow (2003). www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com

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