May 23: CACF To Host ‘Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change’ with Honorary Guest Eva Noblezada and Brooklyn Raga Massive

Tony-nominated and Grammy-winning performer Eva Noblezada will be the featured guest at The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families’ (CACF) Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month event Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change on May 23 at Second Floor NYC. 

“Throughout her career, Eva has explored themes of identity, belonging, and migration in her work,” said CACF’s co-executive directors Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung. “We were delighted to honor Eva with our Catalyst for Change award in 2019 and are so happy to welcome her back to CACF on May 23 as we celebrate New York City’s vibrant AAPI community.”

Currently the star of the hit Broadway musical Hadestown, Noblezada also played the lead for director Diane Paragas in the acclaimed Sony Pictures film Yellow Rose. Noblezada originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown, a role in which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role and for which she won a Grammy. It was the second Tony nomination in her first two Broadway roles, following her earlier nod in the title role in Miss Saigon in 2017. She previously starred in Hadestown at the National Theatre in London after being a lead in the West End revivals of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. She’ll next be seen in Amblin’s upcoming Easter Sunday and AppleTV+’s animated film Luck. She received an Imagen Award nomination for her recent role on “Law & Order: SVU”. Noblezada was a high school student when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in NYC.

“After being introduced to CACF it is truly impossible to ignore the impact they are making on the Asian American community,” said Eva Noblezada. “Being Filipino, I am extremely empowered to be a part of this event that’s led by people with an unstoppable drive to make change. It continues to be difficult and heartbreaking after seeing what we’ve had to endure over the last few years. So, I am excited to celebrate for the evening and raise up voices in our community.”

In addition to Noblezada’s special appearance, Up Next: A Celebration of AAPI Voices for Change will feature a performance by Brooklyn Raga Massive, an acclaimed music collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical music.

“BRM is excited to present a night of unity through music in support of CACF and their essential work connecting community organizations, advocating on behalf of the AAPI community, and building solidarity between Asian communities,” said Brooklyn Raga Massive executive director Praveen Ramamurthy. “We are honored to illustrate the power of pan-Asian collaboration in a performance bringing together traditional and contemporary music of South Asia, Japan, Korea and America with an incredible lineup of artists including 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).”

BRM preserves and expands this rich genre, provides direct support to musicians, and facilitates cultural exchange through performances, new compositions, and educational programs.

Raga-inspired music of any genre is fluid, colorful, and highly improvisational, requiring deep listening and respect between musicians. BRM aims to leverage these values of openness, generosity, humility, and respect for tradition to cultivate genuine connections between artists and audiences of all backgrounds.

The evening begins at 6pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Second Floor NYC, 849 Sixth Ave in New York.

For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

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.

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