One Day American, One Day Alien: Black & Brown Artists Who Made the National Anthem Their Own

APICC is proud to have in residency artist/composer/pianist/music director Jon Jang who will give a virtual residency exploring what it is to be ‘Alien’, ‘American’ and ‘Asian American’. The 5 part series will be in collaboration with poet/writer/performance artist/educator Paul S. Flores and will culminate in a performance of Jon Jang’s new work, Never Again Now!, featuring the Jon Jangtet and Paul S. Flores!

Learn about the first 2 events below:


April 17, 2021 at 2pm

Jon Jang will give a presentation that examines the music performances of The Star Spangled Banner by American popular music icons of color from 1968 to 2013, beginning with José Feliciano’s passionate performance at a World Series baseball game in Detroit in 1968 to Beyoncé lip synching passionate performance at President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony in Washington DC in 2013. These Black and Brown artists were vilified and demonized by White America for performing the two minute song, The Star Spangled Banner, in their own way. Jang will also examine the origin of slaveowner Francis Scott Key’s one hit wonder, The Star Spangled Banner, within the context of slavery.


April 24, 2021 at 2pm

Artist Jon Jang gives One Day American, One Day Alien Part 2 with artist, writer, poet, activist Paul S. Flores offering his insight and perspective to José Feliciano’s tension of The Star Spangled Banner, Nuestro Himno and the 11 year old Sebastien De La Cruz who sang The Star Spangled Banner.

All of the above events are free and open to the public. Automatic live captioning will be available via Zoom. 

April 24, 2021 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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