Ching Ching Wong + Violinist-Looper Joe Kye

Migrants: Los Angeles

December 9, 2017 | NAVEL 


Violinist-looper/composer Joe Kye will release his new album, Migrants in Los Angeles as part of his international tour at NAVEL (1611 S. Hope St) on December 9

Joining Kye will be Ching Ching Wong, and the Assembly, an LA-based contemporary dance group dedicated to bringing together community with the human body’s expressive potential. 

During the performance, attendees will be invited to participate in the creation of a communal art piece that catalogues the diverse paths and ancestries that have led each individual to the show. 

Guest artists include dancers Charbel Rohayem, Tatiana Barber, Byron Roman, Christopher Bordenave, and Lindsey Matheis. Projection Artist Darin Reyes. Food by Kobunga.


December 1 & 2, 2017 | Yes! Dance invitational


Migrants on tour. Ching Ching Wong and Charbel Rohayem will premiere Neither Here Nor There, original score by Joe Kye for Yes! Dance Invitational.

Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, RVA
TICKETS: General: $25; Students/RVATA: $15
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Also featuring performances by:   
Spanish Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil, Marcat Dance
Ching Ching Wong, Northwest Dance Project, Oregon
Paige Fraser, Visceral Dance Chicago
MorrisonDance, Ohio
Joan Gavaler, Virginia
Chisena Danza, Philadelphia
K Dance, RVA 


December 10, 2017 | fountain glen retirement home


Migrants excerpt at Fountain Glen Retirement Home.


April 6, 2018 | Kopila valley home and school


This Migrants performance will be the culmination of the two weeks spent with Kopila Valley Home and School. Together alongside the students, we will share our creations. In addition, the students will showcase the artwork they produced throughout the workshop.    


April 10, 2018


This Migrants performance with be shared with public students of Kathmandu, Nepal. We will celebrate music & dance together. This outreach performance will also incorporate interactive experiences for the students to move and make music with us.  


May 18, 2018

Berkeley, CA

Migrants at Askenaz in Berkeley, CA. Joining me and Joe Kye is dancer Byron Romans, André Fylling on keys, and Tim Stephenson on drums.  



A multi-disciplinary exploration of identity, culture, and the spirit of human migration, Migrants includes tales of immigration from violinist-looper Joe Kye and Ching Ching Wong’s personal journeys. The show explores many themes relevant to a rapidly globalizing world: the celebration of roots, cross-cultural interactions, and the need to recognize universal humanity across borders and artificial boundaries.

At its conclusion, Migrants will offer audiences an opportunity to root themselves in their local community while simultaneously seeing themselves as part of a global village.


Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist-looper and vocalist Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, “discharging world[s] of emotion” and delivering “divine messages” with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that “leaves everyone in awe” (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single violinist... one mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee).

After studying music and culture at Yale University, Kye left a career as a high school educator to pursue music full-time. Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye toured the United States with performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a nationally broadcast performance on NPR’s Science Friday. He has been a keynote speaker for Multicultural Week at the Urban School of SF and worked with the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race.

Previous collaborations include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet, Alvin Ailey Composer/Percussionist William Catanzaro, and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), the Legislative Back-To-Session Bash (California), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and the White House. Kye is a Fishman and Neunaber Audio Effects sponsored artist.