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Michael White & Leisei Chen at Harrison House

Michael White & Leisei Chen Duo at Play

Michael White & Leisei Chen Duo at Play


Thursday April 10th, 2014

Open at 6PM, Performance at 8:30PM @ Play

1018 S. Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles CA 90021

Premiere: Inspirations for "Orbit"

Video combining examples of Michael White's past musical work with photographs by Leisei Chen and various artists that have inspired the new work Orbit, created by Leisei Chen. 32 minutes. Sponsored by 2013 DCA COLA Individual Artists Fellowship Award, premiered at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 


Michael White & Leisei Chen Duo

Michael White & Leisei Chen of MWQ will perform a small intimate DUO set of Violin & Voice-Vocals-Qigong Movements for the Gallery Opening Reception of ROADplay: a fine art exhibition, featuring featuring the works of Airom Bleicher, Jim Holyoak, Echo Lew, Warren Long, Paulo Solano and special guests. All Ages.


Contact-Curator: Brian Esquivel : 214.808.9032 :

MWQ UNIT2 For Free Public Concerts

Michael White Quintet UNIT2 will be available  
featured at your Free Public Concert
in July-October 2014


You can apply for a concert if you represent a
Park, Juvenile Hall, Civic Center, Library, Probation Camp, Senior Citizen Center, Hospital, Arts Organization, Non-profit Performance Venue

The Online Application Deadline on 
Monday March 10, 2014 at 5pm

The application and program guidelines link:

Video: "Inspirations For Orbit"

Inspirations For Orbit Cover


May 19th - July 7th 2013

2013 COLA Individual Artist Fellowships Visual Artists Exhibition

at Los Angeles Municipal Arts Gallery

4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027


Our video "Inspirations for Orbit" (31:51) created with Michael's past works with Leisei and various other artists's photos edited by Leisei Chen. Currently the video is displaying among all 2013 COLA individual artists fellowship artists.

The First Annual OSUM Gala

Performing LIVE as Michael White Trio, Michael White violin, Leisei Chen vocals & Mark Towns guitar at the First Annual Gala for OSUM - Operation Smiles Uplifting Military, the founder Dr. Montes and co-founder Dorothy Stinger. Michael is a korean war veteran, and will be one of his first patients to receive much needed dental treatments! Please come and join us for support this noble cause!!! This event includes food, drinks, silent auction and live performances. The Admission $67 Buy Ticket : Contact 323.522.5971 : Semi-Formal Attire

COLA Fellowship Artist Project "Orbit"

COLA Artists Project At Grand Performances

“Orbit” is commissioned by the Department Of Cultural Affairs, composed by the Living Legend Jazz Violinist Michael White as the prestigious COLA Individual Artist Fellow. It will be premiered and performed LIVE at Grand Performances, the SoCal largest free public concert presenter, with his band “Michael White Quintet”, consists of such Jazz master musicians who performed with numerous Jazz Giants throughout their careers - Michael Howell guitar, Heshima Mark Williams bass, Kenneth Nash percussion and the world best kept secret Jazz vocalist & Qigong/Taiji artist Leisei Chen. 


Also we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael's bona-fide classic Impulse records "The Land Of Spirit And Light" Sharing the stage with a beautiful fellow COLA fellowship recipient, indian choreographer, dancer, writer and designer Malathi Iyengar and her dance company. 


"This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs."

Happy New Year 2013

photo by Leisei Chen


Happy Blessed New Year 2013!



明けましておめでとう! 恭喜恭喜!新年快乐!Buon anno! Bonne Année! Շնորհավոր Նոր տարի! sretna Nova godina! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! glückliches neues Jahr!ευτυχές το νέο έτος! 새해 ë³µ 많이 받으세요! Godt Nyttår! feliz Ano Novo! срећна Нова Година! ¡feliz año nuevo! heri ya mwaka mpya! gott nytt år! Chúc mừng năm mới! سال نو مبارک! masaya bagong taon! gembira tahun baru! onnellista uutta vuotta! नया साल मुबारक

Leisei Chen & Michael White

Michael White Quintet

A Heartfelt Exchange With Carole

Hello Michael.

Forgive me if I'm wrong but is this your music?



Michael White - X Factor


Michael White - Let Love Be Your Magic Carpet on youtube

Hi Carole,

Yes your are right! Michael White's composition & music from X-Factor, Elektra/Asylum album in 1978. In 2010, it re-released in CD.

We perform a acoustic version of this song in LIVE as well. This photo, link below, probably captured when we were playing and singing the song at a concert in May 20th 2012 : )))


Leisei & Michael


Hello Michael.

That is so amazing.

As a young jazz dancer years ago I would dance to your song and I can honestly say that I would be swept away by the magic of it and lose myself in the melody. It was my favourite song to dance to. I stopped dancing after having my family and this song became lost in memory until I heard it on face book one day. It made my heart beat faster and actually moved me to tears when I listened to it. All those magical memories of dancing to it came flooding back. I had to buy the album straight away and now I play it nearly every day.

I am extremely honoured that you have replied to me and want to thank you for making such beautiful music that steals my heart.

Yours sincerely


Happy Thanksgiving + COLA Fellowship Award
We are excited to share our blessing with you over this thanksgiving holiday!!! 

Michael was selected for the prestigious 2013 Department Of Cultural Affairs (DCA) CIty Of Los Angeles  (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Award which has been recognized internationally. Michael is commissioned to create NEW WORKS to be premiered by master Jazz musicians and our original band members of Michael White Quintet (MWQ), Michael White violin, Leisei Chen vocals, Michael Howell guitar, Cecil McBee bass, Kenneth Nash percussion, performing live at the California Plaza in Los Angeles on Friday June 28th 2013, co-sponsored and hosted by Grand Performances.

We are very honored and grateful for COLA fellowship performing arts panelists Mitch Glickman, Adilah Barnes, Romalyn Tilghman.

We are looking forward to share the stage with a beautiful fellow performing artist, 2013 COLA fellowship recipient Malathi Iyengar, work together with Joe Smoke, Christopher Riedesel and Sherlan Abesamis at City Of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs, Scott Canty at Los Angeles Municipal Arts Gallery, Leigh Ann Hahn, Fred Stites, Regina Cabrera and Amanda Wah at Grand Performances.

Special thanks to Dalili Lya Pierson, Phil Ranelin, Martiros MarHak Hakopian, Evrika Evo Zatikian, Mirza Todorovich, Candace Avery, Kristy Hanson for all their support.
The Land of Spirit and Light
"Michael White is the embodiment of what made jazz cool, and he still plays a hell of a show! As jazz violinist Michael White, 82, sang “Let Love Be Your Magic Carpet Ride” with his Quintet on Sunday night at the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival in East Oakland, I leaned in my chair with my eyes closed, the sun still visible from too many glances at the solar eclipse and all I could think was… this is important. . . " [Read More...]
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