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Program starts at 7:00P.M. | Door opens at 6:30P.M.

Admission: $25


In honor of Women’s History Month, the Museum of Chinese in America is proud to invite Composer/Saxophonist/Singer Stephanie Chou to present her award-winning song-cycle, COMFORT GIRL, inspired by true stories of Asian “comfort women” abducted into sexual slavery during WWII. It is not only a groundbreaking fusion of East-West musical traditions, but has also sparked public dialogue on a formerly taboo subject that still resonates globally for women today. Based on survivor testimony, the jazz-opera/song-cycle gives voice to the 200,000+ women and survivors who were silenced for 50 years. COMFORT GIRL premiered at Joe’s Pub at the Public, and has also been performed in excerpts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, Comfort Women Justice Coalition and Yale University. This performance will also feature composer commentaries, an in-depth exploration of how survivor testimony was included in the piece. 

This presentation will not be a full performance of the 90-minute work, but an excerpted performance and discussion.

Creative Team

Stephanie Chou – voice, alto saxophone
Lito VIllareal – voice
Andy Lin – erhu, viola, violin
Jason Yeager – piano
Matt Aronoff – bass
Ronen Itzik – drums

Take a look at the trailer of COMFORT GIRL

March 21, 2024
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


STEPHANIE CHOU is a Chinese-American jazz composer/saxophonist/singer who blends influences from her Chinese heritage with Western jazz and pop to create a bracingly original sound that draws audiences across the globe. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, B.B.King’s, Joe’sPub, and in jazz festivals across the US and Asia where her music creates immediate cross cultural connections and continues to expand her fan base. Comfort Girl, her bold, innovative song-cycle inspired by true stories of Asian women abducted into sexual slavery during WWII, premiered at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre. It is not only a groundbreaking fusion of East-West musical traditions, but has also sparked public dialogue on a formerly taboo subject that still resonates globally for women today. Down Beat called it “A stunning work that…shines light on a dark chapter of history.” It’s been commissioned as an opera by the American Opera Project. Her quintet combines saxophone and vocals in Mandarin/English with erhu, viola, and a jazz rhythm section. Chou’s albums include Prime Knot (featuring Marcus Printup) and Asymptote, which focused on jazz reinventions of classic Chinese folk songs and featured GRAMMY-nominated musicians Kenny Wollesen and John Escreet, and erhu/violavirtuoso Andy Lin. Her jazz-ballet C for G was commissioned by ABT ballerina Susan Jaffe. stephaniechoumusic.com