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Dr. Schmidt formed a music group called Jasmine Asian Music Ensemble (JAM????) since 8-2014. She has continued to perform voice and percussion as well as learning erhu (???Chinese two string violin). Dr. Schmidt incorporates silk/bamboo music, Alexander Technique, and family medicine philosophy, into a chanting of “Exhale to Relax” to help with falling sleep, pain management, constipation, and stress reduction. Less medication, more meditation. She started sharing her chanting with audience since 8/2014 and with her patients since the end of 2014. It is still a work in progress. Her ultimate goal is to share with everyone free via social media when it is ready.
Jasmine Asian Music Ensemble (JAM)
Description: Asian music performed on a variety of traditional Chinese instruments. Through music and songs, we give audience a bamboo/silk music and cultural experience. We encourage audience participation: to sing/dance/play with us, to learn a bit of Mandarin, and to get close to the musicians and their instruments. The ensemble performs in traditional Chinese costumes. Follow http://samedayfamilymedicine.com/community-outreach/ for past and pending events.
Intended Audience: There is no age limit or restrictions on numbers of participants. We have played for all ages.
Fee for program: Our honorarium has ranged from $150 to $300; usually $150 for about 30 minutes to one hour program.
Ability to travel, availability: We are available in the general Tucson area and suburbs. No travel restriction exists at this point. Travel compensation beyond Tucson/Oro Valley city limits may be negotiated. If an outdoor performance is preferred, providing a sound system is preferred, though we do have a system to try out.
Ensemble members: The ensemble consists of a family M.D. born in China, trained in Tucson (voice, percussion, and erhu), a retired Chinese Professor of Literature of a hybrid of the Chinese Hui (pronounced as Hway) and Se (pronounced as Sir) minority ethnic group (yangqin and erhu). We regret to report that our beloved, Caucasian PhD educator and author who lived in Hong Kong for 15 years, a diligent pipa player and avid Mandarin learner, suddenly grew her wings on May 3, 2017. However, we continue performing with her chime in from above. She is a rose in our hearts forever. Sometimes, we bring guest performer(s) too.
Contact: DrSchmidt@SameDayFamilyMedicine.com for more questions and/or to schedule performance.
Pending Events, all library events are free:
Li (Dr. Schmidt) has been accompanying her husband, Justin Schmidt, author of “The Sting of the Wild”, and using silk/bamboo songs to introduce insects, especially stinging insects to the public. ”, see http://samedayfamilymedicine.com/the-sting-of-the-wild/ for detailed performance schedule.
#1: Oct. 7, 2018, Sunday, Performance 5 pm to 6 pm, http://www.tucsonmountainsassoc.org/. Li will sing Tucson Mountains Association Theme Song in Silk/bamboo flavor:
Tucson Mountains, Beautiful
People here love peace,
Also love living,
Tucson Mountains Association Welcomes U
Tucson Mountains Association Appreciates U
#2: (closed audience) Dec. 04, 2018, Tuesday, 2 pm, Carlton Village, assisted living. We will share holiday music with a touch of silk/bamboo flavor.
#3: Dec. 06, 2018, Thursday, 10:30 am to 11:30 pm, invited to Dewhirst-Catalina Library
Pima County Public Library | 15631 N Oracle, #199, Catalina AZ 85739, Phone: (520) 594-5240. We will share holiday music with a touch of silk/bamboo flavor.
#54. June 14, 2018, Thursday, 2 pm to 3 pm, invited back to Murphy-Wilmot Library | 530 N Wilmot Rd | Tucson AZ 85711, 520.594.5420 to support the library’s summer reading program. Patrons are wonderful. They also reminded us to speak louder or stand up for better visibility and audibility. They participated, including the kids. We brought music of snow, gentle breeze, mountainous coolness. It was also a reunion of 2 moms, 2 sons performance, plus families traveled from South Carolina and China. Upon future opportunities, we will try to perform in the middle and/or stand for better visibility and audibility. Dr. Schmidt’s “Sigh through my soles” chanting can be done while standing too. Thank you!
#53. April 20, 2018, Friday, 10:30 am to 11:30 am, invited back to El Rio Neighborhood Center via library. 1390 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson AZ 85745, Phone: (520) 594-5245. Spring themed Asian music performance in the center’s acoustic friendly multipurpose room with audience ranged from day care children to senior citizen groups. Thank you!
#52. Season Five: April 14, 2018, Saturday, 2 pm to 3 pm, invited back to Valencia library, 202 W. Valencia Rd.Tucson AZ 85706, (520) 594-5390. Spring themed Asian music performance. Although not many audience, we debuted quite few new pieces, including 4 Asian country songs sang in its native language. Thanks the two librarian staff and security staff for being the audience.
#51. Feb. 9, Friday, 3 pm to 4 pm, invited back to Nanini library, 7300 N Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741, (520) 594-5365. Besides the Lunar Dog Year Music, we also prepared a special one, in response to one patron’s suggestion in 12/2016. It went very well, especially with the help from the librarian who invited us, because of her Chinese folk dancing talent, got almost all the kids dancing with our performance tune. We were able to play with our beloved Carole via youtube Pipa music. Thank you!
#50. Feb. 7, Wed, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Invited to Southwest Library 6855 S. Mark Rd.
Tucson AZ 85757, Phone: (520) 594-5270. Special of Lunar Dog Year Music. Although it was a small library and small audience, we had high quality individual exchange. One employee learned how to look up Chinese two string violin erhu, by typing: erhu music on youtube.com. Thank you!
#49. Dec. 2, 2017, Saturday, 3 pm to 5 pm, invited back to Arivaca, AZ, annual Holiday Tea Celebration. Caviglia-Arivaca Library | 17050 W. Arivaca Rd., P.O. Box 668, Arivaca AZ 85601, 520.594.5239 . It was great! Audience sang and played gong, Chinese cymbals, bells percussion of Christmas carols, accompanied by Yangqin. Guest performer Toshiko did Koto and Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Nan (Yangqin and Erhu) just returned from China visit and could not help returning with colorful, 100% cotton Chinese minorities dresses/shoes to decorate our performance ambiance and also provided service for audience who were interested in purchasing the unique products.
#48. (closed program) Aug. 26, 2017, Saturday, we are invited back to perform at the graduation ceremony of The Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It went well. Appreciated guest Guzheng player Larry’s performance. Thank you all!
#47. Aug. 4, 2017, Friday, 1 pm to 2 pm, Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Dr., 85614, (520) 594-5295. We had children in the audience and I met a pediatrician! The audience was great! Thanks!
#46. July 21, 2017, Friday, from 2 to 3pm, invited by Murphy-Wilmot Library | 530 N Wilmot Rd | Tucson AZ 85711, 520.594.5420 to support the library’s adult summer reading program. We also had children and teens in the audience. The audience was great! Thank.
#45. May 26, 2017, Friday, 1 pm to 2 pm, Invited by El Pueblo Library and performed at El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irivington Rd, Bldg 14, Tucson, AZ 85714, 520.594.5252. It went well. We appreciated guest performer Toshiko with Koto instrument. We did “Relaxation with Exhalation” chanting and song of “You and me” in Espanol. Thanks.
#44. April 22, 2017, earth day, Saturday, Benefit Concert by the Native American Flutist R. Carlos Nakai and drummer Will Clipman, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Sponsored by http://www.tucsonmountainsassoc.org
I was honored to sing silk bamboo music of praising mountains, spring flowers; the sun is setting; people are out and about, hiking, humming, singing, plus flute and drumming … to start the program. It wet well. It was nice to see 7 people came in because of my email notice. Thank you all. Hope my singing did encourage people to join the Tucson Mountains Association.
#43. March 28, 2017, Tuesday, noon to 1 pm, back to 1st floor cafe area, Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave.Tucson AZ 85701, (520) 594-5500, for a spring concert. It was nice to see friends who took the time to come. We, performed music from Japan, Korea, and Chinese. We stayed late because patrons were so interested in our music. We wrote their names in Mandarin and helped them connect with other resources in town. Thank you!
#42. Feb. 4, 2017, Saturday, 10:45 am to 11:45 am, back to Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Tucson, AZ 85716, for Lunar Wood Chicken Year Performance. It went well. Although fewer audience than usual, patrons were able to dance with the soothing silk/bamboo tune. We had our long time supporter and friend read the characteristic points of Lunar Wood Chicken Year. We were fortunate to have one Chinese audience who sang with us for the theme song: Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower). We also were able to give away few Lunar New Year calendars and chicken toys.
#41. Dec. 17, 2016, Saturday, 2 pm to 3 pm, holiday music highlighted music at Salazar-Ajo Library , 15 W. Plaza St. #179 | Ajo AZ 85321, 520-387-6075. Dr. Justin Schmidt’s book reading and signing of: The Stings of the Wild, see https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/press-kit-sting-wild. is scheduled to Feb. 18, 2017, 1 pm in Ajo, AZ. His book is selected as one of the 34 Southwest books of the year of 2016. The librarian Lee organized the event and did a terrific job in the flyer. Inquisitive audience. Justin will also be on 03-11-2017 Tucson Book Festival. See http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=45#author_S. Thank you all.
#40. (Invited back) Dec. 9, 2016, Friday, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Nanini library, 7300 N Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741, (520) 594-5365. We provided background music in the quiet lobby with holiday music incorporated. Thanks for one patron gave us an idea of learning Sakura=Cherry Blossoms in Japanese. It will be ready soon. Thank you all.
#39. Dec. 6, 2016, Tuesday, 1 pm to 1:45 pm. Sam Lena-South Tucson Library, 1607 S. Sixth Ave. Tucson AZ 85713. We entertained about 150 elementary school students and their teachers/parents/guardians. Audience sang holiday music with us. We were impressed that the children walked to and from their school to the library.
#38. Nov. 19, 2016, Saturday, 2 pm to 3 pm: Caviglia-Arivaca Library | 17050 W. Arivaca Rd., P.O. Box 668, Arivaca AZ 85601, 520.594.5239 . Provided celebratory music for the library 20th anniversary. The Green Valley newspaper mentioned the event.
#37. Nov. 18, 2016, closed, invited back to Show and taught for 4 Alice Vail Middle School Mandarin Classes. We engaged students for “breath out”, “happy birthday”, mini Broadway show of: How a small ant carried a supersized seed, in Mandarin????? to promote Dr. Justin Schmidt’s science book written for the public: The Stings of the Wild, see https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/press-kit-sting-wild. Students heard Dr. Feddersen’s one of kind written stories accompanying her Pipa music.
#36. Oct. 1, 2016, Saturday, 2:45 pm to about 4 pm, Chime in for the 10 year Anniversary celebration at Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave. Tucson, AZ 85712, 520.594.5320. It went well, thanks. Although we provided background music, patrons were able to get really close to us and instruments and ask questions. Two kids played percussion with us.
#35. (Invited back) June 29, Wed. from 2 pm to 2:45 pm then up to 15 minutes for audience close up, Q and A, as we usually do, at Valencia Library. Dr. Schmidt’s husband was surprised to see the librarian, who organizes 2017 Tucson Book Festival and already invited him to the event as an author. Our Alaska-Eagle-Summit-Solstice-Never-Set-Sun- friend came to meet us and got a signed book: The Sting of the Wild, from my husband. Two lovely sisters from the audience acted for a Mandarin Kids Song in spreading the book: Ma Yi Ban Dou (????) = a story of how ants work together to carry a supersized seed, Team work rocks! Audience feedback favorably about Dr. Schmidt’s 1 minute “Breath Out” relaxation demo, which has been simplified. However, Dr. Schmidt still is not ready for sharing it free via social media.
#34. June 29th, Wed, 2016, 10 am, one hour program to Senior adult group, El Río Library . Thanks Rachel from the library for your awesome Spanish interpretation. Li also got a chance in introducing the music in Spanish. Her 7 years worked in El Pueblo and one month in Guatemala language school helped her. Rachel said that we had the highest reception so far. Enthusiastic audience sang with us, clapped when music peaked. Thanks.
#33. 6 pm to 6:45 pm on June 28, 2016,Tuesday, June/July Summer Reading-related events, Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library,Pima County Public Library. Though small audience, had quality face to face time. Thanks.
#32. June 28, 2016, Tuesday, noon to 1 pm at 1st floor cafe area, Joel D. Valdez Main Library. This was first time, the whole ensemble started with our theme song: Jasmine Flower (Mo Li Hua, ???) and ended with tear drawing/heart pulling song: You & Me (Wo He Ni???). The performance went well. Every performer sang and played. Thanks.
#31. (closed program) May 9 (Monday), 2016: Show and teach for 3 Alice Vail Middle School Mandarin Classes. Kids were engaged. We shared “breath out” and “happy birthday” in Mandarin.
#30. May 7, 2016, Saturday, Performed at the Asian Pacific American Cultural Day: Time: 12PM-7PM; Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704; Phone:(520) 292-6900. Although indoor, sound system was not optimal for pipa instrument. Try to improve for the future.
#29. April 13, 2016, Wed, 3 pm to 4 pm, for all ages. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr., Tucson, AZ 85743, 520.594.5203, intergenerational and experiencing other cultures program. Had music about Spring. Premier the show of Ma Yi Ban Dou (with audience, a baby’s participation, acted as the little ant, who tried to carry a supersized seed with her sisters’ help). This was in honor of my own husband’s book after 4-5 years of hard work upon Johns Hopkins Press request. The book is called: The Sting of the Wild, a story of a man, who got stung for science. He is Justin Schmidt, the King of Sting, famous for Schmidt Insect Pain Index, which was adapted into movie Ant-man’s script twice. See https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/press-kit-sting-wild. The performance went well. The library is looking forward to our return on June 28, 2016, Tuesday, 6 to 6:45 pm, as a part of Summer Reading Program. Thanks!
#28. April 11, 2016, (closed program from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm): invited to demo/presentation at “The Cultural Discovery Museum program” at Alice Vail Middle School Library, Tucson, Arizona for elementary students from other TUSD school. It went well. Thanks.
#27. March 3, 2016: (closed program). Performed for Carole’s Northwest Women’s Welcome Club Asian Themed luncheon at the beautiful Hacienda Del Sol. Went well. Thanks.
#26. Feb. 19, 2016, Friday, 11:55 am to 12:15 pm, at 8th grade Basis Tucson North Mandarin class in conjunction of Lunar Monkey Year celebration. It went well. Thanks.
#25. Feb. 8, 2016, Monday, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Lunar Monkey Year Concert, Desert Point at La Reserve at10701 N. La Reserve Drive, Oro Valley 85737. Please call (520) 498-1111 to see if it is open to visitors in the future. It went well. We were there few years back with positive feedback. We were asked to return by quite few residents there. Thanks!
#24. Feb. 6, 2016, Saturday, 10:45 am to 11:45 am, back to Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Tucson, AZ 85716, for a free Lunar Monkey Year Performance. It went well. Thanks!
#23. Jan. 25, 2016, (closed program): invited to demo/presentation at “The Cultural Discovery Museum program” at Alice Vail Middle School Library, Tucson, Arizona for elementary students from other TUSD schools. It went well. We shared “open shoulders, sit tall, deep breathing, deep breathing” and “Happy B-day” in Mandarin with students and staff. Thanks.
#22. Dec. 4, 2015, Friday, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, back to Nannini Library. 7300 N Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741. We even played Jingle Bells with Silk & Bamboo instruments. It went well. Thanks.
#21. Nov. 9 and 16, 2015 (closed program): invited to demo/presentation at “The Cultural Discovery Museum program” at Alice Vail Middle School Library, Tucson, Arizona for 3rd & 6th graders. It went well. We shared “open shoulders, sit tall, deep breathing, deep breathing” and “Happy B-day” in Mandarin with students and staff. Thanks.
#20. Oct. 17, 2015, Saturday, 6 pm to 7 pm, at the Arizona oldest school house near Arivaca library, AZ (17050 W. Arivaca Rd., Arivaca AZ 85601). We prepared a special piece for Arivaca. It went well in spite of thundering, lightening, and hard rain. Arivaca residents were hospitable.
#19. July 18, 2015, Saturday, 9:30 am -10:30 am, Miller-Golf Links Library | 9460 E Golf Links Rd, Tucson, AZ. It went well in spite of few audiences which is usual in that location. I told the organizer that we would have still performed for the organizer only if that will be the situation. We appreciate people come out in hot summer and share their precious life minutes with us too. The weather was overcast. We brought music of snow, river, ocean, morning lilies thriving in cold winter to share. We are especially moved by one patron who brought her out of town relatives before the returning flight took off. I need to do better job in sharing my ongoing medical chanting journey with the audience. Thank you for listening.
#18. July 14, 2015, Tuesday, 3 pm—3:30 pm/3:45pm, Oro Valley Public Library | 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley AZ 85737. It went well. I appreciated audience help me further my medical chanting journey toward one day, to be freely shared with the public to do self-voice massage and meditation.
#17. Saturday June 13, 2015, 11 am to 12 pm, Flowing Wells Branch Library, 1730 W Wetmore, Tucson AZ 85705. It went well. I appreciated audience help me further my medical chanting journey toward one day, to be freely shared with the public to do self-voice massage and meditation.
#16. June 6th, 2015, Saturday, from 3-4 pm, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson AZ 85749. It went well in spite of hot summer. Thank you!
#15. June 3rd, 2015, Wed, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Valencia Branch | 202 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ. Carole and Nan did a great hands on audience participation performance to almost 70 children. Thank you!
#14. April 18, 2015, Saturday, 3 pm. Dr. Schmidt was invited to share: Chanting to Relax (???), at TCCC (Tucson Chinese Culture Center, 1288 W. River Rd) Eating and Living Healthy Asian Style. Small audience enabled personal interaction. Chanting To Relax is a work in progress. It seems to work better under the setting of an established provider-patient relationship. Dr. Schmidt still would like to share with the public. She appreciated the feedback. She will try to coach deep breathing and chanting together in the future. This may make the learning process easier.
#13. (Not open to public) Feb. 18, 2015, Wed, performed 1 pm to 1:45 pm, including interacting with audience, Lunar New Year Celebration, Invited by Adventure Bus at Handmaker Home for the Aging, 2221 N Rosemont Blvd, Tucson, AZ. It went well.
#12. Feb. 14, 2015, Saturday, performed 11 am to 12 pm, including interacting with audience, Lunar New Year Celebration, Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Tucson, AZ 85716. It went well.
#11. Feb. 13, 2015, Friday, performed 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm, including interacting with audience, Lunar New Year Celebration, Nannini Library. 7300 N Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741. It went well.
#10. Aug. 31, 2014: Dr. Schmidt’s JAM group was invited to perform at the Commencement Ceremony of the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Schmidt did premier preview of her Chanting to Relax. It was well received.
#9. April 17, 2014, Thursday, 11 am to 12 pm: Dr. Schmidt was invited to present “How to get doctors listen” to seniors at Tucson Chinese Culture Center at 1288 W. River Rd. It went well. Thank you. One physician shared two wisdoms: give a copy of your questions to the doctor at the visit and when seek second opinion, see outside of the doctor’s group, do not just see another doctor in the same group.
#8. March 1, 2014, 6 pm (58 minutes long): Dr. Schmidt was interview by Bienvenidos a “Su Casa”. Most is in Spanish. See http://www.accesstucson.org/programming/program/69168/. Her interview was at about 33 minute mark and lasted about 10 minutes. Dr. Schmidt discovered and brought a remarkable Alexander Technique instructor Ellen Melamed (917-319-6311, http://ellensalexandertec.wix.com/tucson-az). Alexander Technique is not only good for musicians, but also for regular body poise and pain prevention and management.
#7. Feb. 8, 2014, Saturday, 11 am to 12 pm: Dr. Schmidt and her friends Nan (who plays yangqin and erhu) and Carole (who plays pipa) played as Feb. 7 Himmel Park Library. We did bit teaching of Chinese pronunciation of horse and children song: My Beloved Little Carriage with music sheets provided since it was such a great family event. It went well.
#6. Feb. 7, 2014, Friday, 2 pm to 3 pm: Dr. Schmidt and her friends Nan (who plays yangqin and erhu) and Carole (who plays pipa) performed first time at Bookman’s on Campbell/Grant. In celebration of the lunar year of horse. We had few audience sitting in front of us. It went well.
#5. Sept. 5, 2013: Dr. Schmidt and her friend Nan (who plays yangqin and erhu) were invited back to perform at the graduation ceremony of The Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It went well. Thank you.
#4. April 20, 2013 from 1 to 1:30 pm: Dr. Schmidt is invited to present “Healthy Asian Cuisine” as a part of Healthy Eating and Living, Asian Style 2013. She used didactic format to discuss: what are the purposes of eating? What are the simple principles of healthy cuisine? How to select tasty (to you) and nutritious ingredients for meals, snacks, and desserts from the following group choices: drinks, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, proteins? It went well. Thank you.
#3. Feb. 23, 2013: Dr. Schmidt and her music colleague Dr. Carole Feddersen (PhD in Education) presented a performance of Pipa, Erhu, Percussions, and singing as a part of Himmel park public library Snake Lunar Year Festival Celebration. The performance was well received. Thank you.
#2. Oct. 11, 2012 *Thursday* starts 10am. with a Japanese friend, Dr. Schmidt sang a Japanese song, taught how to hum a Chinese song for meditation, and “show and tell” Erhu (Chinese two string violin). She did percussion for people who do not see well and with Age between 50 and 100 at SAVVI. It went well. This was the first time Dr. Schmidt taught the group how to hum the Chinese song called “Ying Shan Hong”. It means azalea flowers.
#1. Dr. Schmidt gave an invited seminar on “How to maximize what your health insurance can do for you?” on Feb. 16, 2012, Thursday, 10 am-11 am to Seniors at Tucson Chinese Culture Center at 1288 W. River Rd. It went well.