October 2012  Tour in China feat. Coco Zhao & Wu Na

In October 2012, Sonic Calligraphy toured throughout China with various

Chinese guests in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Changsha, and Shenzhen. The guests included their former musical collaborators: Coco Zhao, jazz singer from Shanghai and Wu Na, gu qin master from Beijing as well as these great musicians: Li Tie Qiao, alto saxophonist from Beijing, Song Zhao, cellist from Beijing, and Er Gao, dancer from Guangzhou.

New timbres, colors and movement from the guests inspired the group’s interpretations and improvisation into new directions.  From a Daoist temple renovated into a performance space in Beijing to the Riverside stage of the JZ Music Festival in Shanghai, the group adapted easily to the different performance spaces and band formations. They fascinated  audiences with their unique kaleidoscope of musical sounds fusing Asian aesthetics with modern jazz harmonies, grooves and improvisation.


In spring 2013, started a series of concerts which features Swiss guitarist Felix Utzinger. He brings his grooves and a wide palette of electronic sounds to the group‘s music (hear how it


above: Peggy Chew and Wu Na (gu qin) in Changsha

right:    Willy Kotoun and Li Tie Qiao (altosax) in Shenzhen

below: with Er Gao and friends (modern dance group) in Guangzhou

Past concerts


New York, Cornelia Street Cafe  8 p.m.

Sonic Calligraphy feat. Chris Washburne (tb) as part of Voxfest


November 16

Zurich, Gemeindesaal Hottingen


February 14

San Francisco    

with Eth-Noh-Tec

February 15

Berkeley, Maybeck Studio  

March 1

New York, Whynot Jazz Room   

feat. Jason Kao Hwang (vl, vla)

November 10

Zurich, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at UZH

December 1

Zurich, Lebewohlfabrik

December 10

Winterthur, ESSE Bar


January 3          

Guangzhou (China) T:Union

January 5          

Shenzhen (China)   B-10 Live

January 9          

Hong Kong             Fringe Club

February 21

New York, I-Beam    8 p.m.

feat. Chris Washburne (trombone)

April 12 2014                           

Winterthur    Villa Sträuli    11.00


January 20

Küsnacht  Ref. Kirche    10.00 a.m.                   

March 22                        

Zurich       Mehrspur       20.30

April 9                             

Basel        Bird‘s Eye       20.30

April 10                           

Basel        Bird‘s Eye       20.30

May 30                            

Brugg        Mittagsmusik 12.30

November 30

Dielsdorf      le philosophe   20.30

December 3                       

Zurich          Lebewohlfabrik  18.00 

Sonic Calligraphy Duo in Hong Kong and China in January 2014

Sonic  Calligraphy duo with Peggy Chew, vocals and Adrian Frey, piano

has been invited to participate in the poetry retrospective and festival to honor the legacy of Hong Kong poet, Leung Ping-kwan (Yasi). They performed a special set of musical improvisation to his poetry at the Fringe Club on January 9th in Hong Kong.

Additional concerts with the duo took place in Guangzhou with special guest Er Gao and his dance company and in duo exclusively in Shenzhen.

Sonic Calligraphy

feat. Felix Utzinger (guitar)


Sonic Calligraphy Duo in New York with special guest, Chris Washburne (trombone)

February 21 2014, 8 pm at the Ibeam

168 7th Street

Brooklyn, NY

Peggy Chew, vocals

Adrian Frey, piano

Featured Guest

Chris Washburne, trombone

The Kettle Music & Arts Connection will present "Sonic Calligraphy" in duo with special guest, NY trombonist Chris Washburne at the Ibeam. One part of the program will be a musical suite to the poetry of Hong Kong, poet Leung Ping-kwan (Yasi) which they played recently in Hong Kong and China in January.


Sonic Calligraphy Duo in California/New York

February 14 2015, with Eth-Noh-Tec  „Journeys of Love and Danger“

San Francisco, Eth-Noh-Tec Art Center     8 p.m.

977 South Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

feat. Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo

February 15, 2015

Berkeley, Maybeck Studio    3 p.m.

March 1, 2015

New York, Whynot Jazz Room    Sets at 7 and 8.30 p.m.

feat. Jason Kao Hwang (violin, viola)



May 24

Zürich, Café Black, 20.30 Uhr

Färberstrasse 6, 8008 Zurich

April 12

Zürich, Café Black, 20.30 Uhr

Färberstrasse 6, 8008 Zurich

January 14

Lenzburg, Stadtkirche  17 Uhr

Peggy Chew voc, Felix Utzinger g, Adrian Frey p, Willy Kotoun perc

April 18

Zürich, Lebewohlfabrik, 20 Uhr 


Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017   8 p.m.

Sonic Calligraphy feat. Chris Washburne

at Cornelia Street Cafe  (as part of the VoxFest), New York


29 Cornelia Street NYC, 212 989 9319

One Set only from 8 to 9 pm, Reservations suggested$10 cover $10 minimum

November 9

Baden, Rest. Isebähnli, 20:15 Uhr