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Fred Ho is a one-of-a-kind revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer, political activist and leader of the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and the Monkey Orchestra. For two decades, he has innovated an Afro Asian New American Multicultural Music imbedded in the swingest, most soulful and transgressive forms of African American music with the musical influences of Asia and the Pacific Rim. As Larry Birnbaum writes in Down Beat "Fred Ho's style is a genre onto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic." Ho is a prodigious composer, having written over a half dozen critically acclaimed operas, music/theater epics, cutting edge multimedia performance works, martial arts ballet, oratorios and recording over a dozen albums as a leader

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star

Read "Early Morning Star" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Composer/pianist/electronic artist Bob Gluck's musical repertoire is particularly diverse. Among his many electro-acoustic projects are the borderless duo album Textures and Pulsations (Ictus Records, 2012) with Aruán Ortiz, Tropelets (Ictus Records, 2014) featuring improvisations based on Jewish biblical chants, and Infinite Spirit (FMR Records, 2016) where he pays tribute to Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band. In the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak

Read "Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To audiences in Boston or New York, Salim Washington is not just a great musician, he is a community builder. Having first established the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, then the Harlem Arts Ensemble, Washington has throughout his career carefully nurtured collectives of musicians who in turn generated irreplaceable music scenes at venues like Connolly's in Boston and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

Read "Ten Billion Versions of Reality" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist David Bindman reconvenes the ensemble that created Sunset Park Polyphony (Self Produced, 2012) for the eclectic Ten Billion Versions of Reality. Bindman had spent parts of two recent years in the upstate New York town of Cambridge, developing a suite that is meant to weave together varying perspectives across multiple sound surfaces. The title, in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un settetto di ottimi musicisti provenienti dalle più diverse esperienze, per sviluppare cooperativamente un repertorio che unisca il jazz con la musica da camera: questo è l'Alchemy Sound Project, qui al debutto disccografico. In realtà la formazione originale è un quintetto, singolarmente -ed è una buona notizia -compsoto da tre donne e due uomini, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

A dialogo con Marco Colonna

Read "A dialogo con Marco Colonna" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il multistrumentista e compositore romano Marco Colonna negli ultimi anni si è messo in luce come uno dei musicisti più interessanti del nostro paese. La sua figura artistica è difficilmene collocabile, vuoi per la pluralità di interessi e riferimenti che guidano la sua ricerca, vuoi per una serie di scelte professionali -concerti svolti in luoghi spesso ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The collective, Alchemy Sound Project, is a core quintet of composers and musicians whose compositions, on their debut album, Further Explorations cross over a foundation of chamber music with traditional jazz. The central players had united under the banner of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute prior to this project. With diverse interests in global influences as ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano

Read "Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non è vero che il jazz italiano sta bene. Non è vero che siamo il paese dei festival e che abbiamo musicisti che tutto il mondo ci invidia. Possiamo raccontarcela tra di noi, se vi va. Facendo finta che questo sia il migliore dei mondi possibili e che il sole dell'avvenire splenda alto sopra l'orizzonte, ma ...

NEWS: EVENT

Fred Ho Tribute in New Haven on September 17

Fred Ho Tribute in New Haven on September 17

Fred Ho Tribute to be Presented in New Haven By Jacob Epstein New Haven, CT: The Hartigan Epstein Brown Quartet, an ensemble that creates and performs works inspired by World Cultures and Jazz, will present a tribute to their colleague and collaborator, Fred Ho. Also joining the performance will be Librettist Ann T. Greene and Baritone ...


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