Category Archives: Exhibitions

Music vs Visual Arts: “Toward the Unknown” – Yusef Lateef’s Autophysiopsychic Art Work Visits New York

Photo by Dawoud Kringle

Photo by Dawoud Kringle

Venue: White Columns Gallery (NY)
Date: Saturday 8, 2014
Review by Dawoud Kringle

An overlooked element of a legendary legacy is being presented by White Columns Gallery in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Curated by Alhena Katsof, and overseen by Ayesha Lateef, the visual artwork of the master musician, composer, author, artist, philosopher, educator, playwright, and science fiction novelist Dr. Yusef Lateef (1920 – 2013) is being presented in New York City. The title of the exhibition, Towards the Unknown is taken from a recording Dr. Lateef made with composer and percussionist Adam Rudolph.

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DooBeeDoo Recommends Iran Related Events by Asia Society (NY): “Iran Modern” September 6th 2013 through January 5th, 2014

Asia Society logoAsia Society is pleased to announce a series of three concerts, presented in conjunction with Iran Modern, a groundbreaking exhibition of Iranian modern art from the 1950s thru the 70s (the three decades preceding the 1979 Revolution), on view September 6, 2013 – January 5, 2014. New Sounds from Iran will emphasize innovation within tradition, featuring artists who, drawing from recent or long-past legacies, East and West, demonstrate how one can enrich and expand the expressive power of musical forms and find global relevance in the present moment.

Artists include Mohsen Namjoo considered by some as the Bob Dylan of Iran, a visionary musician who seamlessly blends Persian classical poetry and original lyrics with Iranian folk music and American rock and blues (September 7); Kayhan Kalhor, a master of Kurdish and Persian music and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, performing his own compositions on kamancheh (spiked fiddle), with Ali Bahrami Fard on santour (hammered dulcimer) (November 16); and a Middle-Eastern ensemble fusing sounds from Iran and Syria with jazz improvisation and putting a contemporary spin to the musical legacy of the ancient caravans, with Saeid Shanbehzadeh (Iranian bagpipe), Basel Rajoub (saxophone), Naguib Shanbehzadeh (percussion), Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Basel Rajoub (trumpet); and Jasser Haj Youssef (violin) (December 7).

This program is part of Asia Society’s ongoing initiative “Creative Voices of Muslim Asia,” a multidisciplinary series launched in 2008 and celebrating the vivid and diverse ways in which Muslims in Asia express their creative voices at the beginning of the 21st century.

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Fred Ho: a seriously hard-nosed Chinese American music activist, somebody you should know!!!

Date: April, 2013
Venue: Charles H. Knox Gallery (Harlem, NY)

Text and photos by Don Chow

Which award-winning baritone saxophonist is also a Chinese-American, self-proclaimed matriarchal Marxist revolutionary?

Fred Ho & his sculptureThere is only one answer, of course, and he is Brooklyn’s Fred Ho– a bona fide icon of Asian-American jazz, who has been waging a ‘scorched earth’ war with cancer since 2006. I remember corresponding with Fred about possible gigs while I was living and working in China, having invited him to Vancouver a few years earlier for an Asian-Canadian music series. But Fred suddenly stopped emailing and later I found out about his illness.

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