[Freedom archives news] Sunday Sept 7 - Struggle for a New World - Tribute to Fred Ho & Open Rehearsal Sept 6 SF

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Mon Sep 1 12:32:08 EDT 2014

Fred Ho Memorial Tribute*
*An all-star salute to the late musician and cultural worker**
**2:00-4:30pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center**
**388 9th Street (at Franklin), Oakland, free

* Added Performance & Open Rehearsal - Limited Seating - Arrive Early
518 Valencia St, SF - Saturday September 6th 7-9pm
*Thursday SEPT 4 - Words and Music, in Memoriam Fred Ho
Royal Hartigan and Ben Barsonwith special guest Hafez Modirzadeh
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center <http://www.sfsu.edu/%7Epoetry> HUM 512, 
SFSU, free
Co-sponsored by Freedom Archives, The Poetry Center and the Design 
Center for Global Needs at San Francisco State University, and Oakland 
Asian Cultural Center

On Sunday, September 7th an all-star assemblage of musicians, writers, 
and activists will gather in Oakland to honor Fred Ho --- celebrated 
composer-bandleader, virtuoso baritone saxophonist, author of multiple 
books, and lifelong radical activist. A self-described "revolutionary 
matriarchal socialist and aspiring Luddite" (New York Times), Fred Ho 
for four decades was a fierce warrior against exploitation and 
oppression wherever they persisted, including in his very public battle 
with cancer.

Fred Ho's family will be present, and footage from the documentary Fred 
Ho's Last Year (Stephen de Castro, 2014) will be screened.

Featured performers will include:

The Afro Asian Music Ensemble
Ben Barson
Davheed Behroozi
Jimmy Biala
Winston Byrd
Royal Hartigan
Mark Izu
Jon Jang
Masaru Koga
Genny Lim
Hafez Modirzadeh
Gwendolyn Mok
Ken Okada
John-Carlos Perea
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Akira Tana
Marty Wehner
Francis Wong
Brenda Wong Aoki

With speaker/emcees: Diane Fujino, Matef Harmachis, and Tony Marks-Block.

"Fred Ho writes, speaks, and plays in order to persuade and inspire, to 
expose the crimes of the ruling class, and to challenge the status quo 
so that we imagine a different future." ---Robin D. G. Kelley, historian 
and biographer of Thelonious Monk

Fred Ho biography (born Fred Wei-han Houn, August 10, 1957, Palo Alto, 
CA; died April 12, 2014, Brooklyn, NY). One of the outstanding composers 
of his generation, New York-based Chinese-American saxophonist and 
cultural activist Fred Ho founded the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble (1982), 
the Asian-American Art Ensemble (1981-88), and the Monkey Orchestra 
(1990), all of them fusing Western and Eastern instruments and 
influenced by Afro-American traditions, especially inspired by Charles 
Mingus's orchestras. Later ensembles included The Green Monster Big 
Band, The Saxophone Liberation Front, and Brooklyn Sax Quartet 
(cofounded with David Bindman). Among many honors, he was the first 
Asian American musician to be awarded the Duke Ellington Distinguished 
Artist Lifetime Achievement Award.

The names of Fred Ho's many recordings, from the 1980s forward, express 
the singular fusion of art and activism that became his insistent call: 
Tomorrow Is Now, Bamboo That Snaps Back, A Song for Manong, We Refuse To 
Be Used and Abused (all 1980s); The Underground Railroad To My Heart, 
Monkey Parts One and Two, Turn Pain Into Power; Yes Means Yes, No Means 
No, Whatever She Says, Wherever She Goes!; Warrior Sisters, the "vampire 
opera" Night Vision, and the 12-movement theatre piece with dancers and 
Kung Fu fighters Once Upon a Time In Chinese American (all 1990s); The 
Black Panther Suite; Red Arc: A Call for Liberation (with poet 
raúlrsalinas), Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon/Momma's Song, Big 
Red, The Sweet Science Suite, Snake-Eaters, Celestial Green Monster, 
Year of the Tiger and The Music of Cal Massey: A Tribute (2000--2012).

In addition to his music, Fred Ho authored, co-authored, and edited many 
articles and books, the latter including Wicked Theory, Naked Practice: 
A Fred Ho Reader, Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural 
Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans (with Bill 
Mullen), Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and 
Capitalism at the Cellular Level, Raw Extreme Manifesto: Change Your 
Body, Change Your Mind, Change the World While Spending Almost Nothing; 
the anthologies Sounding Off! Music as Subversion/ Resistance/ 
Revolution (with Ron Sakolsky), and Legacy to Liberation: Politics and 
Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America (with Carolyn Antonio, 
Diane Fujino, and Steve Yip). He was the subject of the book-length 
study Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho (ed. Roger 
N. Buckley and Tamara Roberts) and featured in Bill V. Mullen's Afro 

New York Times Obituary for Fred Ho, April 12, 2014:

The Guardian (UK) obituary for Fred Ho:

Fred Ho at Big Red Media, Inc.

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