SCIENTIFIC SOUL SESSIONS BELIEVES THAT THE SOUL IS INEXTRICABLE FROM THE SCIENCE,
THAT SCIENCE NEEDS TO BE SOULFUL,
AND THAT IMAGINATION AND THE SOUL SHOULD BE SCIENTIFIC.
past Soul Sessions:
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Closing Ceremony Soul Session October 19TH
BETWEEN 21ST AND 11TH STREET | TAKE THE E, M, G OR 7 TO COURT SQUARE
Culture Is Life in collaboration with several grassroots groups and local artists present “The Right to Remain,” a photo exhibit celebrating communities resisting displacement in NYC. The exhibit takes you through New York City, highlighting the complexity of community displacement along different neighborhoods while showcasing the beautiful people fighting for the Right to Remain in their communities.
Featuring the Green Monster Big Band, The Afro-Asian Music Ensemble and Fred's closest comrades, friends and family.
The Eco Music Big Band is a 16-piece outfit formed by Fred Ho (The Sweet Science Suite, 2013 Next Wave Festival), the composer—called the “greatest baritone saxophonist of all time” by The New Yorker—who passed away this April. Combining revolutionary politics with African and Asian musical traditions, Ho pioneered a vibrant new form of jazz deployed in service of socialist ideals. Comprising leading jazz luminaries who have performed with the likes of Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, and Gil Evans, the Eco Music Big Band pays tribute to Ho’s visionary spirit.
Biography of Fred Ho & the Green Monster Big Band:
The Eco Music Big Band is a 16-piece multigenerational ensemble formed and led by Fred Ho, a revolutionary, warrior, artist, composer, and “greatest baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker). It includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, including bass trombonist Earl McIntyre (Duke Ellington, Mel Lewis/Thad Jones), bass trombonist David Taylor (Gil Evans, New York Philharmonic), saxophonist Jay Rodriguez (Ornette Coleman, Craig Harris), and Zack and Adam O’Farrill (Randy Weston, Jim Seeley). Marie Incontrera now leads the Green Monster Big Band.
Fred Ho, a revolutionary visionary with a virtuosic 8-octave range on the baritone saxophone, merged art and politics as weapons to prefigure a new society based on principles of matriarchy, ecosocialism, indigeneity, and maroonage. For two decades, Fred innovated a cutting edge Afro-Asian aesthetic rooted in the most soulful and transgressive forms of African American music with Asia and the Pacific Rim influences. As a prodigious composer and band leader, Fred recorded more than 15 albums and wrote several critically acclaimed operas, music/theater epics, cutting edge multimedia performance works, scores, oratorios and a martial arts ballet.
Fred passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, April 12, 2014 at home in Brooklyn, NY, surrounded by womyn warriors, to end an 8-year battle with stage 4B metastatic colorectal cancer. He leaves behind a legendary body of musical work; a revolutionary political movement, Scientific Soul Sessions; and a professional big band, the Eco-Music Big Band. Scientific Soul Sessions continues his musical, artistic and political legacy.
Fred Ho founded the Afro Asian Music Ensemble in 1982 and Monkey Orchestra in 1990. He also published several books including Wicked Theory, Naked Practice (2009), a collection of his writings from the past 30 years, and Maroon The Implacable(2013), the first published writings of U.S. political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. Fred's last works includeDeadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon! (2013, La MaMa), andSweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali (2013, BAM). His final magnus opus, Voice of the Dragon Trilogy, a libretto and musical score contained in 4 compact discs, is a special collector’s edition available only by ordering on the contact button at the end of this page.
A New Black Arts Movement presents
Sunday September 21st, 2014
4:00 pm @ casa del soul
724 Empire Blvd between Albany & Troy | Crown Heights, Brooklyn
$10 donation - proceeds go to Gaza
A New Black Arts Movement is painting a new aesthetic, one in which we liberate ourselves from our oppressors. A New Black Arts Movement supports all indigenous struggles for self-defense and self-determination.
In light of the latest massacre in Gaza and an ongoing 66 years of assault on Palestinian existence, we support resistance in all its forms, especially by the mothers, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers of Palestine.
Let us gather to honor, recognize and connect our struggles through revolutionary arts & politics, as we celebrate ALL womyn warriors, the ones who birth resistance.
Created by Scientific Soul Sessions & Movement in Motion. We support the BDS movement.
Proceeds will be sent to Gaza.
Children are especially welcome.
Bring your gently used threads for a genderqueer clothing swap!
To Sing You Down: A Celebration of Fred Ho's Transcendence
7:00 pm at Shapeshifter Lab
Featuring the Eco-Music Big Band
Scientific Soul Sessions is celebrating the birth of our dear friend, comrade, and SSS co-founder, Fred Ho. Revolutionary warrior & the greatest baritone saxophone player that ever lived, Fred Ho transitioned to the ancestors on April 12 of this year, just four months shy of his 57th day on this planet. SSS continues his musical, artistic, political legacy. ¡Fred Ho, Presenté!
Scientific Soul Vibes, Lives & Extraordinary Times
Our sessions are meant to inspire, invigorate, & awaken the senses.
Our souls are meant to transform & be transformed.
The act of writing is the act of making soul, alchemy. It is the quest for the self, for the center of the self....
Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill & torch. Write with your tongues of fire. Don’t let the pen banish you from yourself. Don’t let the ink coagulate in your pens. Don’t let the censor snuff out the spark, nor the gags muffle your voice. Put your shit on the paper.
We are not reconciled to the oppressors who whet their bowl on our grief. We are not reconciled.
Find the muse within you. The voice that lies buried under you, dig it up. Do not fake it, try to sell it for a handclap or your name in print.
— Gloria Anzaldúa, Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers.