And it inspired me to never give up, to keep fighting. He has also recorded it Mutable Music.
But the Brooklyn Academy performances are the first fully staged readings, using the martial arts choreography that Mr. Ho outlined and Emmanuel Brown completed. Like many of his scores, the suite is hard driven and energetic, with a subtle underlying sense of humor. It also poses challenges for the piece band, which will be conducted by Marie Incontrera, a composition student of Mr. Instead of using the standard tone scale, with a half-step between each note, Mr.
Ho has written microtonally, with a tone scale.
Somehow, you must still sound like yourself when reading the page. Ho came to music late, and he has said that he sees his work more as a calling than as a career.
At Harvard, where he completed his B. Ho also said he has a few musical projects still to be performed, but doubts he will live to oversee them. He is not working on anything new, and he has donated his papers — political essays, speeches, poetry and reviews, as well as his scores and recordings — to the University of Connecticut. He is hoping they will be studied, but is ambivalent about whether his music will be performed. It becomes a repertoire. It becomes stiff, sterile and square.
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I would not like my music to continue that way. Ben Barson played the baritone part, and Masaru Koga conducted, and they did a great job.
He has lost everything else. He is one of the few patients treated by the mainstream cancer institutions including Memorial Sloan-Kettering who has had three ostomy bags: a temporary ileostomy that was reversed in , and now, both a colostomy and an urostomy.
Keep access free of charge. About this product. He has lost everything else. He is now terminal and not expected to live more than 18 months. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! When American saxophonist and social activist Fred Ho was diagnosed with stage 3b colorectal cancer in , he underwent immediate surgery to remove the tumor and began preparing for chemotherapy.
Fred Ho has met God on three occasions. As he tells it, it was not in heaven, but in Hell. The late great Max Roach mentored Fred to pursue musical innovation and social activism, and on several occasions, championed Fred for his first commissioning grants by Meet the Composer. The two would later serve together on the Board of Directors for Meet the Composer.
In , Fred graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Sociology and continued the activist work that he had done in college by founding the Asian American Resource Workshop, the only organization at that time dealing with Asian American education, cultural and artistic production in the Northeast. It was here that Fred became exposed to Chinese folk music by organizing the largely non-English speaking Chinese, working class immigrant community to perform in choral groups, in which Fred Ho created unique music arrangements that would soon flourish into his unique and innovative hybrid of African American musical forms with traditional Asian ones.
Unusual for most Harvard graduates, Ho—who was accepted into every Sociology graduate department to which he applied including Columbia University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago —refused to continue with academia, supported himself as a union construction laborer, continued to organize in the Asian American community, and soon decided to pursue becoming a full-time professional musician-composer-band leader by moving to New York City in the early Fall of By the mids, Fred had become a new leader at the forefront of building Asian American and African American unity both artistically and politically.
He debuted his album Tomorrow is Now in , and it was cited as the best album of the s by The Wire magazine and by The Village Voice.
By age 30, Fred was recognized as a premiere musical innovator when he was awarded the Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award in the Spring of by the Black Musicians Conference. He was the first Asian American to win the award, and its youngest recipient. Although he has a pedigree of working with a long list of incredible musicians, Fred began working solely as a leader and discontinued his side session work in , except for a brief interlude with the late composer-saxophonist Julius Hemphill in the mids. CAMI and subsequently went on a 33 city nationwide tour.
He is among a very select number of composers that can traverse both idioms with a poetic ease. His ability to unite these idioms is seen in his numerous works written for the jazz big band, opera, and classical new music pieces. In order to capture the scope of his vision, Fred turned to creating multi-media works, which led to collaborations with poets, videographers, theatrical artists, martial artists, dancers and actors to stage his performances.
It has been verified that while Ho was in residency in the mountains of Wyoming, Montana and Woodside, California, he would practice around midnight. Anytime he exceeded the normal human hearing range, coyotes and wolves would howl along with him. When he played in human hearing, they would not. This is one of the many urban legends surrounding Fred Ho and his amazing talents and experiences.
Yet his virtuosic 8-octave range, towering sound, and multitude of esoteric techniques, distinguish him as such. And yet, he has won most of the prestigious awards from both fields, including the belated Guggenheim Foundation Music Composition Fellowship, the Harvard Arts Medal and Jazz Man of the Year by the New York City Jazz Record, among a host of other distinguished honors and recognitions.
Fred is also an accomplished writer and has edited and authored eight books. His fourth book, Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans, was published by Duke University co-edited with Bill Mullen , and is considered to be the preeminent groundbreaking anthology and credited as the best work on the subject.
As a noted composer, bandleader, author, and prominent activist, it is challenging to capture the breadth of his work. He has also been a featured keynote speaker at countless Asian American conferences since the s.
In , he was diagnosed with advanced colo-rectal cancer.