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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming has finally come to a close. Props to everyone who attended our panel discussion on Sunday and salute to all of the panelists, Wayna and Tewodross and our moderator Keanna for participating. It was a highly enriching experience and I personally learned a great deal. Continue to visit www.shaolinjazz.com and www.culturesciencestudio.com to learn more about our domestic and international travels as well as learn more about our upcoming events and projects.
Meet Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed. one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday. Asheru is a veteran Hip Hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening theme for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, and other musical contributions to the show, for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award – becoming the first hip hop artist to receive the prestigious award. Alongside his career as a Hip Hop artist, Asheru has served as a teacher/administrator in DC Schools for over 15 years, and is well known for his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement, namely through his organizations, Guerilla Arts Ink, and the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.). To learn more about Asheru click here and here.
SHAOLIN JAZZ A / V is hands down our most experimental engagement to date. Props to everyone that attended our first installment, salute to the Anacostia Arts Center for bringing us out, and shouts to all of those who helped spread the word. And with all of the positive feedback that we received, 2-Tone and I are certainly looking forward to conducting more of these. To view more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry
Meet Tewodross “Teo” Melchishua (pronounced Tee-oh-droze Mell-keshu-ah) one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday. Teo serves as an associate professor and program coordinator of visual communication and digital media arts program (VCDMA) and teaches courses in animation, motion graphics, cinematography, new media, hip-hop studies and contemporary (underground) art/design. Teo also works this through his film and digital media studio collective Visual Jazz, located in the Art Lives Here Business Incubator, in Mount Rainier, just in the Gateway Arts district of Prince George’s County.
Teo is a filmmaker, animator, visual artist, VJ, projection designer, educator and curator from Prince George’s County, Maryland, who received his BA in Art/Photographic Media from Morgan State University, and an MFA in Imaging & Digital Arts from UMBC.
His visual art, animation and films have been shown to audiences nationally and internationally.
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Meet Keanna Faircloth, a true Jazz-head and highly accomplished pianist (having toured the country and studied with giants such as Charles Covington and Grady Tate), to, since 2005, hosting a range of Jazz shows on the world renowned radio station WPFW 89.3 FM – the only radio station in DC dedicated to the preservation of Jazz and committed to community awareness and social justice. Keanna also, under the name DJ Charlie Fontaine (and her company JazzyGirlRockin Entertainment), spins at a range of events bringing a special mix of Jazz and Soul. Keanna will be the moderator of our discussion on July 17th, 5-7pm at Busboys and Poets’ K Street #location. To learn more about Keanna and to listen to one of her editions of Evening Jazz or to learn where she’ll be spinning next click here.
Introducing SHAOLIN JAZZ – A / V (Audio / Visual) – an audio/visual trip through the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts. DJ 2-Tone Jones combines the art of DJing with video-mixing in a set that explores music that inspired the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog in sync with moving visuals, select videos and clips from iconic kung-fu flicks. Please join us for our inaugural SHAOLIN JAZZ – A / V event on Tuesday July 12th. To RSVP and for additional event info click
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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming is coming to a close and we’re capping everything off with a panel discussion with the topic of discussion being the parallels between Ethio-Jazz and U.S. Jazz and Ethiopian Hip-Hop and U.S. Hip-Hop. The discussion, featuring notable artists, DJs and educators such as Wayna, Keanna Faircloth, and Tewodross Melchishua, will be open to the public, will take place from 5-7 PM on Sunday July 17th at the Busboys and Poets on K St. For more info and to RSVP click here.