Thanks to the art enthusiasts that attended COLOR of SOUND in NYC last Fri, The Bishop Gallery and its staff for hosting and providing additional support, Lex (Madison Davenport PR), Cherisse Rivera, Heineken, and props to all of the artists who participated – thoroughly diversifying the show through their unique range of works. Despite traffic delays, which had us arrive in NYC hours after our intended time, we were able to hit the gallery in just enough to time finish installing the final pieces and special shout to Ernest (The Bishop Gallery) for accommodating our lateness and helping to hang. On another note, I’ve got to pat myself on the back for hanging Aniekan’s works and props to 2-Tone for hanging the album cover installation. For more recap photos click Read the rest of this entry
The reception for our next COLOR of SOUND Art Exhibition (featuring works inspired by jazz, hip-hop, martial arts, and SHAOLIN JAZZ) will be Friday October 24th at The Bishop in Brooklyn. Featured artists include Ola Kudu, KEEBS, Chris Carr, Aniekan Udofia, Tewodross Melchishua, and Brody Rose. To RSVP click here.
Shouts to 2-Tone and DJ Roddy Rod for putting together yet another installation of their DC Loves Dilla event, which is in its 9th year. The event, which takes place annually, celebrates the life and music of famed Detroit producer Jay Dee (Jay Dilla, Dilla, and countless other iterations of his name) who’s signature sound changed the landscape of music having crafted tracks for Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and many more.
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Our latest edition of COLOR of SOUND, which was brought to you by the good people of BROOKLYN WILDLIFE, was CRAZY from start to finish. For starters, after the lecture 2-Tone and I gave at the Miami Ad School (Brooklyn campus), we get back to the gallery to find a hip-hop icon – Fab 5 Freddy checking out the show. Chris (BKWLDLFE) told me he gets prints made at a shop that’s located in the same building as Fuchs Projects (the gallery that hosted the event), BUT the fact that he chilled and liked what he saw, set the tone.
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2-Tone and I will be starting off the year right. Our first talk will take place at the Miami Ad School (Brooklyn – DUMBO campus) Monday January 14, where, instead of us talking about the cultural parallels between jazz culture and hip-hop culture we’ve been invited to be apart of their “Industry Hero” Series where we’ll be discussing our creative inspirations behind and creative marketing for SHAOLIN JAZZ, specifically creative content development, creative cultural engagement development, and creative branding development.
AM Radio recently had the pleasure of producing one of our notable live murals during this year’s “Crafty Bastard’s” festival, produced by the Washington CityPaper, via Cricket Wireless. Sheila Reed (head of CityPaper advertising) has reached out to us in previous years to provide visual creative enhancement for a participating brand and this year Cricket was interested.
Shouts to Sheila Reed for another successful year of Crafty Bastards (heard over 5000 in attendance) and Cricket Wireless for bringing us out and shouts to the crew – Aniekan Udofia for holding down the painting duties and Wes Clark, and Buck for the setup.
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COLOR of SOUND, the newest creative extension of the SHAOLIN JAZZ music project, which will debut at the first annual BlackStar Film Festival, will highlight the visuals (art, music videos, and event photography) that have been created and taken for SHAOLIN JAZZ.
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Checked out the homie Aniekan Udofia’s closing reception for his latest show “The Village B-boy” at Lamont Bishop Gallery. Another solid, cohesive range of works that shows Udofia’s attention to detail and attention to conceptual detail. And considering the focus of the show I really enjoyed his use of Kente patterns.
Per his words: “The Village B-boy is about my experience in Nigeria in the 90’s and witnessing the Hip-Hop explosion.”
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Philly has always been a good look for DJ 2-Tone Jones and I and this time was no different. From our discussion about SHAOLIN JAZZ at Temple University to the listening party later that evening at Vivant Art Collection – the SHAOLIN JAZZ activities that went down last weekend were on point!
Lots of people to thank but its very necessary, as 2-Tone and I weren’t expecting to receive half as much love as we thought we would and that’s only due to a list of individuals that worked to help us do so.
Thanks to Jeana (Temple Univ) for inviting us to speak, Madia – for the introduction to Florcy, Florcy (Vivant Art Collection) for hosting the listening party, Alexis (Madison Davenport PR), Supa Tang for the constant spins on your radio show, Aniekan (Live Art), Tewodross – live video mixing (That Soul Cinematic), Chris Carr for shooting (Eat the Cake NYC ), Phil (Accommodations), Ed (Chairman’s Reserve Rum), Robert (vitaminwater), YaYa (Red Bull), Rahsaan (AfroTaino), LaNeshe (Painted Bride Project), Edwin, Meaghan (Uristocrat), Tayyib, Meegan (two.one.five mag), Lindsay, Asia (our lovely bartenders) and everyone that attended.
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