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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Batman Ninja / Recap

We couldn’t imagine a better way to start the “official” beginning of summer than to conduct CAN I KICK IT? at The National Gallery of Art – East Building (their contemporary wing), which also, and more importantly, helped to them kick-off their new “Japanese Animals” art exhibition.  The collection is an historic exhibition of 17 centuries of animals in Japanese art that rarely leave Japan.

We certainly hope people enjoyed how we do storytelling via our curation of music to the newly minted anime Batman Ninja, we encourage you to check out this incredible exhibition, and we look forward to the day rocking the amazing space that is the NGA.

Thanks again to the NGA for bringing us and thank you to everyone who attended.

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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / Recap

Despite all of the moving parts that came with conducting CAN I KICK IT? at The Kennedy Center, we also decided to conduct our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, the day before, which would feature art inspired by The Warriors movie.  The exhibition went well.

We featured six artists from previous SOUND PATTERNS shows and one new one, which included Nick Tha 1da, Makeba Rainey, John Ortiz, Brody Rose, Josue Martinez, and Kojo Boateng.  The show, which will be on display till December 20th at the Victor L Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE), is of a cohesive yet unique variety with some artists also drawing from personal experiences to help drive their pieces.  A viewing of the show is via appointment only: Mon-Fri 10 am – 3 pm and Thurs 10 am – 7 pm.  If interested email: info@shaolinjazz.com.

Our SOUND PATTERNS exhibition also provided an opportunity for us to connect with fans who both could and could not attend Saturday’screening while also serving as a platform to educate people who were unfamiliar with our event at The Kennedy Center, which led to last minute ticket sales – ultimately leading us to selling out the Terrace Theater.

Thanks to everyone who attended, Calabash Tea & Tonic for providing the munchies and some refreshment, El Silencio Mezcal for providing the cocktails, and Red Bull for providing the additional flavor.

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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / 12.7.18

In celebration of our CAN I KICK IT? screening of “The Warriors” (on 12.8.18 at The Kennedy Center) we’re excited to announce that we’ll be conducting our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, on 12.7.18, featuring a range of works inspired by the movie – capturing the essence of the classic film.

This special edition of SOUND PATTERNS will take place on Friday December 7th at the Victor L. Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE – Brookland), from 7 – 11 PM, and will include music by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones.  For more info/RSVP click here.

SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Barry Bishop

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Barry Bishop. Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 30th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.  For info click here.

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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell. Check out hers and the other artists work on exhibit at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 30th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.  For info click here.

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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Ja’Mon Jackson

Check out our Studio Visit with SOUND PATTERNS featured artist: Ja’Mon Jackson.  Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit this week at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 17th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – The Ethiopia Edition / Wayna

 

Untitled-1Meet Wayna, a highly notable Grammy nominated singer/songwriter who will be performing this Saturday at our SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – The Ethiopia Edition live performance at Tropicalia.  Wayna, who is of Ethiopian descent, was part of the team that traveled with us to Addis, and was hugely instrumental in the success that we had there.

How has your environment influenced your music?

It has given me the life experiences from which I draw the subject matter and values, which influence the music profoundly.

How do you feel about hip-hop culture and if you’re a fan, have you incorporated it into your music?

I became a fan, after working with so many hip-hop purists.  I have incorporated in my work the storyteller style of writing, improvisation, and some poetic techniques.

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Ester Rada

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Ester Rada is an Israeli singer with Ethiopian cultural roots. From Nina Simone, to Erykah Badu  and Jill Scott, Rada’s musical influences allow her to combine the sounds of funk, soul, and R&B to create Ethio-Soul.  Check out her single “Out” here