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SHAOLIN JAZZ – College and Univ Lecture Series Univ Wyoming – Recap

Our programming at University of Wyoming was the most expansive we’ve done to date, becoming one of our most memorable trips.  Our two day stint at the school consisted of a panel discussion and SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE (featuring DJ 2-Tone Jones and Sound of the City) – day one, and a classroom lecture and COLOR of SOUND (which included student artwork) – day two.

Despite a lot of moving parts (production, personnel, etc) each event ran pretty smoothly, received good attendance followed up by fully engaged attendees; making for a great experience.

Thanks to Michael Lange and Kayla Luneman (SAC), Ashley Dallum (234 Gallery), Rodney Garnett, Ulrich Adelt, and Rex Amend (panelists), and Sound of the City (Biscuit, Chooki, Solomon, and Vohn).

Stay tuned for more trips and for more pics of our trip click Read the rest of this entry

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SHAOLIN JAZZ – COLOR of SOUND at University of Wyoming and more…

DJ 2-Tone Jones and I are pleased to announce that the next series of our SHAOLIN JAZZ – College Lectures is on the horizon starting with Berea College (Berea, KY) – Thursday October 25th.

About two weeks later (November 7-8) our next college talk will take place at University of Wyoming, where we’ll be conducting a two day series of programming, which will include various speaking engagements, live performances, and more.  In addition to these events we’ll also be presenting the second edition of our COLOR of SOUND art exhibition and we’re reaching out to the art and graphic design students of University of Wyoming to see if they’d be interested exhibiting work.

If you or someone that you know is a current University of Wyoming student and you think that they might be interested in participating in COLOR of SOUND click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – Video – Blue Hype

Check out the latest video from the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog produced by Tewodross Melchishua (Art 408 Visual CultureM3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors) for the track “Blue Hype.

As you watch please check for the details and layers Tewodross uses to draw you in.

Stay tuned for more…

SHAOLIN JAZZ – Video – Brew Out

This experience producing SHAOLIN JAZZ has allowed me to meet a number of innovators, of various disciplines, and one such person is Tewodross Melchishua – the cat who produced the video above for the SHAOLIN JAZZ track “Brew Out.”

In addition to Tewodross’ video production talents he’s also an educator that teaches an in-demand hip-hop course at Bowie State called Art 408 Visual Culture, what he calls “a visual study of hip-hop and B-Boy culture, urban/contemporary art.”  And if that wasn’t enough Tewodross also curates a hip-hop exhibition called M3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors.

I’d actually seen Tewodross’ video work at different events, not knowing who he was, but 2-Tone gave me the proper intro as he thought his Live Video Mixing or as Tewodross calls it “Visual Music” would be a perfect addition to our listening parties in addition to him also creating his brand of videos for tracks from SHAOLIN JAZZ.

Tewodross’ “Visual Music,” (a unique blend of vintage pictures, video, verbiage, sounds, and colors) complemented our PHILA Listening Party like he’d been with the team since day one, so lookout for him at our listening parties and we’ll also be releasing a new SHAOLIN JAZZ video of his every month.  Click here to check out more of Tewodross’ video mixes and stay tuned for the iLL.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts

After receiving a great deal of positive feedback from the SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest, which included a variety of requests for SHAOLIN JAZZ related product based on those graphics, DJ 2-Tone Jones and I decided to release a series of T-shirts, via the Red Bubble platform.  The graphics chosen are comprised of the top six designs (including the winner) that we considered to be the front-runners in the competition.

Click here to see/order the full range of tees and click the links below to check out a mock-up of the design as a graphic tee, a link to its Red Bubble page, and an interview we conducted on the designer: Shamona Stokes, Vassilina Pljonkina, Jean Mosambi, Chris L, Terrence Knoles, Matthew Stuckey.

*To purchase the T-shirts click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Shamona Stokes

What’s your name and where are you from?
Shamona Stokes. I’m originally from Jersey but have spent the last 13 years in New York (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan)

Who or what got you interested in design?
As an illustration major at Pratt, I didn’t have a real interest in graphic design or making art on the computer. I was more drawn to working with my hands: drawing, painting, and collage. But after graduation, I took a few design classes and developed a real love of typography. After paying my dues and a lot of late nights, I landed a great job as an art director at a small design studio where I had the creative freedom to learn as much as possible.  Click here to order Shamona’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Chris L

What’s your name and where are you from?

Please call me Chris L, I’m from Toronto-Canada and I’m currently based out of the worlds most densely populated city-Hong Kong.

Who or what got you interested in design?

Born a Libra, I feel I have some sort of natural attraction to well designed things.  Design has been a big part of my life since my teens. From what I remember it started from collecting comics, hip hop records, magazines and all sorts of party flyers. There was this one xl sized rave flyer with a chrome 3D skull, neon tech fonts and a million DJs listed with another million sponsors all neatly placed and aligned.  I thought that was the shit. But things changed when I bought GZAs liquid swords, the artwork by Denys Cowan/DC comics made me see design differently. It mended my love for drawing, design, and Hip Hop all together.  Click here to order Chris’ SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Vassilina Pljonkina

What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Vassilina Pljonkina and I’m from Tallinn, Estonia.

Who or what got you interested in design?

Graphic design itself and on the whole is my basic interest – it’s my work and my hobby.

What kinds of projects do you most enjoy?

I like to take a part in contests for designers, especially poster contests. I enjoy these projects, because of minimum requirements and wide opportunities to realize and show my ideas.  Click here to order Vassilina’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Matthew Stuckey

What’s your name and where are you from?

Matthew Stuckey – Adelaide Australia

Who or what got you interested in design?

When I was really young I used to copy Garfield comics so I was influenced a lot by the neatness of Jim Davis’ illustrations. As a teenager I used to teach myself how to draw Major League, NBA and NFL logos, so I was always interested in combining custom type and characters to form really tight compositions.

How has your upbringing and or environment inspired you or shaped your design process?

I guess if you’re creative visually, you absorb a lot from your environment; colours, signs, typography, shapes of buildings. As far as my upbringing, I was always encouraged to try new things and find what I was good at, so they helped obviously.  Click here to order Matthew’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Terrence Knoles

What’s your name and where are you from?

Terrence Knoles. San Francisco, California.

Who or what got you interested in design?

Skateboarding. I grew up in the 90s and skateboarding was at the center of my world. Besides actually pushing the board around, skateboarding served as my mechanism for discovering new music, finding artists and learning about print and logo design. Without it, I may not have ever discovered graphic design.  Click here to order Terrence’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry