Our recent performance of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE, which quickly became a standing-room-only event, was, hands-down, one of our top 3 best performances to date and the fact that we conducted it at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (in the heart of SE DC) to both kick-off their Jazz Appreciation Month programming as well as in conjunction with the opening of their new A Right to the City exhibition made it all the more special.
Thanks to Perry and Marcia for bringing us, thanks to Sound of the City (band) for again allowing us to realize our vision through your musical talents, and props to everyone who attended making it a truly memorable show in, by, and for the city.
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We’re pleased to announce that the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum has asked us to conduct SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE as apart of their Jazz Appreciation Month celebration. Join us on Saturday April 28th, 2 PM – 4 PM, and its free. For more info/RSVP click here.
And in addition to our DC Listening Party, we’re happy to announce that, in celebration of our upcoming Sweet Nancy from Shaolin music project, we’ll be conducting an NYC Listening Party/SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition (plus Artist Talk) in Brooklyn on Thurs. May 10th at Basquiat’s Bottle, 6 PM – Close, No Cover. For additional info/RSVP click here.
While Hip-Hop has a long history of multi-talented artists – producers who rap, rappers who sing – few can claim a track record that includes heading a creative label, producing for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist, winning the 2001 US Open open forms competition. Ru AREYOU is a Sacramento raised, Los Angeles based jack of all trades who’s honed his skills across these mediums for close to a decade & is seeing his audience grow tremendously over the past year.
SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview by Myk Blauuw) got a chance to speak with Ru AREYOU about his background, tour life, and what drives him creatively.
SJ: For the folks that don’t know you, can you give a little background on yourself? Who is Ru AREYOU?
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Main Source (Large Professor, Neek the Exotic, Joe Fatale), the revered rap group who introduced the world to Nas, blessed DC last Thurs with their classic show (at Songbyrd) performing hits, freestyles, in addition to treating our ears to new music as well as playing unreleased joints from the legendary Pete Rock. Word.
And if that wasn’t enough, the show openers included North Carolina’s Raw Wattage, DC’s own J Scienide (peep that Ninja Vuitton and shouts to Kev Brown who performed with J) who was introduced by the iconic Bobbito Garcia. But wait, legendary mixtape DJ DJ Doo Wop was also in attendance, and DJ 2-Tone Jones served as the resident DJ for everyone who performed.
No fakes. No imitations. Just straight classic raw. And shouts to SHAOLens for the snaps.
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Introducing our latest multimedia engagement: SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V (AUDIOVISUAL) – an audio/video journey through the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts. DJ 2-Tone combines the art of DJing with video-mixing in an innovative multimedia experience that explores the music that has inspired the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog in sync with moving visuals, select music videos, and clips from iconic martial arts films and vintage flicks. For booking/inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org and for visuals click Read the rest of this entry
It was a lot of work from start to finish (we drove up to NYC immediately following CAN I KICK IT? Tues. night), but I must say that our first BizBash trade show (on Wed.) yielded success for us in a variety of ways. If you’re unfamiliar with BizBash they’re one of America’s top sources for news, ideas and resources for event and meeting professionals, via their websites, web tools, and exhibitions.
BizBash NYC, which took place at the Jacob Javitz Center, gave us an opportunity to meet and network with a range of event specialists from brands and institutions such as Westin Hotels, NYU, and Viacom, where we, for six hours straight, got a chance to speak to them about our SHAOLIN JAZZ multimedia engagements.
We, for the most part, have conducted the majority of our engagements at colleges and universities and us exhibiting at BizBash is our first big push at developing business in the corporate space.
Despite only getting three hours of sleep and dealing with the grind of NYC morning and evening commuter traffic the show was more than worth it (we’ll be back) and to check out the recap click Read the rest of this entry
Props to the homie Kat for adding to her legacy of dropping the illest Fela Kuti celebrations to date, Black President’s Day. If you’ve never been to a Lil SoSo event (Kat’s experience and event design agency) then you’re missing out on some of the most engaging and original events and creative salons, globally, and if you’ve never been to her Black President’s Day events then re-read what I just wrote.
The crowds and energy are amazing, and add to that world renown DJs, live musicians, the highly anticipated Queens Stroll, and video montages of Fela’s performances and speeches, and you’ve got yourself a memorable time. It sounds simple, right, but you’ve also got to have the mix of everything on top of experience or it simply won’t work.