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SOUND PATTERNS at Bowie State University


We’re pleased to announce that The Bowie State University Gallery of Art and VCDMA (Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts) will, for it’s Black History Month 2018 programming, be presenting SOUND PATTERNS by SHAOLIN JAZZ

Opening reception Mar.1.18 / 6 – 8 PM / DJ 2-Tone Jones (hip-hop, jazz, rare grooves) / Artist Talk

For all exhibition info including the opening reception click here.



CAN I KICK IT? – Chinatown / Washington, DC

Props to the Downtown DC BID for creating this highly impactful media opportunity.  If you’re in Chinatown (Washington, DC) check us out.  And for all info about the Downtown Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? outdoor screening series click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – A / V / Recap


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


SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Tewodross Melchishua

TEO_ColorMeet 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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CULTURE SCIENCE – Launch Party / Recap


Nothing but good times at the launch party for CULTURE SCIENCE STUDIOS.  Props to all of those who attended, thank you to Reggie and Mo (1920DC) for allowing us to conduct our launch during their Friday night event (No Rules Fridays), big shout to everyone that helped to promote our event, and salute to Baked Beans Bakery for providing complimentary gourmet deserts.  Please continue to visit as we fill out the site and for more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry


SHAOLIN JAZZ Apparel / The Unisex Tee

SHAOLIN JAZZ T-shirts come available in over 15 unique Jazz and Hip Hop-inspired designs, and different colors and sizes.  Click here and cop one today.


Byrd Over Staten DC & NYC Listening Parties Recap


Salute to everyone that attended our listening parties in DC and NYC.  Its always a fresh and humbling experience to meet those that dig the project.   Thanks to Songbyrd (DC) and The Reed Space (NYC) for hosting and thanks also to everyone that helped to make them happen.  We certainly appreciate your support.  For more recap pics Read the rest of this entry


Soft Launch Party for


I’ve had so much going on that I kept this under wraps, but I recently designed a website ( to complement my DOCUMENT the Fresh exhibitions, where I highlight the event and concert photography from novice and established photographers) and tonight I’m doing a soft launch party for it hosted by the good people of 1920dc, so come thru, hang out, let’s have some good food and good drinks and take shoot some flicks.  For the event info click here.


DOCUMENT the Fresh – Video #1

Check out video #1, produced by Roddy Rod of Humble Monarch Media & Design, for Saturday’s DOCUMENT the Fresh – Event & Concert Photography exhibition.  The video features photos from the exhibition photographers Rosina “Teri” Memolo, Dafna Steinberg, and Vickey Ford.


MAKE NO!SE x Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi x Native Shoes – Photo Shoot

When I first started MAKE NO!SE there were a number of individuals that I knew I wanted to highlight and Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi was one of them.  I first met Kat (via a mutual friend) at a house warming party for a friend of ours about 6-8 years ago and it was during that first conversation (while Kat explained what she did and would like to do) all that I could think of was “DRIVEN.”  She’s one of those people that has a genuinely positive aura and energy about themselves, armed with fresh ideas and a self-motivating drive to make them happen and happen correctly.

Her company, Lil SoSo Productions, produces some of the most eclectic and concept driven events (ed. note – she’s NOT a promoter), in addition to managing an array of colorful artists and DJs, the DC area (and the east coast for that matter) has to offer.  Through the years I’ve worked with Kat on a variety of projects and its always amazing to run with individuals who can bring their visions to life.

Check out the photo shoot and corresponding video which highlight Kat through her home office and events she developed and executed for Smirnoff’s “Master of the Mix” DJ reality show.  Photography by Rosina Photography, video by Opiyo Okeyo, product support by Native Shoes.   Click the link below to see the full shoot:

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