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Afro Asian Music Ensemble, founded 1982
Monkey Orchestra, founded 1990
Afro Asian Arts Dialogue with poet Kalamu Yu Salaam, founded 1991
Asian American Art Ensemble, 1981-1988
Brooklyn Sax Quartet, co-founded with David Bindman, 1997
Caliente! Circle Around the Sun, with poets Magdalena Gomez and Raul Salinas, 2005

Composer (commissions)

The Struggle for a New World Suite
Temple University, Peregrine Arts and The Pew Charitable Trust
Temple University, Philadelpia, PA 2007

Two Poems by James Tate set to Music
(Teaching the Ape to Write Poems and Dear Reader)

Mrs. Mary Sharp Cronson and the Works and Process Series at the
Guggenheim Museum
, 2006

Dragon versus Eagle! (Enter the White Barbarians; Voice of the Dragon 3)
The Apollo Theater Foundation, Peregrine Arts
New York City and Philadelphia, 2005
Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Program
Premiere scheduled for 2008 Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival)

Suite for Martiarchal Shaman Warriors IIIZ+
(“three Zithers Plus”: Japanese koto, Korean kayagum, Chinese zheng Plus percussion)
Meet the Composer Commissioning Program, Juneau, Alaska and New York City, 2005

The Raven Suite,
CrossSound and the National Endowment for the Arts, Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, 2005

Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon!,
Big Red Media, Inc. and the New York State Council on the Arts (for co-writer Ruth Margraff), The Japan Society, New York City, 2005

Suite Sam Furnace
(dedicated to the alto saxophonist who worked 20 years with Fred Ho and passed away on January 27, 2004),
Chamber Music America Jazz Commissioning Award and Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble, New York City, 2004-5

Josephine Baker’s Angels from the Rainbow
Imani Winds and Meet the Composer Commissioning Program, NY, 2003

Voice of the Dragon 2: Shaolin Secret Stories
(sequel to Voice of the Dragon: Once Upon a Time in Chinese America…The Martial Arts Epic),
Caribbean Cultural Center, The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., the New York State Council on the Arts and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, NY, 2002

All Power to the People! The Black Panther Suite
(with Live Digital Interact Video Mixing and Martial Arts Ballet),
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1999
Northeastern University Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
and The Rockefeller Foundation, 2002

Hipster Harvey (saxophone quartet),
Brooklyn Academy of Music in celebration of the retirement of Harvey Lichtenstein, Brooklyn, NY, 1999

From the First Pop!
Harvard-Radcliffe Office of the Arts to celebrate the retirement of Myra Mayman (founder-director), Cambridge, MA, 1999

Night Vision: A New Third to First World Vampyre Opera
Ruth E. Margraff, librettist
HERE Arts Center and The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, 1998, 1999

Warrior Sisters: The New Adventures of African and Asian Womyn Warriors
(opera), Ann T. Greene, librettist
The Mary Flagler Cary Trust and Aaron Davis Hall/City College of New York, New York, NY, 1998
Arizona State University-Tempe Public Events, AZ, 2000

Once Upon a Time in Chinese America
A Martial Arts Ballet and Music/Theater Epic

World Music Institute
New York State Council on the Arts and The Mary Flagler Cary Trust,
New York, NY 1995

The Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey!
Monkey Orchestra,
Meet the Composer, Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival and The Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY, 1997 and 1995

The White Peril: Too Wrong for Too Long!,
Music in Motion and Zeitgeist Ensemble,
Fleischer Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1994

Yes Means Yes, No Means No, Whatever She Wears, Wherever She Goes! Suite
Afro Asian Music Ensemble, Brooklyn Women’s Anti-Rape Exchange and WHAM!,
National Endowment for the Arts, New York, NY 1993

Contradiction, Please! The Revenge of Charlie Chan,
Relache Contemporary Music Ensemble and
Meet the Composer, Philadelphia, PA, 1992-1993

Beyond Columbus and Capitalism, Rova Saxophone Quartet,
Meet the Composer, San Francisco, CA, 1992

Havoc in Gold Mountain
Music theater, Association of Performing Arts Presenters/Lila Wallace Readers Digest, Boro of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY, 1992

Turn Pain Into Power!
Billingual multimedia oratorio, Brooklyn Art and Culture Association, New York, NY, 1991

A Chinamen’s Chance, Afro Asian opera,
American Music Center and New York State Council for the Arts,
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY, 1989

A Song for Manong, Music theater score,
Life on the Water, San Francisco, CA, 1988

XX, Solo baritone sax musical theater score for a Genny Lim play, San Francisco, CA, 1986

Recordings (as leader)
Red Arc: A Call for Liberacion (with poet Raul Salinas), Wings Press, 2005
The Black Panther Suite: All Power to the People! DVD, Innova/Big Red Media 2003
Voice of the Dragon: Once Upon a Time in Chinese America…, Innova and Big Red Media, Inc., 2001
The Way of the Saxophone, Innova and Big Red Media, Inc., 2000
Night Vision: A Third to First World Vampyre Opera (book with double CD), Autonomedia and Big Red Media, Inc. 1999
Warrior Sisters: The New Adventures of African and Asian Womyn Warriors (double CD), Koch Jazz, 1999
Yes Means Yes, No Means No, Whatever She Says, Wherever She Goes!, Koch Jazz, 1998
Turn Pain Into Power!, Afro Asian Music Ensemble, O.O. Discs, 1997
Monkey: Part Two, The Monkey Orchestra, Koch Jazz, 1997
Monkey: Part One, The Monkey Orchestra, Koch Jazz, 1996
The Underground Railroad to My Heart, Soul Note, 1994 (Village Voice Best Albums of 1994)
We Refuse to be Used and Abused, Soul Note, 1989 (Village Voice Choice Albums of the Decade)
A Song for Manong, AsianImprov Records, 1988
Bamboo That Snaps Back, Finnadar/Atlantic, 1987 (Coda Magazine Critics Choice Album of the Year)
Tomorrow Is Now!, Soul Note, 1986 (Chicago Observer Best Album of the Year; Village Voice Choice Albums of the Decade)

Forthcoming new CD releases
Voice of the Dragon 2: SHAOLIN SECRET STORIES
Big Red!
Blazing on the Turquoise Sea

All Power to the People! The Black Panther Ballet Suite
Innova and Big Red Media, Inc., 2003

Ucross Foundation Residency, Clearmount, Wyoming, 2005
David and Julia White Artist Colony, Cuidad Colon, Costa Rica 2004, 2006
Civitella Ranieri Center, Umbria, Italy, 2001
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1999
Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA, 1999, 2004
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy, 1998
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1996
Music in Motion, Fleischer Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 1993-1994
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1993
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1992
Composer-to-Composer, Telluride, CO, 1991
New College of California Arts and Social Change Program, San Francisco, CA, 1990
Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1989
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 1988
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1987

Julius Hemphill Sextet, 1993
Change of the Century Orchestra, 1987
Gil Evans Orchestra, 1987
Charlie Persip Superband, 1982-1987
Archie Shepp Attica Blues Big Band, 1985-1986

McKnight Fellowship and the American Composers Forum, 2000
Rockefeller Foundation, Multi-Arts Projects, 2005, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1991
Julius Hemphill Jazz Composers Awards, Boston Jazz Composers Alliance, 1998
National Endowment for the Arts, Opera-Musical Theater Fellowship, 1994
National Endowment for the Arts, Music Composition Fellowship, 1993
Honoree, Chinese for Affirmative Action (San Francisco), 1991
American Music Center Copying Assistance Grant, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996
New York Foundation for the Arts Music Composition Fellowship, 1989, 1994, 2004
Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award, 17th Annual Black Musicians Conference, University of Massachusetts, 1988
Peter Ivers Fellowship, Harvard University, 1987
ASCAP Composers Award, 1986-present
Meet the Composer, 1982-present

Community activity
Community and Immigrant Labor, HERE Local 17, McKnight Residency, Minneapolis –
St. Paul, MN, 2000 – 2001
Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
John Brown Anti-Racism Conference, Hunter College, 2000
Asian Pacific American Ad-Hoc Committee
Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex
Jericho Movement for Amnesty for U.S. Political Prisoners
Eastwind Magazine, Contributing Editor/Writer, 1983-9
Co-Founder, AsianImprov Records, Oakland, CA, 1988
Founding Artist, Asian American Jazz Festival, Jazz Center of NY, 1985
Project Director, First Annual Asian American Interdisciplinary Arts Festival: Roots to Reality: Asian America in Transition, 1985
Owner/Founder, Transformation Art Publisher, New York, NY, 1984
Member, Asian Americans for Jesse Jackson, 1984
Executive Committee, Alliance for Asian American Arts and Culture, New York, NY, 1981
Member, Chinese Progressive Association, New York, NY, 1981
Founder, Asian American Resource Workshop, Boston, MA, 1979
Founder, East Coast Asian Student Union, 1978
Founder, Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association, 1976
Founder, New England Pacific/Asian Coalition, National Institute of Mental Health, Boston, MA, 1975
Founder, Harvard-Radcliffe Task Force on Affirmation Action, 1975
Founder, Amherst Asian American Education Committee, 1974
Numerous Benefits for anti-Asian violence, Asian women’s shelter, Asian cultural organizations, community groups, political campaigns, workers strike committees, prisoners, etc., throughout the USA.

B.A., Sociology, Harvard University, 1979

Related activities
Board of Directors: Meet the Composer, 1993-1996
Curator: Music Committee, Dance Theater Workshop
Panelist: Massachusetts Council on the Arts Composers Fellowships, 2001
Music Series Curatorial Committee, Dance Theater Workshop, 1993-1996
Arts Midwest Jazz Masters Award, 1992
Meet the Composer, 1992 (twice)
New England Foundation for the Arts, 1991
Mid-Atlantic Interdisciplinary Arts Re-grant Program, 1989
New York State Council on the Arts, 1982-1985
Featured Speaker: National Jazz Service Organization, 1992
MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures in the U.S.), 2004
American Studies Association, 2004
National Asian American Studies Association, 2004, 1992, 1993
National Association of Latino Arts and College (NALAC), 2003
College Art Association, 1994
Cultural Diversity Based on Cultural Grounding Conference, Network of Cultural Centers of Color, 1993
National Asian American Studies Conference, 1990, 1991, 1993
Business Volunteers for the Arts, San Francisco, 1988
Jazz and World Music, Wesleyen University, 1986
National Advisor, Plymouth Music Series, Minneapolis, MN (on-going)
Featured Artist, A Great Day in New York Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 2001
Featured Artist, Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival 1997, 2001
Signed to Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI) for 2002-3 North American Tour of VOICE OF THE DRAGON: Once Upon a Time in Chinese America…The Martial Arts Epic (33 U.S. cities and major concert/performance venues).

AsiaNetwork (European representation)
Big Red Media, Inc., Founder/President, a multi-media production company
Francis Golden Literary Agency (for print publishing)
Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI) for 2002-3 U.S. National Tour of Voice of the Dragon


Aucksburg Community College
Arizona State University
Bard College
Baruch College
Bates College
Borders Bookstores in Honolulu and Kauai
Boro of Manhattan Community College
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bunker Hill Community College
California State University, Sacramento
Caribbean Cultural Center – New York City
Claremont and Pomona College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cooper Union
Cornell University
Emory and Henry Flagler College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Holyoke Community College
Hunter College
Jamaica Arts Center – New York City
Kapiolani Community College (Hawaii)
MacAlester College
Metro State University
MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures in the U.S.)
National Asian American Studies Association
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)
New College of California
New York City Public Schools
The New School for Social Research
New York University Northeastern University
Notre Dame University
Oberlin College
Princeton University
Rhode Island College
Sacramento City College
Saint Mary College
Scripps College
Smithsonian Institution
Stanford University
SUNY-New Paltz
Swarthmore College
Trinity College
San Francisco City College
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Trinity College
Tufts College
University of California - Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz
University of Colorado – Bolder and Denver
University of Connecticut – Storrs
University of Delaware
University of Hawaii – Manoa
University of Illinois – Urbana
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Dartmouth
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor & Flint
University of Minnesota
University of Southern Florida – Tampa
University of Texas – Austin & San Antonio
University of Vermont
University of Virginia – Charlottesville
University of Washington-Tacoma
University of Wisconsin – Madison and Whitewater
Vassar College
Williams College
Yale University
Yavapai Community College

Fred Ho books (published)

Wicked Theory, Naked Practice: Collected Political, Cultural and Creative Writings by Fred Ho
(University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

AFRO/ASIA: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African and Asian Americans
co-edited with Bill V. Mullen (Duke University Press, 2006)

Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America, (AK Press, 2000),
The Sheroes Womyn Warriors Calendar, (Autonomedia/Semiotext)
published annually since 1998

Winner, American Book Award, 1996:
Sounding Off! Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution
co-edited with Ron Sakolsky (Autonomedia/Semiotext, 1995)

(To be published):
Wicked Theory, Naked Practice: Collected Political, Cultural and Creative Writings by Fred Ho (Uniersity of Minnesota Press, 2006)

Published articles by Fred Ho

Many articles also appear in books edited by Fred Ho (see above “Books”)

Kickin’ the White Man’s Ass: Black Power and
Aesthetics and the Asian Martial Arts, AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics

edited by Heike Raphael-Hernandez and Shannon Steen
New York and London: New York University Press, 2006

Fred Ho’s Tribute to the Black Arts Movement
(a Canadian music journal on improvisation)

Fred Ho’s Tribute to the Black Arts Movement, Critical Review, 2006

Bamboo That Snaps Back! Resistance and Revolution in Asian Pacific American Working Class and Left-Wing Expressive Culture
Twentieth-Century Americanisms: The Left and Modern Literatures of the United States
edited by William Mullen and Jim Smethurst, North Carolina Press, 2001

New and Experimental Genres in Late 20th Century American Multicultural Music, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (North America volume)
edited by Ellen Koskoff, Garland Publishing, 2001, p. 334-7

The History of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association
H-R AAA Handbook, Harvard University, 2001

Doing It Yourself: Big Red Media, a Composer/Musician-Driven Production Company
American Composers Forum newsletter, Summer 1998, p. 1

Beyond Asian American Jazz: My Musical and Political Changes in the Asian American Movement
Leonardo Music Journal, Vol 9, pp. 45-51, 1999

Fred Ho, Musician and Composer: A Response, Yellow Light: The Flowering of Asian American Arts
ed. by Amy Ling, Temple University Press: Philadelphia, 1999, pp. 347-354

Doing It Yourself: Big Red Media, a Composer/Musician-Driven Production Company
American Composers Forum newsletter, Summer 1998, p. 1

How to Sell But Not Sell Out: Some Personal Lessons from Making a Career as a Subversive and Radical Performing Artist
Movement Research Journal #12, NYC, 1996, p. 18

What Makes ‘Jazz’ the Revolutionary Music of the 20th Century, and Will It Be Revolutionary for the 21st Century?
African American Review, Vol 29, No. 2, 1995, pp. 283-290

From Banana to Third World Marxist, Boyhood, Growing Up Male: A Multicultural Anthology
ed. By Franklin Abbott, The Crossing Press, 1993, republished by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1998

Asian Americans Are Not Exotic! Asian American Arts Dialogue, Winter 1993, pp. 5, 11; the same article also appeared in Movement Research Journal #8, NYC, 1994, p. 7

Marxism and Asian Americans: The Struggle Continues!, Forward Motion Asian Pacific American Special Issue edited by Fred Ho, Meizhu Liu, Ellen Somekawa and Dang Tran, Vol. 11, No. 3, Jamaica Plain, MA, 1992

A Call for Cultural Guerillas: U.S. Imperialism in it’s Monopoly Stage and it’s Effects on Where American Culture is Going
Movement Research Performance Journal #4, Winter/Spring 1992

Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen: Political Détente Through the Medium of Jazz, Notes From a Work in Progress
The City Sun newspaper, June 19-25, 1991, pp. 27, 31, 35

The Real Next Wave: Multicultural Artists and Empowerment as Sources for New American Art, Reimaging America: The Arts and Social Change
ed. by Craig Little and Mark O’Brien, New Society Publishers: Philadelphia, PA, 1990, pp. 124-127

Asian American Music and Empowerment: Is There Such a Thing as ‘Asian American Jazz’?”, Views on Black American Music
17th Annual Black Musicians Conference, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1989, pp. 27-31

Tomoe Tana: Keeping Alive Japanese American Tanka
Asian Week newspaper, June 17, 1988, p. 18

Fred Ho guest edited a special issue of East Wind: Politics and Culture of Asians in America, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring/Summer 1986 for which the following articles were written: Introduction: The Cutting Edge—Asian American Creativity and Change; Revolutionary Asian American Art: Tradition and Change, Inheritance and Innovation, Not Imitation! (pp.4-8); An ABC from NYC: ‘Charlie’ Chin, Asian American Singer and Songwriter; The Brown Power Poet: Serafin Malay Syquia (1943-1973); Best of the Best: Recent Book and Record Releases

Review of Jazz Insights: A Musician’s Guide to Making a Recording, Arts Midwest newsletter

Books in which Fred Ho is discussed as a major subject

Mullen, Bill.
Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.

Wong, Deborah. 
Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music.
New York: Routledge Press, 2005.

Sucheng Chan. 
Asian Americans: An Interpretative History.
New York: Twayne’s Publishers, 1991.

Su Zheng. 
Claiming Diaspora:  Music, Transnationalism, and Cultural Politics in Asian/Chinese America.
London:  Oxford University Press, 2006.

Kingman, Daniel and Candelaria, Lorenzo. 
American Music: A Panorama.  Belmont, CA: Schirmer/Thompson, 2006.

Signigicant scolarly studies about Fred Ho in journals

Asai, Susan M.,
Cultural Politics: The African American Connection in Asian American Jazz-based Music
Asian Music, Vol. XXXVI-1, Winter/Spring 2005, Published by the University of Texas Press for the Society For Asian Music, 87-108.

Zhang, Wei-hua,
Fred Wei-han Ho: Case Study of a Chinese-American Creative Musician
Asian Music 25 (1-2)/ 81-114, 1993/4.