BAM Affiliation New York-based Chinese-American saxophonist and social activist, Fred Ho (1957-2014) was one of the leading composers of his generation. He founded the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble in 1982, the Monkey Orchestra in 1990, and the Green Monster Big Band in 2008. His unique musical concept fuses Western and Eastern influences and was heavily inspired by Duke Ellington, Stravinsky, Sun Ra, and Asian operatic forms with black and yellow exploitation movie soundtracks. Ho's work at BAM included Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of MONKEY (1997 Next Wave), Once Upon a Time in Chinese America (2001 Next Wave), and The Sweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali (2013 Next Wave). Ho passed away at his home in Brooklyn at age 56 following a long illness.
Works performed at BAM The Sweet Science Suite