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Upcoming performances by Fred Ho
  • Nov. 8th - afro asian music ensemble concert at Trinity College, Hartford, CT at the Austin Arts Center at 8pm
  • Feb. 1, 2003 - afro asian music ensemble concert with artial arts at Wesleyan University's Crowell Recital Hall at 8pm
  • April 25, 2003 - VOICE OF THE DRAGON: ONCE UPON AT TIME IN CHINESE AMERICA show in New Haven, CT at the Shubert Theater

Fred Ho
Once Upon a Time in Chinese America (Innova Records)
$15.99

Music composed for 'A Martial Arts Ballet' by Fred Ho.

The record label says:

Combining music, theater and fantastic Chinese martial arts, Once Upon a Time in Chinese America is a heroic 17th Century martial arts legend of the betrayal of the legendary Shaolin Temple by a renegade monk. It is composer Fred Ho's newest action-adventure music/theater/ballet epic, commissioned by the World Music Institute, The Mary Flagler Cary Trust, The New York State Council on the Arts, David Rodriguez and the John Harms Center for the Arts, Mary Sharp Cronson and Works and Process at The Guggenheim, and Tina Chen. Featuring a narrator/actor performing text written by Fred Ho and Ruth Margraff with music performed by Ho's sextet, The Afro Asian Music Ensemble, ONCE... is a pioneering, groundbreaking, revolutionary multicultural work in a never before-seen explosive combination and fusion of dance and movement forms with pyrotechnical Chinese martial arts.

Fred Ho has created an exciting and sophisticated body of performance works that will mesmerize, entertain and educate the youngest of children as well as the most jaded of adult contemporary performance audiences. Ho has reworked and re-visioned the martial arts legend to serve as a radical allegory about the betrayal of late-20th century activism in the Asian American Movement by the role of sell-outs internal to that movement. The intrigue of Chinese politics, the intense drama of Chinese opera, the grandness of Chinese heroic literature, the virtuosic power of Chinese martial arts are used to illustrate themes of betrayal and bravery, subterfuge and survival, lust for power and loyalty to principle, of determination in the face of destruction and defeat, and of integrity versus invincibility. "There is no attempt to copy traditional Chinese music; some passages will recall Zappa in their convoluted lines and rolling marimba. The drums turn free, the saxes roam where they will a full-scale revolution, staged for dancers. This is adventuresome, visual music and the 17th Century never seemed so modern." - John Barrett, All About Jazz
"There is no attempt to copy traditional Chinese music; some passages will recall Zappa in their convoluted lines and rolling marimba. The drums turn free, the saxes roam where they will a full-scale revolution, staged for dancers. This is adventuresome, visual music and the 17th Century never seemed so modern." - John Barrett, All About Jazz

"[Ho] achieves his cross-cultural goals with skill, grace, and humor. The music merges Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus with Chinese instruments and vocal styles from Western opera, Chinese opera, and jazz; for a fusion that never seems forced. Mr. Ho's act of East-West fusion has an audacious integrity." - Jon Pareles, The New York

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