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He said that for years there have been attempts to fuse Asian music and jazz, and “most of it has been forgettable.” As an Indian native who enjoys jazz and has wanted to bring these two cultures together for years, Saluja built this project from the foundation of Samir Chatterjee and Mimi Jong, who play the tabla (an Indian percussion instrument) and the erhu (a two-string Chinese bowed instrument), respectively.
Pittsburgh jazz artists Ben Opie, Chris Parker, Jeff Berman and Matt Booth were added, and rehearsals began.
“We’ve really workshopped this band,” said Opie, a saxophonist. “There’s been an extended time devoted to rehearsals.”
Saluja was concerned at first because the initial efforts sounded to him to be just Asian music played on Western instruments.
“Now when I listen to it I cry, I get emotional” he said.
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January 14, 2014
The past eight years have seen continued successes for Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization, both in terms of the quality and quantity of our events and our ever-expanding audience. Silk Screen’s new venture is Silk Sound, an Asian-American jazz-fusion ensemble comprising six internationally acclaimed musicians.
Rehearsals began last summer, and are continuing, with the first public performance during Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s inauguration celebration.
The group will have its debut performance on February 28, 2014 at Bellefield Hall, Oakland. Read More »
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Celebrating the Chinese New Year of Horse with Silk Screen and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA (January 24th , 2013) – Join Silk Screen: Asian Arts and Cultural Organization on Saturday, February 1st at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to celebrate and ring in the Chinese New Year 2014 begins – The Year of the Horse!
At this celebration, Silk Screen will present and introduce the Chinese New Year with music performances, a lion dance with parade, and craft activities.
Born Into Brothels will be rescheduled.
Check back for the new date and time!
See Festival Director Harish Saluja discuss the 2013 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival with Comcast Newsmakers.