Afro Asian Music Ensemble – April 23rd

AFRO-ASIAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Thursday April 23   7:30 pm   $16 advance/$20 door   All-ages

First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside

Playing the music of Chinese-American jazz composer Fred Ho

Tickets on sale at Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side) and Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield).

The Afro Asian Music Ensemble is the product of over three decades of Fred Ho’s revolutionary and multicultural musical and theatrical productions. Consisting of Royal Hartigan (drums), Masaru Koga (alto sax), and Ben Barson (who wields Fred Ho’s own Mark VI Baritone Sax), and other notable alumni from Fred Ho’s bands including Wes Brown (bass) and David Bhindman (Tenor Sax), the ensemble represents the core of Fred’s compositional legacy. Fred wrote for this 6 piece ensemble for the majority of his career, combining groovy mixed meters bass lines with Chinese percussion, Korean operatic tuning systems, and infectious funk — all set to agitprop titles with uplifting references to the people’s struggle for liberation and dignity!

WESA Discusses Silk Sound’s Album Sun Gate

WESA Discusses Silk Sound’s Album Sun Gate

Listen here!

Bob Studebaker explores the Sun Gate with Silk Screen founder Harish Saluja.

“In ancient times The Silk Road was a series of trade routes linking east and west. Sun Gate was one of two westernmost stops before leaving China. It is also the name of a CD recorded as part of a unique musical collaboration, which merges ancient Asian melodies with jazz.

The producers feel the collaboration is emblematic of Pittsburgh’s growing diversity.

Harish Saluja, who is the founder of the cultural organization known as Silk Screen, assembled musicians familiar with both traditions and oversaw the process of growth within the band Silk Sound.”

Own a piece of original artwork by Harish Saluja

Own a piece of original artwork by Harish Saluja

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To purchase, click here.

Affordable, unique original art. View several unique examples in our gallery.

Each painting is $65 (unframed) and numbered.

Every purchaser will receive a unique piece, no two are alike.

The Miniatures are small (5′ x 3″) paintings in mixed media. These are abstract explosions of color painted by renowned visual artist and Silk Screen founder Harish Saluja. The miniatures are inspired by the traditional miniature art from India that has been known for centuries. The artist has given that concept a modern, abstract interpretation. Often these miniatures serve as the basis for much larger pieces of work. These mini paintings can be framed individually or in groups of 4 or 6. Often people use these as bookmarks.

Artist Harish Saluja was born in India and has lived and painted in the US since 1971. His work is shown regularly in various galleries and museums in the US and abroad.

To purchase, click here.

2015 Silk Screen Film Festival

2015 Silk Screen Film Festival

SSwebsite_homepagePromo1The tenth-annual Silk Screen Film Festival will run from July 10-19, in venues across Pittsburgh.  Showcasing the best films from across Asia, as well as informative discussions with filmmakers, actors and members of the Asian film community, Silk Screen celebrates the diversity of the Pittsburgh area and provides attendees with windows into other worlds.

To submit a film to apply to volunteer during the festival, please contact our office at info@silkscreenfestival.org.

Moon Festival Success!

Moon Festival Success!

Thank you to all who attended our Moon Festival celebration at Wigle Whiskey!

Everyone enjoyed craft cocktails from our friends at Wigle along with sushi, snacks and traditional Chinese music. It was a successful fundraiser for Silk Screen! We appreciate your support.

Be Our Next Intern!

Be Our Next Intern!

We’re looking for interns! Silk Screen needs the following for Spring 2015 positions:

      Marketing Intern

 

      Marketing & Promotions Intern

 

    Film Programming Intern

Head over to our Intern Listing page to apply.

2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner Announced

2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner Announced

The 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival, held April 25th- May 4th, featured 25 full length films from all over Asia and the Middle East, as well as two shorts. The festival shares Asian culture with Pittsburgh each year with its diverse line-up which includes a strong Indian presence, Japanese samurai epics, enlightening documentaries, and the horror thrillers South Korea has become known for. Also represented were Taiwan, the Philippines, Iran, Sri Lanka, China, and a host of other nations. There were 47 showings at 4 locations across the city. Once again viewers had a chance to vote on their favorites through the RAGS Foundation People’s Choice Award. All films (except opening, closing, and shorts) were eligible to win the award.

Silk Screen is proud to announce the winner of the

RAGS Foundation People’s Choice Award

for the 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival:

JADOO

(UK/India)

Director: Amit Gupta

Cast: Amara Karan, Tom Mison, Harish Patel, Paul Bazley, Ray Panthaki, Kulvinder Ghir, and featuring Madhur Jaffrey

Shalini, (Amara Karan) a successful lawyer living in London, has just accepted her boyfriend’s (Tom Mison, of TV’s Sleepy Hollow) proposal. While her fiancé is excited about meeting his future father-in-law, Shalini worries about something else. She’s uncertain if her father is ready to accept this cross-cultural relationship. However, the larger, looming issue is the long-standing rivalry between her father and uncle. Shalini cannot be sure if her fiancé is ready to accept her family, either.

The feud between her father and uncle started more than 20 years ago. The two brothers had a fierce dispute over an heirloom family cookbook. Following an extremely heated exchange, they have not spoken since. Their solution has been to stoke the rivalry over the decades by establishing competing curry houses across the street in Leicester’s little India.

Shalini travels home from London to inform her family about the wedding. Her biggest wish is to reunite her father and uncle and persuade them to cater together at her wedding. Like an entrée course needs an appetizer, the two brothers can’t cook the perfect wedding banquet without each other. Persuading her father and uncle seems impossible. But the competition of an upcoming culinary contest is irresistible to the feuding siblings- and provides Shalini the perfect opportunity to mend fences. This inventive comedy boats heartwarming conversations, and most ravishingly…. scrumptious food! View the trailer HERE.

Honorable Mention goes to Hank and Asha from the United States and Touch of the Light from Taiwan, which both received very high scores from the audience. Hank and Asha is playing in theaters now across the country, so if you missed it at Silk Screen, check it out: http://www.hankandasha.com. Best of luck to all of our filmmakers and thank you all for being a part of Silk Screen 2014!

 

2014 Gala Photos

2014 Gala Photos

Did you attend our opening Gala this year?

Check out these great photos from our photographers:

Katy Dax – Silk Screen 2014 Photos – Shutterfly

Jessica Van Natten – 2014 Silk Screen Gala – Flickr


Day of Giving

Day of Giving

If you attend one of our 2014 Film Festival screenings, you’ll hear about Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving!

This is a terrific opportunity to support local non-profits with matched donations. For one day, any donation given through the Day of Giving website will receive a matched donation (up to $1000).

The 2014 Day of Giving will run from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight.) on Tuesday, May 4th. This is an 18-hour event. Give on this day to make your gift to Silk Screen count that much more!

 

Visit www.pittsburghgives.org to learn more!

Silk Screen Interviewed by ‘Burgh Vivant

‘Burgh Vivant recently sat down with Silk Screen Founder & Festival Director Harish Saluja to discuss the 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival.

Click over to www.burghvivant.com to listen to the uncut audio of the interview and follow BV’s podcast!vivant