Silk Sound Album Review – Post Gazette

Silk Sound Album Review – Post Gazette

Check out the Post Gazette’s coverage of Silk Sound’s Sun Gate! Don’t forget to buy a cd or download the Sun Gate album today.

Here’s a sample:

“The songs on “Sun Gate” are a mix of ancient traditional music — some dating back to the third century — and compositions by Mr. Chatterjee. The title track refers to the last stop for travelers leaving China on the Silk Road, and the melody is that of a Qing Dynasty song. “Bilawal,” written by Mr. Chatterjee, is a reworking of a classic raga that symbolizes the energy of the late morning sun.

Mr. Chatterjee approached the project from a philosophical point of view as much as a musical one. “We are one race, sharing this planet with different appearances, different languages, different approaches to life. But those differences are all very superficial,” he said.

“We all talk about music as being a universal language. The proper realization of that can happen only when you know the language, you have interest in knowing the language and understand what it signifies.”

Creating a successful combination of classic Indian raga and jazz requires careful thought, he said. “A proper understanding can help you to fuse these two elements properly. When you’re fusing anything, you need to understand the basic properties of the thing you are fusing. Without that understanding, many of those attempts have failed musically.”

Silk Screen Launch Party at Maggie’s Rum Farm Distillery

Silk Screen Launch Party at Maggie’s Rum Farm Distillery

Silk Screen Film Festival Launch Party
Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery


Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Silk Screen Film Festival!

Where: Maggie’s Farm
3212A Smallman Street, Strip District
When: Tuesday June 9th, 6:30PM—9:30PM
Tickets: $25 advance / $30 door

The 10th annual film festival is right around the corner and what better way to get ready for the festivities than with a sneak peek at some of this year’s films and some of the most delicious cocktails in Pittsburgh?

Answer: Stop wracking your brain; there is nothing better.

Join Silk Screen and Maggie’s Farm for a launch party that promises exciting peeks at some of the films lined up for the 2015 festival, light fare from local restaurants, and a raffle in which you are automatically entered to win a bottle of Maggie’s rum! There will be a cash bar with Maggie’s signature specialty cocktails, a restaurant gift card raffle and the opportunity to purchase select film festival tickets in advance!

Tickets are limited – Click here to buy yours.


Afro Asian Music Ensemble – April 23rd

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


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

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.

Welcome Our Newest Board Member

Welcome Our Newest Board Member

September 4, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA…Silk Screen is pleased to announce another addition to its Advisory Board. Seema Batra, Sales & Service Director for Multi-Channels at PNC Financial Services Group, has worked with Silk Screen for years on the Asian American Business Group Resource Group. She joined the board in August.

Seema has had several management roles at PNC in the Retail Network.  Recently, she has worked on bank integrations as a customer and employee care manager. Currently, she is involved in several enterprise wide strategic initiatives involving the digital capabilities for the customers outside the branch sales and service channels.  Her primary function is leading change in the sales culture and managing operational efficiency of cross-functional teams. Seema has worked for PNC for 17 years. 

Through the years, Seema has supported Diversity and Inclusion at PNC by working with employees and local Pittsburgh organizations. In the past 3 years, Seema has lead as a President of Asian American Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG)  at PNC. This is an internal employee organization supported by the Diversity and Inclusion initiative at  PNC. The EBRG engages  employees, customers and the community  to  build bridges across their differences. Seema is passionate about driving engagement and creating cross-cultural synergy.   Seema has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Delhi University, and a  Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing  from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   

Moon Festival at Wigle Whiskey

Moon Festival at Wigle Whiskey

Join Silk Screen on Monday, September 22nd for a lively evening at Wigle Wiskey’s Distillery. We are joining forces with our Strip District neighbor to pair live music with craft cocktails as we celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. Mimi Jong will play the erhu and talk about the significance of the holiday. The event will feature tasty selections from local restaurants, and, of course, moon cakes! A percentage of all cocktails and bottles sold that evening will benefit Silk Screen. In addition to fine whiskey and seasonal cocktails, Wigle features gin, rum, and organic bitters (including aromatic rosemary lavender), so come prepared to stock your bar.

Wigle is one of only a handful of distilleries in the country that produces all of its products from scratch using local organic grain. For more information on Wigle click here.

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Wigle Whiskey’s Strip District Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh 15222

Cost: Minimum suggested donation of $10

Space is very limited! Please r.s.v.p. to to secure your space.  Suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door.