Much of the creative content developed as part of SHAOLIN JAZZ falls into the category of visual art.  This includes the graphic design work submitted for the Album Cover Design Contest, the SHAOLIN JAZZ Art series of acrylic paintings on canvas, the photography taken at the listening parties and lectures, and video treatments uniquely produced to accompany songs from the mixtape.  In an attempt to highlight this impressive collection of work, the SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition Series was developed.

Here’s a recap of a SOUND PATTERNS exhibition

The first exhibition was held at the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, PA and served as the official kick-off event for the first annual BlackStar Film Festival.  Since then SOUND PATTERNS has taken place at a number of art galleries and exhibit halls across the country.  Most often they are done in conjunction with the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project Lecture Series, in which case a call for artists is put out to create an opportunity for art students and local artists to become more involved and exhibit their work.

Previous contributing artists for SOUND PATTERNS include:

  • Aniekan Udofia | Acrylic on Canvas
  • Chris Carr | Photography
  • Makeba Van Laurent Van Noten | Mixed Media
  • Tewodross Melchishua | Video Mixing/Production
  • Shamona Stokes | Graphic Design
  • Zoe Beatwoman | Video Production
  • Max Gibbons | Graffiti & Mixed Media
  • Brody Rose | Mixed Media & Photography

SOUND PATTERNS at The Schomburg Center in Harlem, NYC (November 9, 2013)

SOUND PATTERNS at The University of Maryland, Baltimore (March 27, 2015)

SOUND PATTERNS at Fuch Projects in Brooklyn, NYC (January 14, 2013)

SOUND PATTERNS at Delaware State University in the Arts Center/Gallery (March 18, 2014)

Click here to view photo and video recaps from previous SOUND PATTERNS events.


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