FRED HO 1957-2014
Fred Ho, whose inimitable life, work and persona was most recently anthologized in Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho (University of Illinois Press) and co-edited by the founding director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, Roger Buckley, and Tamara Roberts, has died at the age of 56.
From the back cover of the book: Saxophonist Fred Ho [was] an unabashedly revolutionary artist who [offered] up music that is illuminating, daring, informative, scholarly, ambitious, brashly confident and vigorous, meticulous, extravagant, and emotionally sweeping. A foremost voice in the history of West Coast Asian American jazz, East Coast avant-garde, and numerous anti-oppression movements. Ho spent his life redefining the relationship between art and politics.
The Institute paid tribute to Fred in April 2015 by hosting a presentation by the Fred Ho Fellowship research scholar Marie Incontrera. He is pictured here with Institute faculty member Margo Machida, taken at the launch of Yellow Power, Yellow Soul at the University of Connecticut in April 2013.
At the University of Connecticut, Fred Ho’s collected writings, compositions, and poetry, among other things are housed in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center as the FRED HO COLLECTION.