Ho's more recent commissioned works include "Josephine Baker's Angels From the Rainbow" for Imani Winds, "Suite for Matriarchal Shaman Warriors" for the Asian zither and percussion quartet IIIZ+, and "Suite Sam Furnace" for Chamber Music America in honor of the late alto saxophonist and 20-year member of Ho's Afro Asian Music Ensemble.
Recent music/theater commissions include "Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon," a martial arts sword epic; "Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth," a new opera with libretto by Quincy Troupe; and "Dragon vs. Eagle," for the Apollo Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music 2008 Next Wave Festival.
The Harlem-based musician/scholar Salim Washington plays tenor saxophone, flute and oboe and is an accomplished composer and arranger. He has performed at jazz festivals across the globe; leads the Harlem Arts Ensemble; and has performed with such noted musicians as Randy Weston, Billy Bang, Oliver Lake, and David Murray, among others. Washington holds chairs in several ensembles, including Ho's Afro Asian Music Ensemble, Donald Smith's Six Bashiri, Kuumba Frank Lacy's Vibe Tribe, and Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora.
Washington is also a noted scholar of African American culture. He holds a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University; has done extensive research on African American music and culture; conducts workshops in the United States, South Africa, France and Ireland on African American musical culture; and teaches jazz seminars and workshops at major universities as well as in underserved communities. He is the author of scholarly articles and co-author with Farah Jasmine Griffin of "Clawing at the Limits of Cool: The Collaboration of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, 1955-1961" (St. Martin's Press 2008).