Fred Ho ’79 to Receive Harvard Arts Medal
Recognizing a saxophonist and self-described "revolutionary artist"
Chinese-American jazz saxophonist, composer, writer, and self-described “radical, revolutionary artist” Fred Ho '79 will receive a Harvard Arts Medal on November 13, an unusual conferral of such an honor, which is typically made in the spring at Arts First.
Fred Ho ’79 has never owned a car, nor is he “married with children.” No boss dictates his workday, and he buys very little. He has not even stepped into a clothing store in more than 12 years because he designs his own apparel, though he generally prefers to be naked. “What I create is better than Armani, better than Ralph Lauren, better than these boring mass marketers,” says Ho, whose signature piece is a fire-engine-red silk duster patterned with white cranes, made from a recycled Japanese wedding kimono. “I am not a Luddite and I don’t subscribe to purist positions regarding consumer capitalism. I just choose to consume something better.”
The news release about the award also announces a concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands on the following day, featuring the world premiere of Ho's "Take the Zen Train."