Introducing our new teaching artist, Dyani Douze!

We couldn't be more thrilled to announce our first of several new additions to the SAFA! family: Dyani Douze! 

Dyani Douze is a Brooklyn-based DJ and multimedia artist working in sound art, music production, film editing, film distribution and curatorial projects. She has presented her work at Red Bull Music Academy Festival, Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, AFROPUNK AFTER DARK, and ALL GOLD Listening Room at MoMa PS1, among other programs. Dyani will be helping us develop our first batch of Introductory DJ youth workshops, get excited!

A Call to Donors for Expanding Summer Programming at Powrplnt!

Dear Friends,

It has been quite the year so far for Sonic Arts For All! We’ve expanded our teaching residencies to a variety of locations in NYC, including the Brooklyn College Art Lab, the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music, POWRPLNT, and a variety of public school sites. We currently offer three after-school and weekend programs for the K-12 communities of Greater Flatbush and other neighborhoods through the Brooklyn College Community Partnership. SAFA! is now also a certified vendor for the New York Department of Education and the New York City Housing Authority. Finally, SAFA! was a beneficiary of the Music Of Foundation’s Carnegie Hall Tribute Benefit Series for the second year in a row this past March, allowing us to expand our instrument and equipment inventory and get them into the hands of our students.

We are writing to you with the hope that you will help us to expand our summertime teaching hours at POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory providing access to tech resources, skills, and community to the children of Bushwick. We currently host a single two-hour workshop each week, but through your generosity, SAFA! will be able to offer at least two three-hour workshops on a weekly basis.

For this summertime fundraiser, we hope to raise a total of $5,000. This entire sum will be used to fund wages for our sonic arts instructors, and the flexibility granted by these funds would also allow us to more comfortably maintain and expand workshops in other NYC neighborhoods while school is out for the summer. Additional funding will also help us to expand our teaching artist hours at POWRPLNT and continue our outreach campaign throughout Bushwick so that our impact can be that much greater. If you would like to contribute to this summer initiative, please do so on our Giving Page.

Thank you all for your continued support of this ambitious project, and see you in the summer!

With gratitude,

Max Alper

Founder & Executive Director

Sonic Arts For All

Introducing the third member of our Board of Directors, Douglas Geers!

We are pleased to introduce our third Board of Directors member, a mentor to many and electronic music pedagogue extraordinaire, Dr. Douglas Geers! Douglas is a composer, educator, and Director of SAFA! partner org the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music. As of Fall 2016, Dr. Geers is the founder and department head of the Sonic Arts and Media Scoring MFA programs at Brooklyn College. We couldn't be happier to welcome the Professor as we continue to grow not only our outreach but our pedagogy as well!

Introducing our 2nd Board Member, Angelina Dreem!

We are thrilled to introduce the second member of our Board of Directors, Angelina Dreem!

Angelina Dreem is a multi-disciplinary artist, entrepreneur and activist residing in New York City. She is the founder of SAFA! partner organization, POWRPLNT, a digital arts nonprofit and gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She is a 2017 cohort of NEW INC, the New Museum led arts and tech incubator. She works primarily in sound and has performed at Clearing Gallery, Pioneer Works, the Knockdown Center, and for NADA at Art Basel Miami. She has spoken on panels at MoMA PS1, Livestream HQ, and at September Gallery. We couldn't be happier to welcome her aboard!

Introducing our first board member, Hisham Akira Bharoocha!

We couldn't be more excited to announce our first of many amazing board members, Hisham Akira Bharoocha! Hisham is a musician, artist, creative director, and teacher who has done everything from play with Lightning Bolt, design clothes with Solange Knowles, and organize and conduct massive drum ensemble performances with the Boredoms. He currently plays in NYC trio and SAFA! collaborators Kill Alters as well as his solo project Soft Circle. We're honored Hisham has offered his expertise to help SAFA! grow and expand our programs and network of partners! 

Stream and download the SAFA! Student Recital Live on The Lot ft. Kill Alters

We had SUCH a blast on the air at the legendary LOT RADIO station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our students had a unique take on the typical "student recital": for the first hour, each student performed a prepared solo composition using the technology of their choice. The second hour consisted of a live improvised jam session between the SAFA! students and members of local noise legends KILL ALTERS (Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Bonnie Baxter, Nicos Kennedy). Enjoy the full set below in video and audio streaming formats!

Please welcome Angus Tarnawsky to the SAFA! team!

We couldn't be more thrilled to introduce our newest SAFA! team member, the one and only Angus Tarnawsky!

Angus Tarnawsky is a performance-based sound artist experimenting with electro-acoustic improvisation and electronic composition. Originally from Tasmania, Australia, he holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honors) from the University of Melbourne and was a 2016 Artist-in-residence at the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, QC.

Angus has traveled extensively, leading and collaborating within a variety of projects. His interdisciplinary practice explores a dialog between spontaneity and structure realized using multiple tools and techniques. Important recent works include Artifacts, a long distance yet real-time collaboration with pianist Nathan Liow, an ongoing improvised duo with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase and a debut solo release, Pitched, exploring modular synthesis for Berlin imprint, Inner Surface Music.  In addition to his performance-based work, Angus is the founder and curator of In Context Music, a record label dedicated to the exploratory channels of electronic and electro-acoustic music. 

Angus will be providing his skills in sound science and performance to help develop and teach new STEM-based curriculum in synthesis and studio production. Welcome aboard, Angus!