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!
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!
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!
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!
We've done it! We're officially a independent, tax-exempt, 501c3 incorporated non-profit corporation! You can feel better donating to SAFA! now knowing that we are handling our own funds from this point forward, no more fiscal sponsors!
To the future!
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!
We're honored to be featured as Capstone lecturers for tomorrow's Parsons Scholars high school class at Parsons School of Design. We will be working with these high school seniors in creating original works of sound design, audio installations, and experimental performance to be used in their end of semester multimedia installation! Many thanks to Professor Salome Asega for setting it all up, so excited!
We're excited to announced a new partnership with the Brooklyn College Community Partnership. We will be offering afterschool music tech workshops for the middle and high school participants of the Brooklyn College Art Lab in Flatbush, made possible by the BCCP. We can't wait to hear what these kiddos come up with!