Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE

-- Musician, sound designer, and co-creator of multi-media performance “The Spinning Wheel” written by Baba Israel. “The Spinning Wheel” was awarded the Fireworks Residency by BRIC Arts Media in Brooklyn (Jan 2016), which included 4 performances and the curation of a 3000 square foot gallery inspired by the show. The show has completed 2 tours of the UK in London (The Roundhouse), Manchester (Contact), Birmingham (MAC), and Bradford (Theatre in the Mill). It was also presented by SPKRBOX Hip Hop theatre festival in Oslo, Norway. (2013-present)

- Completed the American Music Abroad tour with American Voices & The U.S. State Dept. to Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, & Mauritius as a cultural ambassador with Soul Inscribed. The band performed large outdoor shows for 2000+ crowds, nightclub venues, master classes for university students, and educational assemblies youth groups over the 5 week trip. Live painting and large collaborative murals were completed at several events in 3 of the countries visited. (2016)

- Selected as beatmaker and graffiti artist for the Next Level team Tanzania run by UNC- Chapel Hill & The U.S. State Dept. Next Level is a 3 week Hip Hop Cultural Exchange intensive with local artists that culminates in a live performance for the community. (2015)

- Toured as beatmaker, beatboxer, and multi-instrumentalist with Baba Israel and Soul Inscribed throughout the U.S., Mexico (Cumbre Tajin Festival), Australia (Big Day Out Festival), New Zealand (One Love Festival), Czech Republic (Hip Hop Kemp), Germany, England, and Holland (Lowlands Festival). (2000-present)

- Performing multi-instrumentalist for Playback NYC; an improvisational Hip-hop theater group that does community based performing in hospitals, prisons, schools and other communities. Traveled in 2007 to Sao Paolo Brazil’s International Playback Theater Conference and London’s World Work Conference to perform. (2001-present)

- US State Dept. Tour, The Gambia, West Africa. Selected to act as Cultural Envoy on a 12 day Hip Hop cultural exchange tour with the US Embassy. Led workshops, recording sessions and performances throughout the capital city Banjul. (2010)

- Founding member and event producer/coordinator for Open Thought Productions, a presenter of socially and politically engaged performance and visual arts specializing in educational programming. (2002-present)

- Co-Founded independent record label Subphonik Music Group. Co-producer, graphic designer, and player of instruments on Open Thought’s album “Force of Life” (2003), Baba Israel + Yako 440 “Beatbox Dub Poetics” (2006), soul singer Duv “Urban Artistik” (2008), Baba Israel + Yako 440 “Highest Degree EP” (2012), and Soul Inscribed “Soul Inscribed” (2016).
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

- Presented workshops in music production (using portable laptop studio) and digital visual arts (using iPad app ProCreate) in hospitals, youth centers, and NYU Langone Center’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities through the organization ArtWorks, Englewood NJ. (2013-present)

- Co-created Hip Hop theater shows with 75 6th graders performing their own poetry, music, dance, and using their original graffiti art as background projections. These projects are annual 2 week residencies at Bardavon Theater, Poughkeepsie NY (in it’s 11th year) and 1 week residencies Mahaiwe Theater, Great Barrington MA (in it’s 6th year). (2005-present)

- University of Istanbul, Turkey. Presented introductory Hip Hop workshops for University students. Over 5 days participants studied Hip Hop history, beatmaking, DJing, human beatboxing, rapping, and recorded a song. (2010)

- Led workshops in graffiti art, music production, live band, & percussion for public elementary, middle, high school students and adult learners through the following arts organizations: Urban Word, Purelements, The NYC LGBT Center, Urban Arts Partnership, The Door Community Center, Champions Club, Safari East, and JCCA. (2000-present)

- Teaching artist and assembly leader with Arts Horizons (NJ based arts organization). Executed music production, beatboxing, and percussion workshops as well as professional development programs for teachers. Co-created two assembly programs Hip Hop Connections and Sonic Boom: The Remix, which tour the Tri-State Area. (2002-present)

 

EDUCATION

- Graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts program for Interdisciplinary Arts, Plainfield VT. (2009)

- Completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, Plainfield VT. (2003)

- Attended Berklee College of Music, Boston MA. Studied music theory, sound engineering, arranging, and private bass lessons with Whit Browne (known for his work with Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims.) (1998-1999)

- Graduated Educational Center for the Arts (ECA), New Haven CT. Majored in visual arts with a minor in music performance.



2010

University of Istanbul, Turkey. Introductory Hip Hop workshops for University students. Over 5 days participants learned history, how to paint graffiti, DJ, human beatbox, rapping, beat making, and recorded a song. (August-September)

Mixed Movement at Contact, Manchester, England. Performed music with Baba Israel for improvised dance pieces on this open stage event. (August)

John Jay College/ Urban Word, Manhattan, NY. 4 week summer program called Poets For Justice co- taught with MC K-Swift. High school students and a college age mentor created poems and songs inspired by social justice themes. Pieces were recorded and turned into a CD with a release party at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (August)

US State Dept. Tour, The Gambia, West Africa. Selected to act as Cultural Envoy with Baba Israel on a 12 day Hip Hop cultural exchange tour with the US Embassy. Led workshops, recording sessions and performances throughout the capital city Banjul. (April)

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY. Performed and DJed for high school students in BAM’s annual poetry event. (March)

New York University, NYC. Led lecture/demonstration with Terry "Kid Lucky" Lewis on the history of Human Beatboxing with Graduate students. (March)

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. Commissioned by the Multicultural Center to show video work “Speech Beats Patterns: Multiracial Conversations” and create a new motion painting piece with students and staff. (February)

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Performed with live Hip Hop/Soul/Rock band Metrosonics. (February)

Cabot School, Cabot, VT. Commissioned to create motion painting video piece with 15 8th graders honoring Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. (January)

Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Presented MFA thesis and video work to BA and MA students in the Education program. (January)

Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY. Performed music with improvisational Hip Hop Theatre group Playback NYC for freshman students. (January)

Record Release Parties, NYC. Played multi-instruments for Core Rhythms’ new album “THE ECOLOGY” and Metrosonics debut release “Focused Fire.” (February) Watch Metrosonics record release video.

Harlem Day Charter School, Harlem NYC. Led graffiti art/ poster design workshops with 3-5th graders. Coordinated by Arts Horizons Leroy Neiman Arts Center.

IS 73, Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY. Collaborated with 8th grade math teachers to integrate graffiti art into the curriculum through the non-profit organization Pure Elements.

FDR High School, Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, NY. Taught Hip Hop Culture workshops. Coordinated by Arts Horizons.

IS 79, South Bronx, NY. Led Hip Hop Culture workshops to 4th and 5th grade special education students. Coordinated by Arts Horizons.

IS 302, East New York section of Brooklyn, NY. Created portfolios, t-shirt designs, and permission walls with 8th grade graffiti writers through the non-profit organization Pure Elements.

The LGBT Center, NYC. Drop-in music production workshops with young adults.


2009


Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Interdisciplinary Arts program. (July)

Filmed Beatboxing Dog Commercial, Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the Bassett Hound get down!...
or visit the interactive site where you can control the dog's beats with your keyboard!


Columbia University, NYC. Human Beatbox performance with Kid Lucky (Beatboxer Entertainment). (November)

Brooklyn Couplet: UK Stylee, at Contact in Manchester, England. Yako 440 and Bami A. created a photographic installation of graffiti art and portraiture respectively. (August 22)

Brooklyn Couplet: BK Stylee, Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY. Same show, on our home turf. (September)

Hip Hop Dub Starship: West Coast Tour/ Artist Retreat. Drove a rental car from California all the way north to Vancouver Canada. Yako performed and created new artworks along the way collaborating with many talented friends. (June)

“Boombap Meditations” at University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA. Performed original music for Baba Israel’s autobiographical show as part of the University’s Hip Hop Theater Fest.

Joined Metrosonics, Brooklyn, NY. Live Hip Hop/Soul/Rock band fronted by Paul Josephs.

Kingston Hip Hop Youth Project, Kingston, NY. Organized by the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, this is a 2 week Hip Hop Theater intensive/ workshop series where middle school students write, design, and stage their own show. (May)

BAM Café, Brooklyn, NY. Performed with Baba Israel, DP-1, and many special guests. (May)

PS 101, Spanish Harlem, NYC. Let graffiti art and human beatbox workshops with 7th and 8th grade students.

Mixed Movement, NYC. Assisted Dawn Crandell and Baba Israel in creating this “open stage” for dancers to improvise with live musicians in front of an audience.

NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), Newark , NJ. Performed and excerpt of “Boombap Meditations” with Baba Israel. Other featured performers: Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Queen Godis. (April 3)

Bardavon Hip Hop Theater Youth Project in Poughkeepsie, NY. 100 middle schoolers created an original Hip Hop theater piece over the course of 2 weeks. (March)

Iraq Veterans Against The War benefit show, Brooklyn, NY. Playback NYC performed stories from the audience to support the troops. (February)


2008

Australian Tour/ Hip Hop Dub Sessions, Sydney, OZ. Traveled to the southern hemisphere with Baba Israel to perform and do sessions at “The Bunker” studios with local musos. (December)

"Boombap Meditations" at Hip Hop Huis, Rotterdam, Holland. Performed an excerpt with Baba Israel. Watch promo video

The NYC LGBT Center, NYC. Drop-in graffiti art workshops with young adults.

Playback Theatre Workshops at Contact in Manchester, England. Played music for the Contact Playback group workshops. (October 13-19)

Playback Theatre Workshops with Jonzi D Productions in London, England. Week-long training intensive with Baba Israel for professional actors. (October 20-24) Watch Playback performance video here.

Hip Hop Theater Festival, NYC. Performed “Boombap Meditations” by Baba Israel, directed by Morganics. Yako 440 also designed the set. (October 3)

OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Green Stage, Ashland, OR. Performed daily outdoor shows with Playback NYC. (September 8-13)

Filming for Beatbox Battle TV, Berlin, Germany. Linked up with Bee Low to create a youtube clip with well over 100,000 views. (August 27)

Hip Hop Kemp, Prague, Czech Republic. Performed at Europe’s largest all Hip Hop festival (30,000+ people) with Baba Israel. Yako 440 also judged the Czech Beatbox Battle. (August 23-24)

Subphonik Forces EU Tour, England, Holland, Germany. Subphonik Music (label co-founded by Yako 440, Baba Israel & Core Rhythm) teamed up with Australia based label Invisible Forces (Morganics) to put this multi-city tour together. (July)


2007

International Playback Theater Conference, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Traveled as musician for Playback NYC.

Trinity College International Hip Hop Festival, Hartford, CT. Performed with Baba Israel and other Hip Hoppas from all over the globe. (April) Click here to see video.


World Work Conference, London, England. Performed with Playback NYC and participated in “group work” activities.

Burning NY book release party, NYC. Performed with Beatboxer Entertainment to celebrate this CLASSIC graffiti photo document by Jim and Karla Murray. (January) Click here to see video. And if you haven't already, click here to buy the book!

2006

Album Release Party, Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY for Baba Israel and Yako’s sophomore effort “Beatbox Dub Poetics.” (September)

Co-founded Subphonik Music Group with Baba Israel and Core Rhythm.

Contact Theatre in Manchester, England. Created graffiti backdrops and music production for youth Hip-Hop Theater piece “Blog.”

Trinity College International Hip Hop Festival, Hartford, CT. Performed with Baba Israel and other Hip Hoppas from all over the globe. (April) Click here to see video.

Electric Bass Lessons. Studied with Panagiotis Andreou (2006-2008)


2004

Big Day Out Festival, Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast, Australia. Performed with Baba Israel and DJ Center alongside The Black Eyed Peas, Aphex Twin, Metallica, Peaches, King Kapisi, and MANY more.

One Love Festival After Party, Wellington, New Zealand. Performed with Baba Israel and DJ Center.

IS 125 Champions Club in Woodside Queens, NY. Arts educator at the after school program. Ran beatboxing/percussion workshops for grades 5-8. Previously led graffiti art classes there with the same age group. (2004-2006)


2003

Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

The Hudson Guild, Chelsea, NYC. Led graffiti mural workshops with at risk youth building group skills and confidence while turning an old classroom into a work of art.

Joined Beatboxer Entertainment. Terry “Kid Lucky” Lewis’ NY-based group of beatboxers at the forefront of human orchestration. (2003-present) Click here to see BBE on the Fuse Network


2002

Arts Horizons, Englewood, NJ. Led workshops in beatboxing, graffiti art, and bookmaking, as well as professional development programs for teachers. In addition, co-created two assembly programs Hip Hop Connections and Sonic Boom: The Remix, which tour the Tri-State Area through Arts Horizons. (2002-present) For more information, visit www.openthoughtarts.org

The Chelsea Beacon, NYC. Taught weekly graffiti classes at after school program on 17th St. Students learned graffiti history and developed skills in graffiti mediums, culminating in a group art show. (2002-2004)


2001

The Door Community Center, NYC. Taught youth ages 14-21 how to develop musical ideas and produce beats using computer software programs Reason, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools. (2001-2003)

Safari East Cultural Program, NYC. Presented percussion workshops in the Bronx (P.S. 754) and Manhattan (P.S. 751). Engaged students with Hip-Hop beats and explored the history of American music while practicing performative and collaborative skills. (2001-present)


2000

Founding member and producer for Open Thought Productions. Co- produced Open Thought’s album “Force of Life” in 2003, and Baba Israel and Yako’s 2006 release “Beatbox Dub Poetics.” Toured extensively throughout the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, England, Germany and Holland. (2000-present)


1998

Berklee College of Music, Boston MA. Studied electric bass (with Whit Browne), jazz theory, ear training, arranging, and took general education classes. (1998-1999)

Graduated from ECA (Educational Center For The Arts) in New Haven, CT. (1998)

Electric Bass Lessons. Studied with Gene Heiter (1996-1998)