With support from the Takoma Foundation, Rhizome presents the African Diaspora Music Series, with concerts every Sunday afternoon in May.
Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. While his attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring abroad, Cooper-Moore began designing and building musical instruments and played them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and in the streets of New York City. He has over the years built an extensive instrument collection, using such material as paper, bamboo, metal, wood, and acrylic. He most often performs with his ashimba (a type of xylophone), bass diddly-bow, horizontal hoe-handle harp, three stringed fretless banjo, and electric mouth bow. His instruments have been exhibited at the Thread Waxing Gallery, NYC, and The Goddard Riverside Community Center, NYC.
Shara Lunon aka Sha-Raw the panther paw, aka RaRa bird no.3, has dedicated herself to the art of voice. She studied Ethnomusicology and Vocal Performance at the University of Florida under Dr. Elizabeth Graham. Shara also attended the University of São Paulo, where she studied voice with Francisco Campos Neto, Ricardo Ballestero and researched Brazilian modernism with Ivan Villela to complete her thesis. During and since, Shara has experimented in the vocal stylings of electronic/dance, hip-hop, and R&B in such groups as MSNRA, Jovian Junction Orchestra, and Wizard Women. Recently relocated to the big apple, she hopes to further her work in codifying her style of "hip-hopera".
Dr. Thomas Stanley (a/k/a Bushmeat Sound) is an author, artist, scholar, and activist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and social change. He teaches sound art, sound studies, consciousness, and cultural theory at George Mason University. In 2004, he launched MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²) as an electrophonic improvising ensemble and has since considered his artistic contributions as macrotemporal interventions (rends in the fabric of history). In 2014 he released a new book on the teachings of astro-kemetic jazz iconoclast Sun Ra. He will discuss his book The Execution of Sun Ra, which analyzes and theorizes the life and music of Sun Ra.