23 January

Community Outreach: Markus Schwartz

    The Audio Institute is always building a cultural and musical connection with people around the community. And this month we were happy to connect with Markus Schwartz, a talented and renowned percussionist who held a special workshop for our students. Markus specializes in traditional Haitian music and jazz as well.  After moving around Haiti […]

4 December

Lakou Mizik Album Fundraiser

Lakou Mizik Album Fundraiser

Please help spread the amazing music and rich culture of Haiti by pre-ordering Lakou Mizik’s first Album! We started LAKOU MIZIK together as a project to bring positive awareness to Haiti through it’s music and culture. Recording in makeshift studios around the country musicians from different genres and generations all came together – to reimagine […]

22 May

Forbes features Audio Institute and Artistic Rejuvenation In Haiti

Forbes features Audio Institute and Artistic Rejuvenation In Haiti

“Chicago Musicians Participate In Artistic Rejuvenation In Haiti”by Ruth Blatt read the full article here  Paul Karner is a 29-year-old who plays guitar in a Chicago band called Ragged Claws and works as a bartender to pay his bills. He also happens to have built a recording studio in Haiti. As a junior in college majoring […]

15 April

PsalmOne’s Memoirs from Haiti: A Multimedia Docu-Series

PsalmOne’s Memoirs from Haiti: A Multimedia Docu-Series

“Roosters crow way before the sun comes up. I just want people to know that.” Just after Jakmèl JouBare’n, Chicago rapper Psalm One visited the Artists Institute campus  for a workshop and recording session at Audio Institute. Represented by Chicago labels Rhymesayers Entertainment and FreeHug Life, Psalm One, otherwise known as  Cristalle Bowen or Hologram Kizzie, is a female “brainy […]

12 April

Community Outreach: Boukman Eksperyans

Community Outreach: Boukman Eksperyans

Today we had a little surprise for our students at Audio Institute. Boukman Eksperyans is a world renowned mizik rasin band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Boukman Eksperyans was founded in 1978 by Theodore ‘Lolo’ Beaubrun and his sister Marjorie ‘Nola’ Beabrun, Mimerose Beaubrun, and our very own Audio Institute Director, Daniel ‘Dadi’ Beaubrun. Their debut Grammy -nominated album Vodou Adjae ushered in a revolution in […]

31 March

Community Outreach: Jael Auguste & Maximme Russo

Community Outreach: Jael Auguste & Maximme Russo

Maximme Russo, one of the only professional sound engineers in Haiti, retuned to Audio Institute this March with her friend Jael Auguste. Jael is a classically trained jazz musician who has played for the first Haitian cardinal Chibly Langlois, international ambassadors, and the president of Haiti Michel Martelly.  Jael gave a great workshop on “rasin mizik”, remixing, […]

3 February

Community Outreach: Maximme Russo

Community Outreach: Maximme Russo

Maximme Russo is a Haitian professional live sound engineer who earned her degree from Recording Arts Canada in Montréal. She now travels the world as a sound engineer for music festivals and on cruise ships. Maximme spent the afternoon with students giving a workshop in audio engineering for live shows and answering questions about her […]

30 January

Community Outreach: Daniel Laurent / Konbit Mizik

Community Outreach: Daniel Laurent / Konbit Mizik

Daniel Laurent visited Audio Institute with the staff of Konbit Mizik, a non-profit recording studio and music school located in Port-au-Prince. “Konbit” is Creole for community and the organization harnesses the universal power of music to foster education, workforce development, and artistic expression for Haiti’s most vulnerable youth. Daniel stressed the importance of artistic networking and […]

24 January

Community Outreach: Fritz Gerald Francois

Community Outreach: Fritz Gerald Francois

Fritz Gerald Francois, a friend of Director Dadi Beaubrun, gave a workshop on his experience working as a sound engineer on a number of major motion pictures. He focused his lecture on the diversity of career opportunities and creative paths in the audio engineering field. Fritz was great at communicating to the students how to […]

23 December

Community Outreach: Ti-Coca and Wanga-Nègès

Community Outreach: Ti-Coca and Wanga-Nègès

Our next event in the “Audio Institute Presents” series was a concert featuring Haitian band Ti-Coca and his excellent band Wanga-Nègès. The band has been playing their acoustic twoubadou (‘troubadour’) music since 1976, but are jubilant, loose-limbed, and feisty! The concert was being promoted and produced by the Audio Institute students, including managing publicity and ticket […]