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, […]

21 February

Arcade Fire $20K Instrument Donation

Arcade Fire $20K Instrument Donation

Our friends Arcade Fire aren’t just amazing rock stars, they’re also truly amazing people. Instead of coming to play their Jakmèl Joubare’n show here in Haiti with all their own equipment, they decided to donate their full back line list of all the gear they used in the concert to Audio Institute. 14 Godin Acoustic Guitars, […]

15 January

Master Class: BélO

Master Class: BélO

Hugely popular Haitian musician, BélO, came to do a Masterclass at the Audio Institute in January. BélO was born in Haiti in 1979, and now works as an author, composer, guitarist, and singer. He is a winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious “Prix Radio France International Discoveries of 2006.” His musical style, known as “Ragganga,” […]

15 December

Master Class : Jackson Browne

Master Class : Jackson Browne

In early November, Artists for Peace and Justice Advisory Board Member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jackson Browne visited Audio Institute to teach a special master class. The students, who had been listening to his music all week in preparation for his visit, received Jackson very enthusiastically. His lesson focused on the […]

25 October

Community Outreach: Claude Pierre

Community Outreach: Claude Pierre

The next visitor to the Institute was Claude Pierre, a storied troubadour musician from the hugely famous Haitian big band Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste with hits like “Tchoul No 3″, “Ti Carole”, and “Manman Tyoul La Sou” . His masterclass was integrated into Director Dadi Beaubrun’s “History of Haitian Music” course, and his lecture focused on the divergence of konpa […]

15 October

Community Outreach: Boulo Valcourt

Community Outreach: Boulo Valcourt

Our first community impact event occurred in October, with legendary Haitian musician Boulo Valcourt’s Masterclass and Performance. Boulo was born in Cap-Haitien on February 12, 1946. He began singing and playing guitar at 16 years old. The first group he formed, “Les Copains,” marked a crossroads in Haitian music. At the age of 18 he moved to Canada, […]

2 February

Behind the Scenes: We Are The World 25 for Haiti

Behind the Scenes: We Are The World 25 for Haiti

10 Ciné Institute students and staff were invited by director Paul Haggis to travel to Los Angeles and help shoot the official ‘We Are the World 25 for Haiti’ music video and behind the scenes documentary. Thank you to everyone who has helped us rebuild as we continue to provide education to Haiti’s poorest and […]