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 […]

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, […]

1 October

Meet our Inaugural Class

Meet our Inaugural Class

We’re proud to announce the brand new Audio Institute are now open for the 2013-2014 school year. Audio Institute began with a piece of land and a dream to build a free art and technology college for the very poor and very talented. This year we have 100 college students enrolled at Cine and Audio […]

9 September

Letter from our Director: Dadi Beaubrun

Letter from our Director: Dadi Beaubrun

The first year of the Audio Institute: We Are The World School of Music and Audio Engineering has just begun. We’re starting the year with 30 Students (20 men and 10 women) of varying backgrounds and experience levels. Some are well established local DJ’s, others have studied classical music at the local music school while still others are involved […]

15 August

Audio Institute Welcomes New Director: Dadi Beaubrun

Audio Institute Welcomes New Director: Dadi Beaubrun

We’re excited to announce Daniel “Dadi” Beaubrun is joining the Artists Institute team as Audio Institute Director! Dadi Beaubrun is a brilliant, composer, songwriter, producer, engineer and musician. His unique musical style blends traditional Haitian Vodou rhythms with rock, pop and blues which is know as Razin (roots) music. This distinct Razin sound is evident in […]

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 […]