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Hip-hop Pioneer, Artist, Filmmaker, Producer
Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite is considered one of hip-hop’s leading architects and pioneers.
Brathwaite hit pop-culture stardom as the popular host of YO! MTV Raps, which became the highest rated show on the channel beginning in the late 1980s. The show helped bring hip-hop to mainstream America, and beyond.
Before that, Brathwaite gained notoriety in the late 1970s as one of the first graffiti artists to exhibit paintings international. He also was instrumental in the first film on hip-hop culture, “Wild Style,” which he produced, starred in, and composed all of the original music for.
After his departure from MTV, Brathwaite embarked on a number of business ventures, including serving as the head of independent label Pallas Records. There he signed, executive produced, and created the visuals for rap group Crucial Conflict. He currently focuses on producing and exhibiting his visual art. His work was recently featured in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “Art in the Streets.” Learn more
Poet, Playwright, Editor, Publisher
Patricia Spears Jones comes to Bloomfield College with a four-decade history of major cultural impact.
Named by essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010, she is the author of the poetry collection “Painkiller and Femme du Monde” and “The Weather That Kills,” as well as five chapbooks including “Living in the Love Economy.” Her fourth collection, “A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems” features her 2016 Pushcart Prize winning poem, “Etta James at the Audubon Ballroom.” Her works are included in numerous anthologies, and in 2015 she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund award for her memoir in progress.
Spears Jones is the editor of “The Future Differently Imagined,” an issue of “About Place Journal,” the online publication of “Black Earth Institute,” and was editor and contributor to the blog project “Thirty Days Hath September: Another Kind of Noise.” She was the co-editor of the 1978 ground-breaking anthology “Ordinary Women: An Anthology of Poetry by New York City Women.” Learn more
Peter Gordon is Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Technology Program.
Prof. Gordon attended the University of California, San Diego (B.A. Liberal Arts-Music) and Mills College (M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording.) He comes to Bloomfield College with a long career as a composer, producer, recording artist and arranger and his professional experience informs his teaching classes in music composition, production and improvisation.
Gordon’s music transcends genres – it is heard in the concert hall as well as on the dance floor. Gordon has received the Obie Award for his work in music theater and the Bessie Award for his compositions for dance, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. He has also been received visiting artist grants from DAAD (Berlin) and Japan-US Friendship Commission. He has composed four operas, released numerous recordings on major and independent labels, most recently a retrospective album on DFA Records, and he has performed internationally with his Love of Life Orchestra.
Yuichiro Nishizawa is an associate professor and the chair of the Division of Creative Arts & Technology.
Professor Nishizawa attended Rhode Island School of Design (BFA in Film/Animation/Video) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and MFA in Art and Technology).
Working with the diverse population of students and like-minded peers at Bloomfield College fuels Nishizawa. He regards his position as a privilege. He is “committed to the practice of knowledge as trans-disciplinary, teaching/learning as non-hierarchical, experiential and collaborative, and education as critical reflection, liberation and social action.”
He has enjoyed teaching regularly the following classes:
Nishizawa, born in Tokyo, is interested in the complexity of the technological influences on and beyond everyday experience. He employs a wide array of media and methods in his work and inquiry. His hope is to provide an experience that brings the viewer to questions, furthers their own spirit of inquiry, engages their curiosity, and prompts them to imagine. His innate interest in function and form, conjoined with his investigation, has also led him to pursue furniture design and fabrication.Learn more
Digital Media, Sound Artist, Performer
Pamela Z is a composer, performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video
She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (New York City), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (San Francisco), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles.
Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Creative Capital, the Herb Alpert Award, MAP, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency. Learn more
Author, Musicologist, Composer, Musician, Radio Producer
Ned Sublette is an award winning author, producer and singer-songwriter.
Sublette’s credits include co-authoring “The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry” with Constance Sublette, as well as authoring “The Year Before the Flood,” “The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square” (the winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year in 2009), and “Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo” (winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award).
Sublette co-founded the record label Qbadisc, which pioneered the marketing of contemporary Cuban music in the United States in the early 90s. He has produced over 150 episodes of the Peabody Award-winning public radio program Afropop Worldwide and co-founded their Hip Deep series, which brings the work of scholars to a radio audience. He has been a Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Md, among many other honors. He has written and sung such albums as “Kiss You Down South” and “Ships at Sea, Sailors and Shoes.” His song “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly,” composed in 1981, was released as a single by Willie Nelson in 2006.
Digital Media, Sound Artist, Performer
Jonathan Zalben runs First Frame Music, a company for music supervision, licensing, and score. He has written music for numerous films.
Zalben studied violin and music composition at Julliard Pre-College, attended Yale University (B.A. in music), and New York University (MFA in music composition and multimedia).
Zalben’s music has appeared in films released by companies such as HBO, Lionsgate, Discovery, and Sony Pictures Classics. He scored the HBO Oscar-nominated documentary “Redemption,” the Starz feature film "Flock of Dudes," as well as the HBO documentary “There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane.” He has numerous music supervision credits and has received grants from the Experimental TV Center through the New York State Council on the Arts, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Swing Space Program, the U.S. Navy, and the National Academy of Sciences. Learn more
Abraham Gomez-Delgado teaches Sound Art and Production at Bloomfield College.
Professor Gomez-Delgado attended Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Bard College (MFA). He comes to Bloomfield College with an accomplished background as a composter, multi-instrumentalist, and performance Artist.
Born in Puerto Rico, Gomez-Delgado relocated to the U.S. as a child. He leads the experimental Latin music group Zemog el Gallo Bueno, as well as co-leads the avant-latin jazz big band Positive Catastrophe, and has a Performance Art group under the name Eje. Gomez-Delgado is also a vocalist in his own compositions as well as in composer saxophonist Fred Ho’s Green Monster Big Band. He is the recipient of the New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation (2010), and has been awarded a Meet The Composer MetLife Grant (2010) and the USArtists International Award, National Endowment for the Arts grant (2010). Learn more